With the launch of RIM’s tablet computer based on QNX and HP’s confirmation that WebOS will not be licensed, we have
- Apple the largest tablet and music player company,
- HP the largest PC company,
- RIM the largest smartphone company in the US, and
- Nokia largest smartphone company in the world
These are the companies which today are profitable and enjoy large market shares. Why did they choose integrated (aka “closed”) software with their hardware vs. the modular (aka “open”) approach offered by Google and Microsoft?