Over the last few months, there’s been so much turmoil in the touchscreen tablet space! Consider:
- HP’s newest foray into tablet computing, not with a Windows OS but instead with WebOS, subsequently gets beheaded in under 2 months after the TouchPad’s launch.
- Android’s Honeycomb and Gingerbread tablets are growing in number, but not so much in market share.
- RIM’s launch of the Playbook is widely acknowledged as a flop.
- Apple’s iPad 2 launch in March is one of the most successful product launches in recent history.
- And last but not least (by a slim margin), Microsoft continues to plug away with its Windows 7 stopgap strategy while working on Windows 8.
As a product person who’s been working on a HTML5-based offline web application, it’s been an exciting ride! So far, the recent events underscore several key ideas that product folks should take into account: platform flexibility, platform longevity, and control over the platform. Continue reading