|08-21-2011, 11:36 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North Yorkshire, UK
Device: Kobo H20, Nexus 5, HP Touchpad, Nexus 7.
The future of webOS
I was mulling over the fact that HP said that although it was killing off its hardware business it had no immediate plans to divest itself of webOS, and it struck me that this fire sale of Touchpads may be a play to build up a reasonable user base quickly.
HP could then continue to make money through webOS apps and services while looking around for other hardware manufacturers and licensing partners.
While mulling, I found this article with a view from inside HP which is worth reading:
|08-22-2011, 08:40 AM||#2|
Cynical Old Curmudgeon
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Halifax, Canada
Device: Kobo Mini, Kobo Arc, HTC Desire C
At the very least they'll have to keep their app store open for a while since it will be the only way they'll ever recoup the costs from getting well under 1/3rd of even just the parts cost ($300-$325 according to teardowns. Add in manufacturing, R&D, shipping, and marketing costs and I'd surprised if they're getting even a fifth of their costs back).
|08-22-2011, 01:59 PM||#3|
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|10-19-2011, 04:27 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: K3 wifi, K3 3G, K Touch, K Paperwhite
Well they released an update to WebOS yesterday... who knows where it goes next though.
|11-01-2011, 08:56 PM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Central Florida
Device: iPad "3", Kindle Touch, Kindle Fire, iPhone 4S
WebOS is now called Ice Cream Sandwich and is handled by Google.
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