Did webOS really ever have a chance to succeed in the mobile world?
A common meme I've seen over the past year or so with regard to webOS is that "it has a lot of potential." This is something numerous users, critics, colleagues, and even myself have said. It seemed to have a lot of legitimately great ideas, but suffered from extremely poor execution and marketing.
It raises an interesting question though. Did webOS *really* ever have a chance to succeed in the mobile world? Or is the mobile world just way too crowded (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Meego, Symbian, etc...) -- too many platforms, too much competition?
What do you think?
As Peter says it's a volatile market, you never know when somebody will come and revolutionize it or even define a new one.
The whole thing reminds me of the Zune though. Tons of potential, but the company refused to back the product financially.
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But yes, flippant one-liner links aside, HP failed to actively court important developers (and I'm not talking Rovio). MS is doing it's darndest and look how much of an uphill run it's been for them - if they'd had HP's developer commitment WP7 would have been dead as a dodo about now.
If webOS would somehow go open source, it would become more successful I think. It definitely still has potential to be the dominant mobile platform.
With RIM and Nokia handing out market share like the guys in Vegas hand out porn you would think that there would be room for webOS, but you can’t make mistakes. When you're late to the party your execution has to be damn near perfect or Microsoft, Google, and Apple are going to eat your lunch.
How well Nokia and Microsoft execute Windows Phone and Windows Phone (Windows 8 or whatever it's called) on tablets will determine their success. Like webOS we know Windows Phone is a viable OS but winning the hearts and minds with apps, hardware, and marketing will be what determines how successful it is.
And hey, it's better and more mature then anything RIM has right now.
PS - Windows Phone 7 and RIM, watch your backs. The technology grim reaper is not far behind you.