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HP WebOS to arrive
soon - Post by Barry Tarlowe, La Habra Cloud Solutions for Mobile 12.15.10
However, in June HP's chief
executive Mark Hurd said to a group at a technology conference that HP wasn't going to "spend billions of
dollars trying to go into the smartphone business. That doesn’t in any way make any sense. We didn’t buy Palm
to be in the smartphone business."
Hurd also said, "and I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem
to resonate well. We bought it for the intellectual property value. The webOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of
software that is built as a web operating environment."
In July, HP was seen to be highly
increasing its webOS efforts and dropping its plans to deliver an Android tablet.
The company was also a non-participant
from Microsoft's listings of new Windows Phone 7 licensees (but not Windows 7 Slates), suggesting that HP was backing away
from the next generation of Windows Mobile phones to focus on its own webOS based offerings.
New HP smartphones
to be webOS only
HP is now going on record with the media in announcing that it will exclusively use Palm's
webOS to power its future smartphones, dumping Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 entirely. Dell has announced similar plans, although
it is using Android rather than WP7 or building its own mobile platform.
At the same time, HP executive vice president
Todd Bradley (the former chief of Palm prior to the development of webOS) told an audience at the Fortune Brainstorm conference
that HP would also build a Windows 7 "Slate 500" but that it will not be sold to consumers and instead be targeted
solely to enterprise customers, according to report by InformationWeek.
At the same
conference, Jon Rubenstein, the former head of Palm and Apple's iPod product manager before that, said a new webOS 2.0 was
on track for delivery later this year, and that HP would be aggressively developing hardware for it. Rubenstein did not offer
any details on the features expected in the new release however.