Ok. Where did all the BlogIdollers that comment on smartphone announcements get to? I can’t believe I am the first to post on this topic! I read it in CNET News on the 28th – two whole days ago.
There’s lots of questions aren’t there? $1.2 Billion for a company many thought was fading out gradually. Why would HP make this move? Is HP beeting the business on mobility? Do they believe they had to be in the smart phone business? Do they want the expertise of the people working for Palm?
One article says that Palm invented the PDA, so I guess there’s experience and wisdon and patents (1,650 of them, according to the article) that can help HP. Todd Bradley (EVP of HP’s Personal Systems Group) said “Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team”. That should help HP to compete in the iPad and other mobile markets. Palm’s WebOS that may prove useful and is an alternative to Microsoft.
In the Globe and Mail Report on Business, on Thursday, they also pointed out that predictions suggest that mobile usage of the Internet will surpass wired connections by 2013 or 2014. You can’t really ignore a market of 2 billion smartphones!! Will integration across smartphones, slates/pads, laptops, desktops and cartops (new word?) prove to be a winning strategy?
So, in terms of “crossing the chasm“ we already have gorillas and lots of other players. Can HP become a gorilla of one or more of the wireless device markets? Does HP have some new ideas, a paradigm shift if you want to call it that, in their back pocket? It seems that, these days, you can’t just chase the market – you have to be an innovator with deep pockets.
Only time will tell! Will you be buying an HP slate, smartphone, etc. or do you already have brand loyalty (read crackberry addiction?) to whatever you have now? I know I do.