1. Is WebOS That Great?HP unveiled several outstanding WebOS features at its Feb. 9 event. They were highlighted by its superior multitasking capabilities and searching. But the question remains: is WebOS really that great? It undoubtedly looks nice, but until folks can get their hands on it and try it out for themselves, there's no way to know if it can hold up to other platforms. WebOS is simply an unknown quantity. Android is known and understood. That should appeal to HP right now.
On Feb. 9, HP unveiled its plans for the future of its mobile strategy. And by the looks of things, those plans rely heavily on WebOS, the platform that the company now owns, thanks to its acquisition of Palm last year for $1.2 billion. To some extent, that makes sense. HP is a public company that has a responsibility to its shareholders. And the last thing it wants to do is acquire a company for over a billion dollars and not deliver to those investors good reason for why it went ahead and bought another company. But at the same time, HP needs to think about its long-term ability to appeal to customers. And when it views the market in that way, it might have no other choice but to ditch WebOS in favor of Android. Of course, HP would disagree. But as it stands right now, Android could be the best choice for the company as it considers its place in the mobile market. WebOS might have promise, but until consumers see as much value in it as HP does, it won't do much to change things for the company. Here's why HP should ditch WebOS for Android.
This article was originally published on 2011-02-24
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