HP reportedly moving its future smartphones and tablets to Android

Daniel Bader

February 13, 2013 5:18pm

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In a move many pundits will say should have happened years ago, HP is putting to rest its history with webOS and moving to Android for its future line of smartphones and tablets. According to sources close to ReadWrite, Hewlett-Packard has been developing an Android-based tablet for some time and will come to market in the first half of the year with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC.

The company would not comment on the rumours, but those close to the story claim that, despite HP’s claims that webOS will live on in the open source world, it has yet to uncover a viable business model for the discontinued operating system, and will push towards corporate-focused Android products going forward. This is also a blow to Microsoft, as the Redmond-based company has traditionally had a strong relationship with HP, and would have expected Windows 8-based tablets and smartphones to be a good fit with the manufacturer.

But HP has been moving away from its legacy positions in the market. While the company has mulled selling its declining PC business, it opted to hold on to it despite protests from investors. With the failure of its webOS division, including the Pre line of smartphones and TouchPad tablet, HP is in a precarious position: it must find a footing in the mobile business or risk obsoleting itself. Despite regaining the top spot in PC sales from Lenovo, overall sales of desktops and laptops will continue to drop as consumers opt to buy tablets or hybrid PCs.

HP’s CEO, Meg Whitman, said the company wouldn’t release a smartphone in this calendar year, but it can’t rule out returning to the market entirely — there is just too much to lose in the long run. The last thing we want to see is HP succumb to the “yet another Android tablet” syndrome; we’re hoping it can figure out how to differentiate itself enough, either by focusing on the enterprise market like Lenovo or, perhaps a better idea, work with Google to release a future Nexus tablet.

Source: ReadWrite

  • Joe

    As much as I enjoy the pure Android experience, a TouchPad running Android with the usual webOS UI tweaks wouldn’t be bad.

    • BUT TOX

      …WHEN ANDROID 6.0 LIQUORICE IS RELEASED

  • Mike

    While it’s true that people are buying less and less desktops and traditional laptops, there is still a market there. HP just has to figure out how to gain a higher share.

    Making laptops that only last for a year isn’t the way to do it. I’m speaking from experience from my previous 2 HP laptops.

  • Collindubya

    Really want to see some high end android tablets with large amounts of storage comparable to laptops!! would be great to see a high end 128gb jellybean tablet.

  • EvanK

    webOS was awesome, but honestly the hardware was never there. So why on earth would anyone buy HP hardware running Android when there are so many better alternatives out there?

    What a shame to see webOS dead, it never got the treatment that it deserved under HP’s reign of terror.

  • Tom

    HP should focus on enterprise Android.

    My Nexus 7 supports multiple user accounts, and I can easily add a Google Apps account and I can then grant the domain admin complete control over it. Isn’t that functionality similar to the much-vaunted Blackberry Balance?

    Now all that is needed is an Android company with Enterprise focus…

  • Jimmy

    HP is the next RIM. Failure to innovate will be the death of them too. Oh how did that $8 Billion purchase of Autonomy go? Right….. Gong Show!

    • EvanK

      I’m not saying that HP won’t fail, but RIM’s definitely been innovating as of lately, and it’s not exactly fitting to be comparing the two.

  • Keith

    That is a poor headline because HP already has Windows 8 Pro tablets and they sure won’t be moving those to Android.

  • Peter

    So does their launch of Android products proclaim the demise of the Meg Whitman debacle, considering how she slagged Android when she announced that webOS would go open source? Really hope so.

  • OU812

    Wow, HP. What a way to be different, just another yoyo android product. Talk about playing it safe. Dell did it better by going private n reinventing the brand again. Android is now the windows of smartphones and a hackers paradise. As long as u use stock or open source os there will always be key exploits n its kernal easier to manipulate. How is that even acceptable if one chooses to focus on enterprise. If security or patents imfringments isn’t an issue on android, why is sumsang, ( the biggest profit generator as apple ) working on their own unique os like apple windows or blackberry?

    I really liked HP n was routing for them to pull through but I fear they may become another Nokia.

  • Kevin

    Surprised. I would think they would have more luck with Windows, especially selling into the corporate base.

  • Garbage Collector

    Hi, I am the garbage collector. Each week I pick up the thousands of broken and junky HP devices that are abandoned at the curb by frustrated owners.

    I worry that if HP makes another tablet, our landfill will not be able to handle all of the added HP was material on top of all those TouchPad’s.

  • Nathen

    They missed the BOAT on ANDROID. They should have jumped in DAY 1. All you people saying crap about ANDROID should get a life.
    Android is the BEST Mobile OS to date and getting better every year by leaps and bounds over everyone else.

    Jelly Bean is fantastic and puts ever IOS to shame and wait and see Key Lime Pie! Of course those who love Win8 and IOS will NEVER be happy and Never admit it.

  • vegiisan

    Android can very easily have an enterprise solution… people obviously don’t use their brains sometimes. A comparison was even made that Android is the Windows of mobiles, so it’s vulnerable to malware and therefore not suitable… uhhh, are you saying there’s no Windows enterprise devices? Never seen Windows being used by corporations? Idiots. Android will have enterprise devices, obviously.

  • OU812

    How do u control security protocols with close to a billion mobile devices running various versions of andriod. You ask any IT administration about andriod in the enterprise and they”ll likely want to shoot you in the head. Managing windows desktops in the enterprise sectors in Nothing compared to managing devices like andriod. Coupled that with access to half a billion potential haphazard apps and you got a nightmare of a solution to solve in the enterprise sector. The security risks alone and it’s effects are beyond anything we can fully comprehend. Idiot