HP Forms a Mobile Division as It Readies Another Run at Tablets

One of life's lessons that apparently hasn't been lost on Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the one that says, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." HP didn't succeed in the tablet market, not with its much hyped (and seldom talked about) Slate line, and certainly not with its short lived TouchPad, which turned out to be such a big disaster that it took webOS down with it. HP's past attempts are ancient history, however, and going forward, the OEM plans to make another run at what's now a proven market segment.

An internal memory by HP's Todd Bradley slithered its way online, and it mentions the creation of a Mobility business unit that will be run by Alberto Torres, former Executive Vice President of Nokia. He will report directly to Bradley.

HP TouchPad
HP is creating a Mobile division, presumably to help prevent past mistakes it made in the tablet space (see TouchPad, HP)

"Our new Mobility Global Business Unit initially will focus on consumer tablets and will expand to additional segments and categories where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers," Bradley wrote. "Our existing notebook teams, including our soon-to-be-launched commercial tablet, will remain within the PC GBU under James Mouton at this time."

All this is happening relatively quickly. Alberto's start date is September 3, so it appears HP is ready to hit the ground running, perhaps with an expanded lineup of Windows 8 based tablets beyond what it was already planning.