Poll: HP's done with smartphones, so where do you go from here?
Yesterday was a day of bombshells. HP announced that they were going to open source all of webOS, presumably to the tune of not making hardware themselves. And then HP CEO Meg Whitman came out and said that HP indeed does have plans to make webOS hardware, specifically tablets, but it won’t be anytime soon. She also said that she can’t see HP ever getting back into the smartphones business, which means unless somebody else picks up webOS for smartphones, the likelihood of a new webOS smartphone for the masses is slim to none. That said, we’ve seen webOS 3.0 – the version used on the TouchPad – get hacked onto Android phone hardware, so anything’s possible. Likely is another story, but with webOS going open source, it is in the realm of possibility.
So that leads us to ask the question: what’s a webOS smartphone user to do? Do you stick it out for as long as you can, stockpiling Pre3 boxes in the corner? Or do you make the switch to a slick and deliciously thin Android phone? What about switching to iPhone? Maybe Windows Phone? Or do you hold out for the new BlackBerry 10 devices? Or… do you go the middle route – getting a different platform’s device and forcing webOS onto it?
It's a question we asked back in August, and it's one we have to ask again today: what are you going to do?