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In mid-March, HP unveiled its plan to use WebOS to link devices such as PCs, tablets, printers, and smart phones. Palm plans to eventually load WebOS on all its products, and it's devoting significant time at this year's APC to get partners on board with its vision.
Synnex, interestingly, is one of the first HP partners to build a WebOS development team. Synnex built a WebOS application that contains information and scheduling for HP's APC event, in an effort to show its development skills built around the platform.
One HP partner told CRN he's impressed with the move and says there's plenty of business in health-care, manufacturing and point of sale applications.
"Synnex is doing something that is vital to the growth of the WebOS," said the source, who requested anonymity. "If Synnex can be first to market an applications market, they could entrench themselves into the customer and partner. This is a way to build loyalty with the partner community."
But other HP partners are less sanguine about the viability of WebOS given the crowded state of the market. "I don't hear much about webOS in the marketplace, and it's going to be tough to build a mobility practice around it," said one HP partner, who was granted anonymity. "Apple and Android are the two established marketplaces out there. On the tablet side, why wouldn't you just get an iPad?"
There's a lot of noise in the mobile application development space, and the chatter is growing louder with HP now in the mix with WebOS. It's safe to say partners are interested in WebOS and the incentives HP is offering to get them on board. But whether that interest translates into significant developer momentum remains to be seen.