In a rambling, unstructured post that reads as if it was done quickly in order to capitalize on the news, TNW spouts the ridiculous HP bullshit that webOS lives.
Samsung and HTC are mentioned as lifeline hopefuls for licensing the OS, with claims that HP has no intent to kill the OS or sell it.
First, Samsung has invested in its own OS, Bada. Why would they ditch that?
Second, HTC could pick up something that’s still totally untarnished and which has already been shown to generate lust cramps in someone like me: MeeGo. MeeGo is in fact superior to webOS in that developers can code fully in native language and produce apps that can compete with iOS.
Third, after the disastrous publicity webOS has gotten due to the TouchPad fiasco, what company in its right mind would say, “Gee, we’ll drink this poisoned water, nom nom.”?
HP can bray all it likes about how webOS isn’t dead. Reality will slap them awake and they will discover they have no choice but to sell the entire Palm patent portfolio to try to recoup some of the money they’ve sunk into it.
Apple, Google, Microsoft will want those patents. I hope Apple wins them. webOS elements — Cards, Stacks, Notifications — would at least live on in a good OS.
Finally, it is with some glee I read this sentence in that TNW post:
Only the top executives knew anything about this decision and even senior staff as high as Ari Jaaksi, the Vice President of webOS software, didn’t know about the shuttering of hardware before it happened.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Ah Jaaksi, the Maemo wunderkind of incompetency who whined that the webOS 3.0.0 dictionary was fucked-up because English was not his native language!
In addition, there is a few embarrassing things. As an example our dictionary included “dont” and “wont” instead of ”don’t” and “won’t”. What can I say? Stupid. But hey, English is not my first language. Yeah, I agree, not good enough – and you need to add the missing words yourself.
Oh. My. God. Thanks for destroying a second OS, you dolt!
Hey, Jaaksi, can you say, “You’re fired”?
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