Back on the Grid: Thoughts on webOS

rahulsoodI much prefer this picture of me than the one they selected...but hey, you can’t win ‘em all. I’m happy to be back on the grid, some people thought I disappeared off the face of the earth. I’ve been posting on my personal blog at but I have not been on The Next Bench in awhile. That’s not to say that I haven’t been doing anything, but the things I’ve been working on are confidential for the moment.


Nothing has excited me more in the last couple of years than our acquisition of Palm. While some people can’t make heads or tails of it, I’m sure once you actually try webOS you’ll suddenly realize that we might be onto something.


I am a big believer in the software - and the ecosystem they have...or now I can say we have... over at Palm is pretty compelling. Their biggest challenge were resources and scale, but with HP we plan to address of all of that.


HP has learned a thing or two about acquisitions since 2006. The Voodoo deal started off with massive momentum - and we were later integrated into the larger parts of HP. We did bring in a number of great technologies and ideas into the company, and overall I would say the portfolio has changed for the better. Sure there were challenges, but chalk those up as valuable learning experiences...and Voodoo is still here, just not in the same form it once was. Regardless of where it goes, I promise you that we won’t lose our edge, and we’ll keep pushing the limits to make things slightly uncomfortable for our competitors.


Palm is exciting because HP finally has control over the entire device and developing ecosystem, from hardware to software. I would also argue that webOS is the best mobile operating system out there, and I’m not the only one who thinks this. It’s so slick, and it offers way more flexibility than other mobile operating systems. Take it from someone who has every phone you could possibly imagine or want (including a Vertu and even that B&O Serene). I’ve been around the block, tried them all.


The Palm deal is of huge strategic significance to HP, and we don’t plan on losing the battle.


I will be flying out to the Bay Area in September. You’ll start to hear more from me. In the meantime stay tuned as I will be on webOSroundup later today. If you have questions to ask me please post them on their forum


Tags: Palm| Voodoo| WebOS
by MrKalEl
on ‎08-05-2010 10:42 PM

Once again... Great editorial & gives me assurance that webOS & Palm is in gfood hands...

by Nurani Venkat
on ‎08-06-2010 11:02 AM


I am writing this because I am a big follower of  HP and using the Touch Smart.  Of late I hear and see a lot of buzz around this Apple iPad. I gather that HP is going to introduce the Touch Tablet Slate. Being a poineer in Touch Technalogy, why is HP delaying this product and like Apple did will it skip India for its release.

Please let me know.



by dramsey
on ‎08-10-2010 05:39 PM

Um, wait. "Voodoo is still here"? In what sense? All I see is a depressing dead Voodoo web site, still hyping the out-of-production-for-more-than-a-year Firebird. Even the Next Bench' Voodoo-specific forums seem to have vanished in the latest website reorg.


As the owner of an Exhilaration Edition Blackbird, I mourn the passing of the company and remember the fun conversations with the techs while my system was being built, and the great customer service when a GTX280 blew up. I realize the current economy makes selling high end customized systems difficult if not impossible, and realize that not every company is immortal.


But the only thing sadder is seeing the assertion that "Voodoo is still here", as though there were actually an entity with such a name, or a product with "Voodoo DNA" branding, or anything at all.

by no
on ‎08-10-2010 08:47 PM
It is significant because HP wants to be an Apple. Now you depend on Linux, WebKit, HTML5 and ARM. Palm was using gcc from Apple. I guess you will be using Clang/LLVM as well. Welcome to World of Apple. Too bad you won't be contributing to them, just consuming them.
by Rahul Sood
on ‎08-13-2010 12:31 PM

Dramsey, the new Voodoo site is on the way. You are correct, there are no Voodoo branded products at the moment, but the ENVY brand continues to be used on the HP Envy series of systems.



by Rahul
on ‎08-13-2010 05:36 PM

MrKalEl – thnx for the kind words.


Nurani Venkat – all I can say is stay tuned. India is a really important market for us. I promise you won’t be left out.


Dramsey – don’t mourn! There’s more Voodoo around than you think. Check out the new Envy notebook if you’re looking for the Voodoo team’s handy-work. Other than that, I can’t say much except that you shouldn’t rule anything out. And if you’re looking for the old crew from the forums, you can still find them here and here.

by jazmine
on ‎08-23-2010 12:19 PM



dis was great for me to learn about i really like computers and like for u to help me wit the computer work so please dont email me  please do not email me

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