In one of her first public speaking engagements since she took over as CEO of HP, former Ebay CEO and California Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman, made some interesting statements about Android and her WebOS.
Whitman, made a statement, purely speculative in nature, about the Google/Motorola acquisition. Whitman told the crowd that she thought Android would end up “close source”. Most industry analysts don’t agree with Whitman’s statement.
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Whitman may have made that statement because HP’s WebOS operating system just moved to open source distribution and development. Whitman is hoping to attract Android developers and partners who are used to Android’s open source nature, and of course starting a rumor to cause fear about Android abandoning their Open Source foundation would be just the move a former gubernatorial candidate would use, like a negative ad if you will.
In speaking about WebOS Whitman said: “It will take 2-5 years to fully play out, but I believe the industry really needs another operating system,” in an interview with Channel Buzz
No one, (we don’t even think HP) knows what’s going on with HP’s mobile unit. In April of 2010 HP bought a faltering Palm for $1.2 billion dollars and then didn’t have a clue as to what to do with it. After releasing their TouchPad tablet, based on WebOS, former CEO Leo Apotheker abruptly pulled the plug on the whole division in a last minute hail mary attempt at saving his job… It didn’t work.
When Meg Whitman took over as CEO of HP she eventually announced that WebOS would go open source and said nothing about the hardware division. Whitman is hoping that WebOS can become a third player in the mobile operating system space.