It's like Apple
Or in more updated terms, it's like Apple slowly merging the Mac OS and iOS in order to convince developers that its platforms offer the greatest profit opportunity.
Either way, this isn't the HP whose slogan used to be "invent." And yet borrowing from Apple's playbook is probably a good idea. Having PCs with WebOS means more devices for WebOS apps, which creates more incentive for developers to take time away from writing iOS and Android apps.
What troubles me is the timing and the nonchalance of it all. I'm having visions of Apotheker-led executive meetings in which a competitive review dictates strategy. Here's how it plays out in my head:
"Honeycomb looks great on tablets!"
"Yeah, and Chrome OS is going to kill it on netbooks."
"Don't forget the new iPad!"
"Right, and Microsoft
"OK, so let me get this straight. We need something to compete against Apple and the iPad, Google
Maybe it's time. I just don't see how a copycat strategy that boosts access but not features changes anything. Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think about WebOS, HP's strategy, and what developers want from the PC makers using the comments box below.
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