Well the world of mobile OS is in a tizzy right now. There are rumours that Samsung and LG are being pressured by the South Korean Government to drop Android and support the development of a new mobileOS that is home grown in South Korea. Not this is just a rumour but it would actually start to make sense that outwardly the Mobile Handset Powerhouses are looking some where else other than Google now that Motorola is part of the direct wheel house of Google.
The even bigger news though is that there seems to be some interest from Samsung to purchase the now dead WebOS from HP. This would allow Samsung to sit on equal playing field with Apple and its iOS, Google/Motorola with Android and the Microsoft/Nokia partnership. Also on the table for Samsung is the purchase of the PSG section of HP that produces most of the consumer electronics that go under the HP/Compaq names.
On top of that, Samsung recently hired the former VP of the PSG division and this points me towards this is more than a rumour.
Now if we look ahead 12 months and the back to school calendar of 2012, what will the mobile landscape look like? Amazon is hitting the market with one some industry analysts are calling an iPad Killer tablet, the next generation of Motorola built Google Branded Super Phones will be hitting the market (and I can only imagine how happy American Mobility provider Verizon is about this one!) and deeper than that we will see the Windows Phone 8 hitting the shelves.
But when we throw into the mix, iOS5 and the iPhone 5/iPad 3 with a new powerful webOS ecosystem sponsored by Samsung…this becomes an interesting marketplace indeed. True choice for the consumer…powerful mobile devices consuming every waking moment. It will be interesting to watch the next 6 months unfold that is for sure.
Chris J Powell