The problem most developers have is not whether or not an app is good enough (though there is that).
The main problem is getting attention.
There are over 300,000 apps in Apple’s App Store. How do you attract attention in that crowd?
You don’t even try.
1) Develop for webOS.
2) Gain attention for having a damn great webOS app.
3) People using iOS and Android will hear about it.
4) They’ll ask you to develop iOS and Android versions too.
Your marketing budget is reduced because webOS exposure did it for you. Your app has been proven to work, to be needed, and to sell. Demand has been created for iOS and Android while you were making money via webOS.
What’s not to like about any of this?
Another plus for developing for webOS: Unlike Android, you have one OS version to target with known hardware profiles. No having to figure out if potential customers have 1.x, 2.x or 3.x.
In addition, webOS customers will love you for giving them something no one else has. Your company will be established as a premier webOS developer and your customers will remain loyal.
And as you move out into iOS and Android, those webOS users will tell their friends too.
Lastly, don’t you think HP/Palm is bound to promote applications that show off its tablets in the best light? Apple did that in its iPhone TV commercials and print ads.
So, if I had an app that I wanted to sell today, an app that no one else has done, I’d skip iOS and Android and go straight for webOS.
And that’s what I think the smartest developers will do.