RIM's plan to utilize a different OS in its tablet than on its smartphones also is an issue. "Either continuing with two OSes or putting one out to pasture will create confusion in the developer community. If RIM is indeed going to sunset the BlackBerry OS, it needs to do so fast." The RIM PlayBook tablet will use BlackBerry Tablet OS.
With its acquisition of Palm, HP has all form factors covered from servers down to smartphones and tablets. But HP faces obstacles as well, according to Forrester. "Indeed, HP has done little to demonstrate or indicate how it will integrate WebOS with Windows. Moreover, HP, historically, has never really understood the developer channel culture. On the other hand, Palm has a very energetic developer channel. However, HP has a lot of work to do to prove that it can leverage Palm's developer channel culture."
Forrester also cited a murky picture on a "killer app" for enterprise smartphones. "While traditional business applications (e.g., email, field service) rank high on customers' investment radars, mobile OS vendors are looking for that next killer app."
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