For HP, three slate, tablet operating systems is a crowd

For HP, three slate, tablet operating systems is a crowd

Summary: Hewlett Packard has reportedly shelved plans for an Android tablet device in 2010 as it works through its increasingly muddled mobile OS picture.

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Hewlett Packard has reportedly shelved plans for an Android tablet device in 2010 as it works through its increasingly muddled mobile OS picture.

John Paczkowski at AllThingsD reports that HP has tabled plans for an Android tablet PC---at least for now.

Since HP recently completed its acquisition of Palm, the move makes a lot of sense. Here are the OSes that may play into HP's slate plans.

WebOS: HP executives have repeatedly said the Palm acquisition was about much more than smartphones. The Palm deal was really about tablets and a wide range of devices. HP sees a mobile stack across multiple devices. Simply put, HP is doubling down on the WebOS and most pre-Palm plans for tablet PCs and slates are up in the air.

Microsoft Windows 7: Windows 7 slates will hit the market and Microsoft has other lightweight operating systems on tap. Microsoft's grand mobile plan is muddled to say the least, but HP will give the software giant some time. Why? HP and Microsoft have too many valuable partnerships elsewhere. HP will play ball with Microsoft-powered slates.

Android: You don't spend $1.2 billion on Palm and then go with Android to power your devices. HP may ultimately have an Android flavored device, but where's the differentiation? Everyone and their mother will have an Android tablet. HP will keep a toe in the Android market, but clearly sees the WebOS as its mobile meal ticket.

Given those moving parts, HP's move to table Android only makes business sense so it can focus.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Tablets

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  • RE: For HP, three slate, tablet operating systems is a crowd

    The relationship between HP and Microsoft seems so tight that it would be difficult to see them produce an Android or WebOS tablet.
    pwatson
  • I only count two Operating Systems

    So...
    I can see why Windows would be one operating system. But WebOS and Android are both Linux. The difference between them is twofold:
    1) The GUI/User Experience - here is where WebOS really outruns Android. I watched two guys trying to switch back and forth between multitasking apps: one on Android and one on WebOS. The WebOS guy won hands down. No question, the WebOS overall has a much better interface for human beings.

    2) Application Programming: Ares vs App Inventor notwithstanding, the ability to create an application with HTML, CSS and JavaScript rather than arcane Java-like language gives WebOS the edge here as well. The Android entry fee - learning Java - is very steep. WebOS on the other hand is inviting and seductive. Even the noob comes away thinking, "How hard can it be?"

    These two advantages give WebOS a third advantage of being able to fit/resize into multiple form factors without doubling down on pixel count and recoding applications.

    I think HP would be foolish to toss the WebOS UI and application framework.
    Olderdan
  • This place is oddly quiet

    Tablet PC blogs usually bring in the masses bickering with one another. I guess to see them possibly toss Android is too much for everyone?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: For HP, three slate, tablet operating systems is a crowd

    Tablets are boring. They don't really haev any real use other than as toys and in embedded markets. They are too big to fit in pockets and stuff and too small to be of any use.
    Jimster480
    • Tablets are evolutionary

      @Jimster480 I respectfully disagree with your assessment. I think tablets, especially the 10-inch screen variety, are the perfect size. Small enough to untether you from the desk and large enough to see to get real work done. With some of the advances in human interface technology (which tablets still need to improve on), there can be more useful work done on a tablet than on a typical desktop or laptop. The user experience they represent is a step toward more natural interaction and a more data-dense and more easily understandable presentation, so more gets done faster. Speaking, handwriting, and better visual models that tablets employ are more intuitive ways to for most people to be productive, and tablets advance that goal. Add some of the newer UI software and gadgets and it pushes computing to be even more useful.<br><br>Tablets certainly aren't going to be the only tools that get used, any more than legal pads are the only paper products used in an office; they all have their purposes. They are still in their "potential" stage of development and acceptance. I see tablets as becoming very useful and convenient and I find that rather exciting, regardless of the operating system behind the scenes.
      Get-Smart
  • HP is the real threat to the iPad

    HP has, perhaps uniquely, the production and marketing infrastructure to create and market a tablet computer that can compete with the iPad. Buying Palm gave them the programming expertise they lacked, and they can follow Apple's (and Palm's) integrated hardware/software model. One of the things that holds Droid back, but not iPhones or Blcakberry, is the separate development of the two technologies. HP no longer has that problem.

    I was a Palm (Handspring more precisely) fan long before i was a Fanboy, so this is an interesting dilemma trying to figure out who to root for: Apple, Palm/HP, or just me?
    JoeBob_z
  • RE: For HP, three slate, tablet operating systems is a crowd

    I have a Palm Pre. I have never been so disappointed in a device in my life as I am with this "phone" and I have been a Palm user for decades. So far back I can't even remember the version of the first device I owned. I do remember it only gave me a black and white display. I kept my business calendar, tasks etc. in good order. That has gone "by the boards". with the Google/Outlook connection. Additionally, this is the first phone I have had add a number to the one I was dialing when I put it up to my ear.
    curog
  • RE: For HP, three slate, tablet operating systems is a crowd

    Will be interesting to have WebOS on a Tablet.
    b1thunt3r
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