“Hewlett Packard, the world’s largest personal computer maker, is in a period of transition. It’s releasing 9,000 employees and hiring 6,000 new ones. And it just purchased Palm at the end of April for US$1.2 billion,” Jason Mick reports for DailyTech.
“That acquisition gives HP access to webOS, a powerful mobile internet device operating system,” Mick reports. “HP is already rumored to be cooking up a webOS tablet — dubbed ‘Hurricane.'”
MacDailyNews Take: And it will connect to iTunes… er, oh, that’s right, it won’t. Well, it will be integrated tightly in many vehicles… uh, oh. But, of course, it’ll have the support of literally tens thousands of third-party accessory makers… Oh, yeah, it won’t have that either. Good luck HP.
Mick continues, “However, according to Mark Hurd, HP’s Chief Executive Officer, the company is not planning to launch or market new Palm smart phones… He adds that the company isn’t going to ‘spend billions of dollars trying to go into the smartphone business; that doesn’t in any way make any sense.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: In an update, Mick reports, “According to Engadget, HP is clarifying Hurd’s comments about webOS on smartphones. Here’s the response from HP: ‘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.’
Translation: HP is going to let Palm’s smartphones die.
June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later. – Palm-backer Roger McNamee, March 05, 2009
We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in. – Ed Colligan, Palm CEO, November 16, 2006, laughing off the idea of Apple entering the smartphone market.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Winston” for the heads up.]