HP is building an Android-powered tablet, a source close to the company has confirmed to ZDNet, speaking under the condition of anonymity.
The source, who is familiar with the company's plans, said that Android would be used "in at least one upcoming tablet."
We understand that HP will remain invested in Windows 8, but will also branch out to rival platforms in a bid to help secure the company's stake in the tablet market.
It follows ReadWrite's own confirmation that the world's largest PC maker by shipments, and one of the more important elements to Microsoft's Windows division, is branching out to other platforms.
It's no surprise that HP is pushing out the tablet boat. Comments from HP chief executive Meg Whitman last year hinted that in the not-too-distant future, but ultimately .
However, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek warned at the time that a move into the tablet and smartphone space by HP would damage the company's balance sheets, and
HP will be playing catch up in the tablet space, after first dabbling with the TouchPad back in 2010. The tablet, which was nothing remarkable by any standards, was one of the best selling tablets of the year thanks to a company firesale of the product.
It comes at a time just after as part of efforts to buy it out of the stock market. The move was seen as a bid by Microsoft to help secure the world's second largest PC maker by shipments investment in Windows 8.
So far, Microsoft's latest operating system has seen modest sales and an uptick in month-on-month traction in share, but has fallen short compared to previous versions of the desktop software since its launch in October.
Microsoft said recently that it , but according to Net Applications, the latest operating system .