HP's Rahul Sood: Hot hardware will bring in developers; Updated x2 | webOS Nation

HP's Rahul Sood: Hot hardware will bring in developers; Updated x2

by Dieter Bohn Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:01 am EDT

We've been keeping a close eye on HP's Rahul Sood, who has been the most vocal of HP's executives about the potential of webOS in the future. In addition to a recent blog post on Palm's official blog where he waxes on about how great hardware can generate excitement, Sood also has been engaging in a discussion on Palm's Facebook page where he notes that what we've seen of webOS 2.0 thus far is "just a taster" and that using it is "like wearing velvet."

That confluence of new features in webOS 2.0 and exciting new hardware is just what Palm needs right now to help solve another vexing problem for the platform: getting more and better apps. Sood himself just tweeted as much, saying that "everyone [developers] will want in once the presentation of the hardware is in front of them."  We like that sound of that, though citing the roadmap "over the next 12 months" isn't exactly the time window we were hoping to hear.

Which do you think comes first in the chicken and egg game of sweet apps and sweet hardware?

Update: In case you were feeling optimistic about imminent new webOS hardware, we'll let Sood's own words bring you down a notch:

... don't expect anything soon, please stop asking "when" --- i'd rather be straight with you. these things take time...

Update 2: Ah Twitter, how you strip away context and nuance. Sood's 'soon' above refers to not expecting an announcement soon, as he clarifies in a blog post. As we wrote in the original post, that window of releasing devices is still a very large 12 months:

You will certainly see products released over the next 12 months, some sooner than others, and some which are very exciting to me. The stuff that excites me the most are the new form factors. Now, when I said "over the next 12 months," I really mean over the next 12 months. Not at the end of 12 months, not tomorrow...but over the next 12 months we will see the makings of a new portfolio and the beginning of something great again. There is no predefined window of opportunity in the technology business; lack of innovation is the only thing that closes the window.

Whether "sooner than others" translates to "two thousand ten" is another vexing issue.

Source: @rahulsood