WebOS open source challenges Android

4/19/2012 3:07:41 PM

Just a few months ago, webOS mobile operating system seemed to be outdated after its owner, HP, abolished it together with TouchPad tablet and Pre 3 mobile phone. At this time, in an absolute move, the company claims that the operating system will be freely available for all by making it become an open source.

Description: WebOS open source challenges Android

This move was motivated by the revenue of renewed TouchPads on eBay, which convinced HP that there are still needs for tablet and webOS that the company obtained when buying PDA, Palm pioneer in 2010.

Description: TouchPads

WebOS was abandoned in non-completion after HP quit producing WebOS-based  hardware in 2011’s summer. After that claim, TouchPad’s price reduced to £89 to barter to customers, at that time the needs were so high that a few retailers’ websites were collapsed due to a great number of people accessing.

The revenue of renewed TouchPads on eBay at America shows that the needs are still high, with all tablets sold out with a price of $99 within just a few hours.

Description: Touchpad for $99

HP’s claim that WebOS is freely available for everyone has been welcomed by TouchPad’s owners and open source community. However, some details – such as which open source will be chosen – have not been solved yet.

HP’s move will allow WebOS to compete equally with Android operating system, which has been become an open source since bought by Google.

Like all open source projects, WebOS will invite everyone to contribute codes and fix bugs. The software can also be shifted to new devices.

HP hopes the move will encourage third-party producers to design WebOS-based devices, but still do not know whether the software pulls producers off Android OS.

WebOS is the only basis designed in the beginning to become mobile, connect to cloud, and have ability to expand,’ addressed Meg Whitman, HP”s president and CEO, at the time of claiming. ‘By contributing this innovation, HP will release creativity of open source community to improve a generation of new apps and devices.’

Why does HP return to the basic definition?

HP flabbergasted technology world last year when the CEO of that time, Leo Apotheker, revealed of a completely new strategy for the world’s biggest PC producer. In August, Apotheker claimed HP bought Autonomy, a UK’s software company, quit doing business of WebOS devices, and considered selling PC part.

This shocking announce causes HP’s shares to reduce nearly 25% within just one night. After 10 years piloting the company – and with share price lower than 40% compared to the time in which he was promoted – Apotheker was replaced his position of CEO by Meg Whitman, who had been eBay’s CEO before, in Sept, 2011.

Under Whitman’s direction, the company revalued Apotheker’s plans and decided to keep the business of Personal Systems Group (PSG).

‘Keeping PSG in HP is right’, asserted Whitman. ‘HP evaluated objectively strategic, financial, and operational impacts of quitting PSG. The clear fact after analyzed was that keeping PSH in HP was right for customers and partners, for shareholders, and for staff.’

Description: HP

The claim brought necessary belief in PC manufacturing market. Though many analyzers believe that global PC market is nearly obtaining saturation, it is still valuable with 175.1 billion dollars. HP occupies a rather big part of the market, with market share nearly 18% in 2010.

The news HP will make WebOS basis become open source and can manufacture new computers is a surprising thing. We still have to wait so as to see whether it has enough strength to challenge Android and Apple, but the focus put in company’s hardware at least brought HP to a more familiar field.

PC market share (2010)

HP: 17.9%

Dell: 12.9%

Acer: 12%

Lenovo: 9.7%

Toshiba: 5.4%

Other: 42.10%

HP occupied 18% of PC market share in 2010 and was still the dominant force.

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