HP still hasn't officially closed their deal to acquire Palm
already the company is reportedly planning big things for their newly
collected mobile operating system. Android
has found itself on quite a
few tablet PCs, so it makes sense to think that WebOS, which is another
robust mobile OS with native multi-tasking, would do likewise.
According to a new inside source listed at the Examiner
, HP is
already making big plans to replace the HP Slate that was reportedly
put on hold indefinitely last week. Some are saying that the Windows
7-based HP Slate simply ran too slow, and adding CPU power would've
hurt battery life too dramatically. Now that HP has WebOS, there's
suddenly another option: put that onto a tablet.
The report states that a so-called HP Hurricane is already in the
works, which will run WebOS
and will otherwise look like a fairly
standard tablet PC. No further details about the CPU, size, display,
etc. were mentioned, but a hopeful Q3 debut date was outed. If true, HP
could be in for a huge Q4 provided that they can ship the device prior
to the holiday season.
Either way, we definitely hope to see HP expand WebOS in a way that
Palm never could due to financial constraints, and with HP's expertise
in the tablet/slate/PC arena, this seems like a perfect branching-out.
Time will tell--Q3 isn't too far away.