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HP: We've Abandoned Our Android Plans

HP has confirmed that previous plans for Android-based tablets and smartphones have been abandoned. Speaking to the Financial Times, former Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein said HP is now focusing on WebOS.

"HP voted with its pocketbook," Mr Rubinstein told FT, referring to the $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm earlier this year. "It’s all about focus."

Though HP is expected to launch a Windows 7 tablet for the enterprise market before it launches the WebOS tablet early next year, the company is abandoning plans for an Android smartphone. Rubenstein, now the head of HP's mobile devices division, said that they have no plans for a tablet device running on the Google-branded OS.

Similarly, it seems HP has no interest in building a phone to run on Microsoft's newest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. According to the Financial Times, Microsoft played down the news, claiming it didn't matter too much because HP hadn't been a big influence in the smartphone business to begin with.

Are you disappointed HP won't be releasing any Android devices or a Windows Phone 7 smartphone? Do you think it's silly for the company to put all of its mobile eggs in a WebOS basket? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Financial Times

  • belardo
    Well... kind of makes sense.

    They spent $1bill+ for a dying tech... might as well use it. Rather than look like idiots. Why use 2-3 other brands when you JUST bought a whole company out?
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  • amk09
    TBH I'm not disappointed because there is already so many other options out there.

    Sorry HP :/
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  • tonyn84
    I'm more disappointed that they have yet to release anything tablet or phone wise. WebOS has some neat potential, its a shame to see it stuck on that crappy old hardware.
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  • hamthony
    Smart business move, "Were going with the Palm OS, yea you know, the one that tanked. We here at HP like to go against the grain."
    -epic fail
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  • bhaberle
    HP shame on you for buying Palm lol. Your executives are running your company to the ground.
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  • nicklasd87
    HP probably looked at the KIN 1 and 2 and at first were like ... and then they LOL'd
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  • Kelavarus
    tonyn84I'm more disappointed that they have yet to release anything tablet or phone wise. WebOS has some neat potential, its a shame to see it stuck on that crappy old hardware.
    I would guess that's what they're working on now. Thus I'd kind of see this as good news. More competition to WinMo7/Android/etc..!
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  • SAL-e
    Do you think it's silly for the company to put all of its mobile eggs in a WebOS basket?

    LOL. HP don't really have any "mobile eggs" yet to worry too much about the baskets.
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  • webOS is still the best mobile OS in existence. The first iteration failed due to Palm's lack of sufficient funds to push it, not from being a bad OS - v2 will perform far far better, have much better hardware, and the biggest tech company in the world behind it. In 6 months time, the mobile landscape will look very different, with webOS and WinPhone7 taking a large slice of the pie
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  • victorintelr
    The question is:
    does HP have enough "webOS" {if you speak spanish, you'll get it;) , or in english: balls} to make it work?
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