Harry - 2:24 am on May 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
Bill, the thing you fail to understand in your support for Android is that any maker that relies on Android or Microsoft is ultimately subjugated to the OS software developer's control. HTC, Motorola, LG and even Dell have nothing new to offer and face a continuing challenge for patents of which Google has none for mobile devices.
It has been estimated that it will cost HTC $80 per unit to license Microsoft's patents, and that won't even protect it from further attacks from Apple.
Considering that HP has a history of maintaining its own OS (HP UNIX) and has had bad relations and business dealings in the past faced with sudden policy changes at Microsoft (ask HP about how they were totally compliant for Vista and then Microsoft just dismissed the compliance advantage to get more OEMs) would you continue to put your entire faith in another company's product?
How about being in the driver's seat for once. The only reason Apple hasn't sued Motorola yet, is because the former has a good enough patents portfolio compared with newcomer and overseas HTC.
Having said that, I've read a lot of comments from Android followers asking why Nokia, Rim, Palm, HP, company XYZ don't just settle with Android. Question is why would they? Why settle for Android? It's not even the best OS, it's fragmented, development is not as easy as other platform, although not as obscure as BlackBerry.
Android is Google's baby. Google has a history of backstabbing its partners. That's Google gameplan, to disrupt. You don't think Google won't stick a knife in Verizon's back at the first opportunity? Wasn't it Google that wanted to change the way users bought cellphones in direct opposition to Verizon? Isn't it Google that's promising high speed Internet to communities all over America in direct defiance of Verizon and other "partners?"
Why would anyone at this point trust Google when there was an opportunity like webOS that could be had for cheap? webOS is the best mobile operating system right now. It does not have the marketshare and penetration of Apple or Android, but it's a solid product. If more people had the opportunity to try it out, they would see why people like me a lot more folks unbashfully claim that it's the best mobile OS on the market and why it deserves to continue to flourish.