Monday, July 11, 2011

HP’s Tortured WebOS Positioning | Monday Note

Concluding paragraphs of a Jean-Louis Gassée HP WebOS reality check

The reality is simpler — and harder: HP decided to enter the smartphone/tablet fray. It thus competes with Android and iOS. The consumerization of IT renders the “enterprise-only” pivot null and void. In this new world, Google and Apple wage an ecosystem war: devices + apps + distribution. Add marketing, if you want, but Word Of Mouth is still more potent than ad dollars. Or merely reinforces it.

This is the war HP is in. Bragging, pivoting or denying will only hurt.

HP’s Tortured WebOS Positioning | Monday Note

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