webOS: the day after – on to anger!

I think I’m working my way through the five stages of grief here. Today I’m angry at HP for repeatedly saying that it was a marathon not a sprint, etc., and then deciding to kill the TouchPad less than 50 days after it launched. And the Pre3 launched like two days ago in Europe!

(to be clear, no anger at Palm GBU employees – they’ve been great and it sounds like everyone was blindsided yesterday…and obviously there’s a lot of uncertainty for them. Good luck, guys and gals!)

My plans for now are this: keep working on apps, because it sounds like they really do want to license webOS even though the rational thing to do would be to line up a suitor before announcing they’re shutting down webOS hardware. This is not rocket science. I’m guessing Apotheker wanted to announce the shutdown during the conference call to convince shareholders things will get better, but man, talk about the worst thing possible for the platform.

So I’ll keep at it, with a bit less fervor than before. If I look at mobile OS’s that I would want to develop for and can on a Linux machine, that narrows it down to…Android and QNX as far as I can tell. QNX seems to have very little future, and Android doesn’t really excite me that much. So, who knows!

I’m not sure what to do about my next phone, given that I don’t know what’s going to happen with the Pre3.

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