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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Doesn't mean HP is all-in
by chithanh on Sun 17th Feb 2013 20:34 UTC
chithanh
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2006-06-18

Some commenters here seem to subscribe to the idea that launching an Android device somehow precludes HP from being innovative or having plans for Web OS.

To me it looks like HP wants to avoid Nokia's mistake of not launching Android phones, even after being publicly called out by carriers to do so. If HP sells what customers want to buy (namely, Android) then this is a sound business strategy. In fact, if HP intends to sell some niche Web OS devices later, it helps to already have a strong presence in mobile. Just like Samsung's success in Android helps them flock Bada and soon Rex/Tizen.

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RE: Doesn't mean HP is all-in
by BlueofRainbow on Mon 18th Feb 2013 14:12 in reply to "Doesn't mean HP is all-in"
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

There is nothing wrong with releasing a future device first with Android while providing the necessary code/hooks for dual-booting and/or migrating to the OpenWebOS project. After-all, most users want Apps and App developers want revenues so that the only realistic platform choices for now are Android and iOS.

The small number of available Apps was one of the major complaints when the TouchPad was initially released (the MSRP was another major one). Same story with the BlackBerry PlayBook although the slashing of the MSRP and the eventual release of an Android emulator/run-time engine as part of PB OS 2.0 have changed that perception.

Now, the problem with both platforms is to find one in a store.....

Anyways, corporate strategies do change as CEOs come and go. In a year or so it will be more evident where HP is headed - hopefully something as innovative and memorable as the HP10-HP15 line of calculators of the early 1980s.

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