HP Exec: Don't Compare Us to Apple

During a fireside chat at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week, Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) Todd Bradley, who some consider the front-runner to replace Mark Hurd as CEO, said HP has no intentions of licensing out Palm's webOS platform. Just don't take that to mean HP has any intention of following in Apple's footsteps.

Straight and to the point, "We are not trying to emulate Apple. Emulating Apple is not part of our strategy," Bradley said. His comment came in response to whether or not HP's acquisition of Palm's webOS was made with the idea of copying Apple's strategy of having a single user interface across multiple devices owned by a single company.

Neither is emulating Dell or anyone else part of HP's strategy, Bradley said. "Ours is one that is unique to HP and unique to our capabilities. Now five years ago probably as I joined, there were lots of people that suggested 'Copy Dell, copy IBM an sell off to a third party,' but our strategy is one of scale and innovation that matters to customers and not necessarily following anyone."

Regardless of whether HP is taking a page from any other company or blazing its own trail, Bradley made it clear that the company has big plans for webOS, which you'll find in smartphones, tablets, and all kinds of devices, even printers.

If you have 20 minutes to spare, you can catch the entire video here.