Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 10:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Not too long ago, a lot of people were pleasantly surprised when HP announced it would buy smartphone maker Palm. While Palm launched a very well-received mobile operating system, the hardware it ran on was of questionable quality, leading to lower-than-expected sales and thus financial problems. Now that HP has bought Palm, we're certainly going to see the webOS running on top-notch smartphones, right? Well, not if it's up to HP CEO Mark Hurd. Update: This gives a slightly different angle.
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RE[2]: HP is stupid
by Moochman on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 13:12 UTC in reply to "RE: HP is stupid"
Moochman
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2005-07-06

Putting WebOS in other places, much like Android appearing on tablets and TVs will create more differentiated devices. Printers, for example is something distinctly HP and certainly unique. It will be interesting to see what they come up with, let's just hope it's not a 600 MB printer driver.


WebOS is not a printer OS. As a matter of fact, printers are such commodity itmes that I can't imagine WebOS could add anything remotely useful to them without driving the cost of the device through the roof beyond what any normal consumer is willing to pay. The idea of WebOS for printers is just dumb.

WebOS is designed for smartphones. It would probably be a good fit for tablets, too, but that's not what it was first and foremost designed for, and that's not what Palm has in its DNA. If it wasn't a smartphone OS that HP wanted, they should never have bought one.

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RE[3]: HP is stupid
by arpan on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 16:04 in reply to "RE[2]: HP is stupid"
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2006-07-30

Precisely. It's right there in the name WebOS.

So, what do they expect us to do, browse the internet on their printers?

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RE[4]: HP is stupid
by cerbie on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 20:51 in reply to "RE[3]: HP is stupid"
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2006-01-02

You know, I've been seeing lots of Sharp and Kyocera ads lately, touting support for things like email, and even local web services (intranet stuff). Many high-end printer + kitchen sink devices already have reasonably large color displays, real or on-screen keyboards, etc., and they already hook to networks.

I used to work at a place that had a few older HP and Xerox printers like that (obviously less fancy, due to age).

It may not get to your average $50 printer, but I don't see how it is unreasonable to think of using networked software, with a business printer, or higher-end consumer all-in-one, having a GUI client.

You could even have an app for your cell phone that could pretty much be an equivalent to a remote desktop connection for it. More importantly, though, it can be basically the same across many devices.

While I think vertical market tablet, maybe POS boxes, and other SFF/embedded devices (which HP makes plenty of, you know), may be more at home with WebOS, don't count out printers.

At the end of the day, though: as long as HP gets its focus back on service and R&D, and stays away from the low margin sales of everything under the sun with silicon in it big enough to carry an HP logo (the Fiorina era), I think it'll work out.

Edited 2010-06-03 20:52 UTC

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