I use a WebOs TouchPad everyday. My daughter has an IPad2, which she uses everyday as well.
The TouchPad is a good product, but I believe HP shot themselves in the foot when they initially priced the TouchPad on par with the IPad2. That made a lot of people, who were curious and expecting to buy a WebOS tablet, to think twice about it, or to delay their purchase decision - expecting the inevitable promotions and rebates.
Then Leo effectivelly killed the platform after a few weeks in the market - and after months and months of developement - due to "poor" sales. Give me a break.
A software platform needs hardware to run on in order to evolve - if they liquidated their stock of Touchpads, and smartphones, they now have a stagnant piece of the market. No new hardware for WEbOS will be available in the foreseable future.
So, with that, the platform roadmap reaches a dead end, and there is not much incentive to continue to refine WebOS. There is going to be no TouchPad2... Unless Meg revives the product line. She will need, among other things, to provide a clear commitment to the market/customers and the app developers.
HP never should have bought WebOS in the first place. It was already a day late & $10 short when they bought it instead of letting it die like they should have. The only possible future for WebOS is open source, or none. I say give the open source community WebOS as a Christmas present, and at least they may get something in return eventually, even if not what was envisioned in their original grandiose delusions.
culture influencing the strategy of a company suits when the things are going in the right direction. For example, in case of Nokia the board hired an outsider just to change the culture so that he can save them.
WebOS seems technically excellent. With its use of web technologies for app development, it is developer's heaven compared to the low level environments of Android and iOS. In my mind, it all comes down to corporate commitment. Without solid commitment from HP, app developers are not going to bother to support it. Without app developers' support, the platform is nowhere. HP paid a lot of money to get WebOS and then killed it by showing lack of commitment. How stupid.
The other day I was reading about mobile OS in the market and dont remember about WebOS. With Android,Symbian and others its a tough cometition. But I guess would study somethin gmore about WebOS before commenting more..
Patk0317 has it right - a basic tenant of marketing as well. In mature markets, #1 is Wonderful, #2 is terrific if you can hold on to the position, #3 is terrible since you are more likely to slip than gain, and #4 & #5 is "Forget it!"
However, like the cell phone markets, top players have now receded and their share taken up by others. For example ZTE just became the #4 cellphone maker in the world and 5 years ago you would not have counted them for that. Usually those kind of shifts are caused by mis-steps of the leaders, not by giant leaps in strategy of the former underdog.
If the decision on WebOS is to proceed, it will be a bit like farming, e.g. There's a lot of acreage to plow before any crop comes up, and then you don't know if you have a viable market for it when the crop is ready. Oh..don't forget the weather, er.. environment changes during the process. Those tend to be unpredictable.