Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:44 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now taking drastic measures - by adopting Google's Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices. It's a bit of a Hail Mary pass for HP, which has fallen years behind its rivals in the mobile space. It's also a big win for Google, which adds another powerful partner to the Android ecosystem." Ugh.
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by MOS6510 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 08:24 UTC
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Hewlett-Packard used to be a big and proud company. Going with Android is not very original, doesn't differentiate them from the overwhelming competition and turns them in to a me-too company.

Even though WebOS was bought and not an own product it is an excellent system and not Android/iOS/WP. It would be their own and they can take it in any direction they want. It would have their own logos all over it, now it comes with Android and Google stickers.

They are not going to make any money selling mobile phones or tablets with Android, only Samsung does that. If they use it for something else, like printer interfaces, they could have used any system, including WebOS.

HP has the recourses, money and people to be original and creative. If they go with the flow they'll just drown in the market. Apple and Samsung have the higher end locked out and the middle to lower end has so many competitors that HP has no chance of getting a foothold, let alone make any money.

If they are contend with make little to no money they might as well take the gamble and go forward with WebOS and at least try to establish it as something different. Make sure they hardware is excellent, just like the software, and in time I'm sure they sell enough to make some sort of a profit and who knows if it'll take off from there.

They did release the HP-15C Limited Edition last year, one of their best moves ever. Stopping production of the HP-15C was one of their worst of course.

http://hp15c.org/

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