aug 18th, 2011 CE
is this fallout from the google-motorola deal and apple's apparently insurmountable lead in tablets?
so it's becoming an oligopoly -- iphone and android phones will dominate, with perhaps a distant third player also.
i thought HP webOS had a decent chance at the third slot, but leo apotheker thinks otherwise.
quite sad, actually. now that HP is looking to shop its PC business, it is exiting smartphones/tablets as well, it looks like. sort of like Cisco killed off the Flip video player, i guess Palm is now history? i was an early palmpilot user and quite liked the platform.
i guess there's no point in being 5th in a 5-horse race.
the others still in the race: RIM's QNX, Microsoft's WinPhone7, Samsung's Bada
RIM *has* to stay in the business, or they shut the company. they have an incentive to push QNX and hardware hard, but their efforts recently have been dismal.
and Microsoft/Nokia -- must rankle MS to be so far behind the leaders, but they have the cash to hang on. so i predict they will remain, keep trying, and eventually get some traction.
samsung should kill bada and drop MS WinPhone7 and just stick to android