When Steve Jobs pulled out the iPhone at Macworld 2007 it was a game changer. Smart phones became what they are today because the iPhone flipped the market on its proverbial lid. Google built a search engine into a billion dollar industry and the web has never been the same because they changed the game. Say what you want about Microsoft but when they licensed their software and NOT hardware it changed the computer market forever. Similarly, mobile computing was in its infancy when Palm and US Robotics came along and released the Palm 1000. The PDA market exploded because Palm changed the game.
Each game-changer was innovative, fresh, and excited people. Palm recaptured that exciting spirit at CES in 2009 with the debut of the Palm Pre. But after HP stopped developing webOS hardware in 2011 it all but killed the innovation of webOS to the mobile world and fans of the platform were left without hope it would ever reach competitive market share. Open webOS was born but that game was so new it didn’t have a rule book. The game was over before it really began or so it seemed. Continue reading webOS Internals founder to OM/PIC “Too little, too late”