I'm probably stating the obvious, but the key to webOS's survival, IMHO, will be if hardware manufacturers with already razor thin profit margins choose to deploy it as a way to offer buyers lower cost tablet options, free from the "Microsoft tax" they currently pay on Android devices. I think this is especially true for makers of "specialty" Android tablets, like B&N's Nook and the Kindle Fire. AFAIK, B&N is still in court fighting the Microsoft tax. If they lose, no doubt the Fire will be Microsoft's next target in court. Given those devices use a custom UI and limit what apps are available anyway, it probably won't matter much to them which OS is running underneath the covers. And we still don't know how Google's acquisition of Motorola will play out. If Motorola tablets and phones get favored treatment, it might force players like HTC, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer and Asus to look at alternatives. Outside the US, e.g., Samsung is already pouring lots of development effort into Bada, which is a very slick alternative to Android and iOS, IMHO. There's a neat Bada 2.0 video here. Just my .02.