Don't count WebOS
out just yet. The mobile operating system started by Palm
, and now being handled by HP, has struggled to reach critical mass in recent years, mostly due to inadequate Palm hardware and a rough ride as it has changed families mid-course. But in a recent press event, HP revealed three new WebOS devices, indicating that they were intent on continuing to support the brand, the OS and the development of that OS. In fact, one of the key factors in WebOS' eventual growth will be developer support. If no one develops applications for the WebOS app store, consumers won't have a good reason to invest their time in the system.
HP also announced that developers who have built apps for the Pixi will have another handset to sell on: the Veer. If your app is already optimized for a 320 x 400 display, it should be easy to port it over to the Veer. WebOS 3.0 is obviously just around the bend, and this is a big step in getting everyone ready for that next wave. Will 3.0 be the build that finally competes heavily with Android and iOS? We can't help but hope so -- more options are always good for the consumer.