HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) having a new face, but an uncertain future; Samsung Corp. not playing nice anymore; and consumers not giving up their iPhones are among the items heading up this week's operating-system chronicles.
Apple iPhone is sticky: Apple is expected to announce its enigmatic iPhone 5 on Oct. 4, which may be one of the only reasons Fanboys might give up their iPhone 4s. According to UBS Research , Apple's smartphone has an 89 percent -- and growing -- retention rate. Its closest follower, High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498), only retains 39 percent of its customers, but most other rivals are seeing their rates decline. This is one of the few times it's good to have a sticky phone.
Samsung wants nada for bada: Samsung is mulling opening up its bada OS to third-party developers for free next year, reports The Wall Street Journal. Open-sourcing bada, instead of buying another OS, would help to lessen its dependence on Android and move its software to other devices, including connected TVs. (See OS Watch: Samsung Disses webOS.)
HP has burned a lot of bridges with its suppliers and developers around webOS and the Touchpad. It's hard to imagine it really reclaiming it, but it may not have a choice if no one else wants it either.
I don't think there is really any market demand for WebOS as it stands now. It has no dominant hardware running it but it was able to do some interesting things with blurring the line between online and offline content. And so did Motoblur, but we see how that turned out.
I wonder if there would be a way to take what they've learned in apps development and support a viable partner who has strong hooks into the enterprise (like MSFT or RIM) as that seems to be where HP is going to move its focus.
I hope HP does something soon regarding webOS. With the recent firesale of the Touchpad there are a lot more users out there. Just check precentral forums and member numbers recently. If HP is serious about continuing with webOS at a minimum they should release another OS update asap.