After failing to find a buyer for Palm’s assets, HP begrudgingly announced that webOS would be an open affair. With the dust finally settled, HP CEO Meg Whitman saw fit to reveal details about her feelings towards webOS’ future, explaining how HP has a clear vision for the beset operating system. In addition, Whitman audaciously claimed that HP is building something “that has huge advantages” over iOS and Android.
Speaking with CRN, Whitman accused iOS of being too closed, while accusing Android of being “incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with [Google's] acquisition of Motorola Mobility.” Whitman went on to say, “There is a clear vision of what we’re trying to accomplish. There will be some people who will not love that vision, and then there are people who are very excited about this vision, and what it can mean for an alternative, open-source operating system that has some real strengths to it.”
What “vision” Whitman is referring to wasn’t exactly made clear. She did, however, reveal that the Palo Alto-based company has big plans to get back into the tablet market, although with Windows 8 as the company’s preferred OS. “We’re coming back into the market with a Windows 8 tablet, first on an x86 chip and then maybe on an ARM chip,” Whitman said.
At this point, it’s difficult to fathom webOS gaining any significant market share with regards to iOS and Android popularity. Sure, HP could potentially offer advantages over both OSes, but whatever those may be would likely become implemented into Apple’s and Google’s operation systems in the future. Whitman is optimistic, but that doesn’t always equal sales. HP doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to webOS. We shall see as the year goes on.