HP Needs to do Something with webOS. Personally, I wish webOS was iOS’s closest competitor. Now that Google may have scared off those who jumped on the Android bandwagon, maybe this is HP’s chance:

Given the fears that some have over what Google’s control of Motorola could mean for other Android makers, some have suggested the deal might leave the door open for HP to get more aggressive about licensing its webOS to other device makers.

But…

Indeed, licensing webOS would put phone makers in the same position they may find themselves in with Google — that is, competing against the same company whose software they are using. This, tech historians note, is not something that has tended to work well in the tech industry.

The problem is, if HP can figure out a way around that problem, then so could Google… and there would be no reason for manufacturers to switch from Android.

(via Carlos Icaza)

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