I’ve been listening to the conference call and the spin has been this:
1) webOS cratered due to inadequate hardware
2) People really love webOS
This is the same bullshit that Palm itself dished out before HP bought it!
Who’s to blame for the hardware? Aliens from outer space? HP once bragged about how fast they slapped webOS on a tablet!
And people love webOS only insofar as they imagine it. The reality of it is that it’s slow and will probably always be behind both iOS and Android.
I’m not buying anything that HP is saying.
Within a month, I expect the entire webOS team to be pinkslipped. There is no valid reason to continue that expense. It’s worth more as a total Palm patent portfolio. As even the webOS team has had to admit, it’s fit for only one CPU, period.
HP will take a $1B charge to wind down webOS. That’s on top of a $332M loss they’ve eaten so far.
Hoping for a licensee to come along is laughable, if not delusional. The well has been poisoned and no one will drink from it.
Jobs and Page and Ballmer have probably already put in calls to HP about buying the patents.
And since it’s increasingly looking like I will have no choice other than an iPad, I hope Apple wins the portfolio bidding.