HP recently ‘killed off’ their Mobile Operating System, WebOS, which they not long ago acquired when they bought out Palm; but what’s this got to do with Android? Not much really, however, here’s why I think Google and Motorola (Googlerola, if you will) should be paying attention — in my dream world, at least.
With WebOS pretty much dead in the water; HP are trying to get rid off their TouchPads by any means necessary — their weapon of choice? A $99 pricetag. By selling them at this price, HP are losing money — not that it matters to them — but they’re also selling them like hot-cakes.
Here’s where Googlerola should be paying attention.
Should the Google / Motorola acquisition go through, Googlerola should be pricing their devices at an extremely low price and making up for the lost profits with the Android Market — that is making Google millions already. By doing so, they may piss off other manufacturers at first, but they’ll increase Android’s market share by a noticeable amount.
Once Android’s market share is at a point where the Android Market is creating a considerable profit, Google should then support other manufacturers by allowing them to sell their devices for lower prices and giving them a percentage of the Android Market profits depending on the amount of devices they’ve sold — using analytics from the Android Market.
This would happen in a world where justice prevailed, however, we’re not in that world. So I believe Android devices will continue to be on the somewhat pricey side. Lame. Though if it does happen, I want credit and payments; Google you have my info.