HP To Produce webOS Tablets in 2013?

HP To Produce webOS Tablets in 2013?

In almost the same moment that webOS looked like it was effectively being put out to pasture by HP, hope glimmers for the mobile operating system. HP CEP Meg Whitman told TechCrunch in an interview that the company could make webOS-based tablets starting in 2013.

This is a somewhat confusing development. We viewed HP’s open sourcing of webOS as the company cutting its losses but allowing the platform a slight chance of success elsewhere, despite the fact that HP said it would (sort of) continue to support the project. (It’s not like HP is going to hire back the 500-or-so webOS workers it laid off in September.)

With these comments from Whitman, however, it seems as though open sourcing webOS was less of a passive move and more of a strategic one. If HP is hoping to bring back webOS on tablets, this is simply a low-risk, low-cost way of conducting R&D. Should the open source community, with modest support from HP, keep webOS alive and well (or improve it, or at least keep it up to date with emerging technologies), then HP can slap it onto some future hardware and see how it does.



Perhaps this is a hedge against HP’s bet on Windows 8 for its tablets. If so, it’s an interesting move.

Usually, when a company’s direction changes rapidly and in a confusing manner, it’s a bad sign, but in this case it’s reason for encouragement. Whitman is making some tough, bold decisions and cleaning up the mess left by her predecessor. HP just might have found itself a good leader.
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So 500 people lost their jobs so that HP could get a bunch of free labor? Yes, that's really encouraging.

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It's somewhat encouraging seeing as how lots of people bought those TouchPad tablets (even though they were $99.) but I have differing thoughts about us developing their OS for them.

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Putting development into the hands of end-users is interesting. Open source has always been great at helping to improve various software. I enjoy emulation of games unavailable in the states; I just need to learn more Japanese.

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Weird but genius move. The key is that they might put it on a tablet in 2013 so it depends on what the community does with the operating system if they will consider it.

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I think the touch pad would have been a success if they would have marketed it more. I never saw much about them till after they were deemed a flop and were selling at a crazy low price. Though I would have to agree that putting Window 8 on them would be a great Idea. 

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Dual boot both OSes!! Honestly, I'm very intrigued by a $300-$400 windows 8 tablet. Hopefully they'll be able to pull both off.

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Lets see how the Open Source Community stands up to the task though.

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WebOS is nice, it just doesnt have the necessary features or apps, that was a problem. Hardware was the other.

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