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HP: No, No, We ARE in the Smartphone Market

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Yesterday, HP CEO Mark Hurd ruffled a few feathers by saying the company didn't buy Palm to get into the smartphone business. Rather, HP purchased Palm for the company's IP and WebOS and wants to put WebOS on tablets, netbooks and more.

However, it seems all the talk has Mark Hurd rethinking his statement. Despite admitting at the time that "it doesn't seem to resonate well" when he tells people HP didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business, the HP CEO was last night retracted his remarks about not wanting to be in the smartphone business.

Hurd said in a statement (via Engadget) that they yes, will be putting WebOS on pretty much every web-conntected device they can get their hands on, but that includes smartphones.

When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP's small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS's footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones.

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    fulle , June 4, 2010 9:40 PM
    Good... It should get interesting. With Apple, Google, HP, and Microsoft all competing with each other, the mobile market's going to see a lot of fast improvement.
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    qwerty45 , June 4, 2010 9:48 PM
    ...and dell
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    phate , June 4, 2010 9:48 PM
    Quote:
    ...and dell


    Dell doesn't make their own OS. But fulle did miss RIM.
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    masterasia , June 4, 2010 10:08 PM
    My carrier is AT&T. I was with Verizon before that. The only reason why I switch was to get an iPhone, but once I saw the outrageous prices on the phones and data packages and the batter life of the iPhone, I decided it wasn't for me. Now I have a Nokia E63 that I paid $160 for and it's unlocked. I can get the family data feature for only $10 a month. I tried doing it for a branded Moto Backflip, but got hit with the $30 plan right away. Hopefully, HP will release something nice and inexpensive that is unlocked for GSM networks so I can continue to pay $10 a month for data.
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    ta152h , June 4, 2010 10:27 PM
    The way they're going, HP should call their products DumbPhones, in honor of their CEO.

    That a CEO is that stupid, and has so little support in terms of advisors is hard to understand. How could this clown not know the reaction he would get, and then be surprised enough about it that he had to completely reverse himself? Why didn't his advisors, who surely he consults with, tell him what to expect?

    Stuff like this is hard to understand. It shows not only a lack of intelligence, but a lack of preparation. There's nothing surprising about the reaction of people. Why was he caught flat-footed?
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    toastninja17 , June 4, 2010 10:47 PM
    Wanna make up your mind, HP? This is just hilarious
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    Anonymous , June 4, 2010 11:20 PM
    they just realized that they only need shrink a slate running webOS down call it a slateXS and viola smartphone
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    thrust2night , June 4, 2010 11:41 PM
    Could have fooled me.
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2010 1:54 AM
    Good lord !
    Symbian, webOS, iPhoneOS, RIM, Windows Mobile and many others...
    I just want ONE Mobile OS that works...
    And not many of them that complete each others functions (I'm talking about apps area)....
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    Titanius , June 5, 2010 3:20 AM
    What really happened after Mark Hurd said they didn't buy Palm to get into the SmartPhone business:

    Some big investors (who have lots of shares in HP) were unhappy about the statement and got Mr. Hurd to reverse his decision and make this last statement saying that HP is getting into the SmartPhone business afterall.

    Got to love big business, hehehe.
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    idisarmu , June 5, 2010 3:36 PM
    HP reminds me of Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons: "Okay Ralphie, now if your nose starts bleeding, it means you're picking it too much.... or not enough."
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    techguy378 , June 5, 2010 6:30 PM
    MobileJoeGood lord !Symbian, webOS, iPhoneOS, RIM, Windows Mobile and many others...I just want ONE Mobile OS that works...And not many of them that complete each others functions (I'm talking about apps area)....

    Currently they're not enough mobile operating systems available. There needs to be a mobile OS available from every software company on the planet, big or small. It's not possible to create a one size fits all OS for any general purpose computer being sold to the public.
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    yao , June 6, 2010 2:04 AM
    some CEO who has no idea what he did and what he did it for..
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    pocketdrummer , June 6, 2010 3:17 AM
    I must be the only one here that recognized HP stance on webOS before he made either statement. Why is there such a backlash over this?
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    pocketdrummer , June 6, 2010 3:24 AM
    06/04 – HP: No, No, We ARE in the Smartphone...
    06/03 – HP: We Didn't Buy Palm to be in the...
    05/25 – HP Tablet Running Palm's WebOS...

    Recent articles on THW. Note the article written on the 25th...
    If you were a CEO of a company poised to release a new tablet running an OS designed by a company you just acquired, wouldn't you want to steer the public's attention toward it?

    From that perspective, it would seem a bit surprising that consumers pitched a fit.
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    dEAne , June 6, 2010 6:08 AM
    Yeah it doesn't seem to resonate well. Maybe HP wants to surprise everyone and maybe much better than ipod or other things.
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    totheshed , June 6, 2010 4:36 PM
    masterasiaMy carrier is AT&T. I was with Verizon before that. The only reason why I switch was to get an iPhone, but once I saw the outrageous prices on the phones and data packages and the batter life of the iPhone, I decided it wasn't for me. Now I have a Nokia E63 that I paid $160 for and it's unlocked. I can get the family data feature for only $10 a month. I tried doing it for a branded Moto Backflip, but got hit with the $30 plan right away. Hopefully, HP will release something nice and inexpensive that is unlocked for GSM networks so I can continue to pay $10 a month for data.


    That's cool and interesting and all but no one cares. You used 'my' and 'I' over 10 times
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    gumbedamit , June 7, 2010 1:43 PM
    So what about all the Palm phones on the market now? Doesn't HP now own Palm? I still see all the commercials for the Pre. If I were on the market for a smartphone, why would I choose a Palm phone if HP can't decide if they are in the smartphone busineess or not...
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    Camikazi , June 7, 2010 6:04 PM
    MobileJoeGood lord !Symbian, webOS, iPhoneOS, RIM, Windows Mobile and many others...I just want ONE Mobile OS that works...And not many of them that complete each others functions (I'm talking about apps area)....

    One OS to rule them all.
    One company to over price you!

    Rather have the competition and options then just one OS.
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    rdhood , June 7, 2010 6:46 PM
    HP, with their LONG history of abandoning consumer electronics products, will be the first of these (MS,Apple,Google,HP) to exit the market and leave consumers with orphaned products. History repeats itself.