Meg Whitman’s New Smokescreen: Android To Become Closed-Source?

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Wild speculation has been rampant as of late, and HP is no exception.  Meg Whitman, who is undoubtedly doing something great right now, has tried to stir the proverbial pot with this statement:

I think there is room for another operating system. iOS is great but it is a closed system. I think that Android may end up as a closed system because of [Google’s] relationship with Motorola.

That statement, made at HP’s global partner summit in Las Vegas, is a tough pill to swallow.  While not exactly fighting words, this statement was most certainly designed to get people talking.  Is HP trying to create a fear factor around the Android namesake in order to maintain relevance?  Maybe it’s a shallow attempt to stay on the radar while they twiddle their thumbs

Now it’s my turn to do a little wild speculating.  Why will we have to wait until September to see an open-source WebOS in complete form?  What’s hiding in the code that prevents this from happening right now.  As we speak, HP TouchPad users are falling over themselves to install Android on their device and not WebOS.  Is this not a chief concern of HP’s?  How can they possibly expect to keep mind-share with the public if the few devices that are out there are not even running the house OS.  Sure, the TouchPad was a hot item when it was liquidated, but who really got those machines?  I would speculate that many of them were users looking for a cheap tablet and are not every-day-joe’s.  The only people who got in on that firesale were tech guys who read tech news.  Not your grandpa or aunt Helen.

They have Android on their devices now, and they are happy to show it off.  This is how you’ll be remembered Touchpad.

As for Motorola and Google as one, I think that GOOG‘s market cap speaks volumes about who holds the cards in the partnership.

Meg, you won’t stay relevant stirring the pot.  You need to finish the meal and serve your hungry patrons.


Dean Howell

Dean Howell has over a decade of experience with Linux and nearly 2 decades of experience with computers in general. Currently, Dean is Editor-in-chief of The Powerbase and also works for one of the world's largest providers of Linux-based NVRs.

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  • Neel

    The least said about the old cow, the better.

    But doing something great?
    They had a failed product and THEN decided to open it up since they had nothing to lose. Its a low risk way to get into the whole community game and get some positive press (because open is the new green and EVERYTHING is open now, soup, sandals, toilets… if you can call it open, its good) out of it.]

    A throaway failed project hardly constitutes a big step.

    Its like if Corel decided to open CorelDraw 1.1 right now, meaningless step.

  • Crb3

    This is the same Meg Whitman, remember, who comes from eBay, where its Paypal was allowed to continue to fleece its customers… and politics. If she says something truthful IMO it’s by accident.

  • James LaBarre

    Q: How can you tell if Meg Whitman is lying?
    A: Her lips are moving.

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