All HP PCs From 2012+ To Be WebOS-Capable

Leo Apotheker has a tall order ahead of him. HP as a whole as doing quite well, make no mistake. The company is selling a ton of PCs to consumers and businesses alike, but ever since the company acquired Palm, mobile pundits have been watching to see what the future would hold for such an iconic brand. At HP's latest press event, they basically decided to ditch the Palm brand completely. The newest devices as labeled "HP," not "Palm," so it remains to be seen how consumers will respond. Will they think less of the typically corporate HP label? Will they focus on the fact that WebOS remains the same despite the rebrand?

And will they be interested in WebOS for their desktop? Yes, that's a real question. In a recent report from Businessweek, Leo stated that he wants to "make better use of WebOS." That obviously requires installing WebOS on every single PC shipped by HP. It'll probably remain an option, but the CEO told the reporter that each HP PC shipped in 2012+ will have the "ability" to run WebOS. Why? To entice software developers. The WebOS market has suffered in terms of popularity, and there just aren't too many developers out there choosing to develop for WebOS instead of Android or iOS.

It's a bold move, but it's one that might work. HP ships a ton of PCs, as we said, and that would instantly get WebOS into the hands of a ton of new consumers -- consumers who may otherwise never see WebOS on a mobile device. Honestly, we're excited about the move. WebOS is a fantastic OS that simply hasn't received the attention it deserves. By getting into the hands of more customers, who knows -- Android and iOS may have a third rival to more seriously worry about.
Tags:  Mobile, laptop, Desktop, webOS