Well, it’s Friday. We like to pick your brains on Fridays. This time, we’re wondering what you think about the latest happenings over at the HP camp. If you haven’t heard, HP has officially discontinued WebOS. The TouchPad and any WebOS smartphones will no longer be offered for sale. Of course, HP probably won’t just throw WebOS into the trashbin – licensing opportunities for third party OEMs may become an option sometime down the line.
But would this not be a perfect opportunity for Google to try and entice HP employees who worked on WebOS to join the Android team? They’ve already picked up Matias Duarte, the man responsible for all of the new design changes in Honeycomb and the forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich.
I’m sure there are still some very, very valuable talented developers and designers at HP who probably feel slighted by this move and would want nothing more than to jump on the train that’s actually going somewhere.
This is not to say that Android’s current team isn’t getting the job done – they most certainly are. But the more the merrier, I always say, and I’m sure Duarte wouldn’t mind having some of his old team back to help shape the future of Android.