HP Android slate delayed indefinitely

HP is hoping to make a big splash in the slate market. There have been rumors and announcements about various different HP slates in design or development, running on all the various mobile operating systems on the market. According to All Things Digital, it looks they may have spread themselves too thin. Sources within HP are reporting that the HP slate being designed to run on Android has officially been delayed until an as of yet undecided timeframe next year. The device was supposed to hit the market in Q4 2010.  

There hasn’t been an official announcement from HP yet as to why the delay is happening, but there are many potential reasons why HP could be doing this. After the successful acquisition of Palm and its WebOS operating system earlier this year, HP could be focusing their efforts on leveraging that IP and producing a positive financial result sooner rather than later. With the continued development of devices running operating systems from the big three OS developers – Micorsoft, Google, and now HP – it would make sense to have them not all release at the same time.

HP plans to take WebOS very seriously, according to CFO Jim Burns.

“We’re going to increase [R&D spending on webOS], and we’re going to increase sales and marketing as well. We’re going to take this platform, which today exists for smartphones only, and make it much broader than that.”

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Makes sense. Why use Android when WebOS can give you a competitive advantage. All these Android tablets will be cutting each other's throats by offering minor hardware differences and, possibly, major design differences. Create a product that stands out and that you can be in total control of with your own software. I think that's what's going to make the iPad so successful.

This is sad. The HP Slate looks like a pretty cool piece of hardware but they don't seem to get that people want choice. I would have purchased the Windows 7 version, and they dropped it. The Android version would have been almost as cool, and now they've dropped it too... The problem with webOS is that it's practically dead on its feet (in terms of small and shrinking consumer market share), and I'm not confident that HP can revive it.

not another mobile os. they should just stick with android and make it better.

the success of iphone is most due to the huge list of apps for it, without the support of developers all you have is a very expensive cellphone.

AnarKhy said,
not another mobile os. they should just stick with android and make it better.

the success of iphone is most due to the huge list of apps for it, without the support of developers all you have is a very expensive cellphone.

It's not "another" mobile OS, they bought an existing one (WebOS) and now they're planning to use it in their own devices instead of using software they don't have control over (Android, WM)

WebOS is fantastic. If I were HP, I'd ditch all others in favour of it. They will have the best chance of mirroring Apple, with Hardware and Software made by the same company. Android is picking up quite a lot of steam but I found WebOS to be much closer to Apple in terms of fit and finish. I hope they can release their WebOS tablet soon. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Xero said,
WebOS is fantastic. If I were HP, I'd ditch all others in favour of it. They will have the best chance of mirroring Apple, with Hardware and Software made by the same company. Android is picking up quite a lot of steam but I found WebOS to be much closer to Apple in terms of fit and finish. I hope they can release their WebOS tablet soon. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

I agree they need to hurry up and get their stuff together so they can at least release some tablets to get in the competition and some phones out maybe the same time that windows phone OS is released.

I can understand that they want to use assets they've just bought but it simply won't be as good (due to the lack of support for the platform compared to rival mobile OSs) or as popular than a Android-based tablet.

Hmm WebOS was good but never received the backing of app developers - much the same as Windows Mobile. If they can get the app developers on board then it will push the platform forwards.

Tom W said,
Hmm WebOS was good but never received the backing of app developers - much the same as Windows Mobile. If they can get the app developers on board then it will push the platform forwards.
I agree with you about WebOS but Windows Mobile? There are literally thousands of apps out there. They are fewer than the iPhone or Android for sure, but the total number doesn't speak of the quality or usefulness of such apps. At least with the iPhone. I don't know much about the ones available for Android.

Making a marketshare for Windows Phone 7 apps is good because it can help people find apps they otherwise wouldn't learn about.

Makes sense since they now own WebOS. Most likely all their concepts are going to switch to WebOS (the courrier thing that was supposed to run some OS by MS and this tablet are 2 examples)