HP CEO: We will "ultimately" release new smartphone

In 2010, HP bought the Palm company and its lineup of smartphones powered by its webOS brand. HP continued to release new smartphones with the Palm branding until it decided to shut down development of all webOS-based hardware products in August 2011, following the failure of the HP TouchPad tablet. The Palm Pre 3, shown above, was the last smartphone released by HP. It came out in the UK one day before HP closed all webOS hardware development.

Now HP has confirmed that it wants to get back into the smartphone business. In a new video interview this week on the Fox Business cable news network, HP CEO Meg Whitman admitted that the company is "working on this" and that HP "ultimately has to offer a smartphone" because it feels that such a product is the first computer-like device a person buys in many countries.

The big question: What operating system would such an HP smartphone use? HP recently re-launched webOS as an open source project and could base a future smartphone on that OS. On the other hand, it already works with Microsoft on its Windows OS and could possibly want to tie in its many upcoming Windows 8 desktops, laptops and tablets with a Windows Phone 8-based device.

Source: Fox Business News | Image via Tom Raftery

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The veer was a gorgeous device. Every time I took it out to text someone I almost always had someone ask me what phone it was.

I hope they design their next phone with the classic Pre design. Maybe put android or something on it.

A company does not cancel an already terrible product then decide to bring it back to market. WebOS is just terrible and the developers and employees have already abandoned it. Why on earth would they bring it back to market

Deihmos said,
A company does not cancel an already terrible product then decide to bring it back to market. WebOS is just terrible and the developers and employees have already abandoned it. Why on earth would they bring it back to market
apparently you never used webos. It was the best os right behind android. Just lacked apps & decent hardware.

smooth3006 said,
apparently you never used webos. It was the best os right behind android. Just lacked apps & decent hardware.

Actually I have used a palm per for over a year then switched to android and was much happier.

Deihmos said,
It is bad Really slow and buggy. If HP releases a new smartphone it will use Windows 8.


Hum. so W8 will also be available for *small* screen devices? I though it had some sort of resolution limit.

Also, they're talking about smartphones, not tables right? Or they'll be like almost tablet size?

Deihmos said,
It is bad Really slow and buggy. If HP releases a new smartphone it will use Windows 8.

Not sure about that. Nokia is pretty much dedicated to WP8 with HTC & Samsung offering a strong challenge with it. With WP's currently small user base, I don't think they would get any ROI due to the strong competition.

If they do go back to WebOS (which would be a big risk but possibly very rewarding) then I think they will need to port over Android app support. Fixing the bugs and optimizing shouldn't be too much of a problem with a strong team. But of course, they need to do something unique with the OS.

MidnightDevil said,


Hum. so W8 will also be available for *small* screen devices? I though it had some sort of resolution limit.

Also, they're talking about smartphones, not tables right? Or they'll be like almost tablet size?


Since you are unable to read between the lines let me rephrase. Windows Phone 8.

ShMaunder said,

Not sure about that. Nokia is pretty much dedicated to WP8 with HTC & Samsung offering a strong challenge with it. With WP's currently small user base, I don't think they would get any ROI due to the strong competition.

If they do a phone, they'll likely do a Windows Phone 8 device and not aim it at consumers, but at businesses and do so via the secure device angle. Device Encryption, remote management, etc. etc.

Should have continued development on the Pre.. seemed to get a lot of positive reviews and I was so close to getting one right before they scrapped it. Real shame!