While HP still hasn't made it official, sources are reporting that HP has decided that at least part of its
. Who'd thought it!? tablet and smartphone future lies not with Windows or WebOS but with Google's Android
HP appears to have decided to go with Android for tablets and, eventually, smartphones.
Well, I for one did. Look at the facts. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said that in the last quarter
Apple sold 23-million iPads, while HP—the world’s largest PC maker—sold 15-million PCs. And, who's catching up with the iPad in a great hurry? According to IDC that would be . Since there's no way in heaven and earth, HP will ever be selling iPads, HP CEO Meg Whitman is hitching HP's wagon to Android's ascending star. Android tablets
In a way, it's rather sad. HP looked like it had a winner of its very own with the Linux-based WebOS. Back in the summer of 2011,
reviewers loved the WebOS powered HP TouchPad. Then, not even two months after the HP introduced the TouchPad, they killed it.
I'm still not sure why HP did this, Some have suggested that
HP dumped the TouchPad because it was sluggish. Everyone I knew who ever had one loved it.
HP then promised that to
open source WebOS and all would be well with it. Yeah. Right. HP soon made it clear that they were dumping WebOS and had . no intention of doing anything with it on their own hardware
You might think that HP would then turn to its long-time partner Microsoft for its tablet and smartphone operating system needs. And, indeed, HP is doing some work with Windows 8 tablets. There is, for example, the
. Unfortunately, HP, along with other Windows 8 tablet makers, is hybrid HP Envy X2 tablet/ultrabook . still waiting on the arrival of Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processors
In the meantime, Microsoft is still using its own newly launched Windows 8-powered Surface Pro tablet against HP and its other partners. With
friends like Microsoft, who needs enemies when it comes to Windows tablets?
As for Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 for ARM-powered devices, HP has never shown any interest in it. In fact, Todd Bradley, the head of HP's PC business, said of the Surface RT that "
I'd hardly call Surface competition." Bradley explained in an interview with CITEworld that Surface RT has “very limited distribution. It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it .... It's expensive. Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe."
Of course, given
, it's hard to argue with Bradley's assessment. Surface RT's market track-record so far
So, looking ahead, it appears HP has made its mobile operating system choice. While Windows 8 tablets will get at least some support, in the future I believe HP will be committing itself to Android.