Thursday, August 18, 2011

Is HP scared of the Google Acquisition of Motorola Mobility?

Monday: Google announces acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion 

Wednesday: HP Pre 3 Smartphone goes on sale in Europe

Thursday morning: HP announces the new 64GB Touchpad for the EU market

Thursday afternoon: HP announces it is axing its WebOS product line

So what happened? My guess is HP panicked after the Google/Moto deal. Google now controls both the software and the hardware for its Android operating system. HP immediately saw this as a serious threat. What's more, Apple's iPad tablet has been eating into its laptop sales, and HP also announced that they were exiting the PC business.

I love the WebOS operating system, but unfortunately, better technologies do not always come to dominate markets. Android is not as polished, but it does have the advantage of a strong app developer community, which means there is no shortage of useful applications for the platform. Still, WebOS is a very well engineered system and I wonder what will become of it.

The same can be said of good ideas; they are not always widespread. Do not disregard unpopular ideas because they are unpopular. That unpopular idea may sometimes be better.

Do not disregard the fringe candidate because of a poor showing in a poll. That candidate may actually be a better choice.

The moral of the story is you can't be a sheep and buy something or do something or vote for someone just because everybody is doing the same.

1 comment:

  1. It would seem that as far as technology is concerned, sometimes it pays not to be an early adopter.