HP Going with Android After All For NVIDIA Tegra 4 Powered Tablets

Hewlett-Packard's resume in the tablet space is hardly anything to brag about. Chalk it up to bad timing, poor management, or whatever you like, but the short-lived HP TouchPad and subsequent loss of interest in webOS, the primary piece in HP's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, is a textbook example of how not to approach the mobile sector. The silver lining? HP seems to have learned from its mistakes and is ready to give this tablet thing another try.

According to ReadWrite, HP is jumping on the Android bandwagon, a decision Google is obviously thrilled about. HP's first Android tablet will be a high-end slate built around NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC, though when it will come out is not yet known. Sources "familiar with the matter" tell ReadWrite that an announcement could come "soon."

HP TouchPad
HP's TouchPad failed miserably, but that hasn't deterred the OEM from trying to compete in the tablet space.

HP is increasingly cozy with Google these days. In addition to prepping an Android tablet, the OEM also recently launched what's being billed as the first full-size Chromebook, a 14-inch machine that's now available to purchase starting at $330. Between the Pavilion Chromebook and upcoming Android tablet, that's a lot of love being shown for Google at a time when Microsoft is aggressively pushing its Windows 8 platform.

If all that weren't enough, there's talk that HP is considering the launch of an Android smartphone, though nothing is remotely imminent at this point.