HP CEO: webOS will be better than iOS and Android

HP CEO: webOS will be better than iOS and AndroidWe can’t help but feel a bit sorry for those other operating systems. Y’know, the ones that aren’t Android or iOS. Let’s face it, Windows Phone is miles behind, and there’s reportedly just one BlackBerry 10 handset in the works.

However, despite Google and Apple’s continued dominance, HP’s new(ish) CEO, Meg Whitman, reckons the new open source webOS will be the best thing ever. Well, she would say that, wouldn’t she?

Speaking to CRN, Meg does a good job of sounding confident about the future of webOS, and insists HP has a "clear vision". Heck, surely it can’t go as wrong as last time – with the HP TouchPad and Pre 3 pulava.

Meg says: "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."

As we’ve heard before, HP ain’t done with tablets, however they’ll be flavoured with Windows 8 sauce. "We have to have a tablet offering," reckons Meg. “We will be back in that business. We’re coming back into the market with a Windows 8 tablet, first on an x86 chip and then maybe on an ARM chip.”

How excited should we be about webOS? Very. Check it: "We’re going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed system, [and] Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with [Google's] acquisition of Motorola Mobility."

Time will tell, I guess. Good luck, chaps.

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 18:14

WebOS is great...once all the patches have been installed and the TouchPad has been OC'd to 1.9ghz...

Okay, WebOS needs some work.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 19:29

Still, it IS the best mobile OS this side of MeeGo, but as matt said: it needs work and some must have apps.

jmarcelino  Feb. 4, 2012 at 20:02

"in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.”' - Eric Cador, HP's SVP for EMEA region - May 2011. Worked out great..Seems they're even more confused now given those comments.

Looks like HP will ultimately become a printer company. Shame. I loved HP systems, am HPUX certified and installed many thousands in HP networking equipment, but clearly they lost their way a long time ago.

MadBobUK  Feb. 4, 2012 at 20:29

i loved webOS and yet since installing CM7 and then CM9 I haven't booted once into webOS.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 21:09

i loved webOS and yet since installing CM7 and then CM9 I haven't booted once into webOS.
Reason? Missing certain apps?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 21:34

I installed CM9 on my TouchPad earlier today, it's by far the best tablet OS I've used. It's got smoothness and polish, openness for hacking and loads of Apps as it's Android. WebOS is good, Android is just better (in a form designed for tablets).

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 21:52

I installed CM9 on my TouchPad earlier today, it's by far the best tablet OS I've used. It's got smoothness and polish, openness for hacking and loads of Apps as it's Android. WebOS is good, Android is just better (in a form designed for tablets).

got a link? and send me the pad ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 22:21

I have links to many things, but I'm not sure what you want a link to? If you meant the CM9 stuff then:
http://rootzwiki.com/topic/15509-releasealpha06-cyanogenmod-9-touchpad/

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 22:21

As for the TouchPad, £200 and a visit to eBay is the only way you'll get your hands on one ;).

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 22:23

I have links to many things, but I'm not sure what you want a link to? If you meant the CM9 stuff then:
http://rootzwiki.com/topic/15509-releasealpha06-cyanogenmod-9-touchpad/
thx :)

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