HP looking to get back into the smartphone race

According to one of its senior directors, Yam Su Yin, HP is looking to get back in the smartphone race. The giant PC manufacturer already tried and failed to break into this market back in 2010 after the $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm.

Yam Su Yin said that HP “has to be in the game” when it comes to smartphones and tablets but also mentioned that no timetable was in place.

Of course the ill-fated HP Pre 3, the HP Veer and the failed HP TouchPad tablet clearly showed that the smartphone market is difficult to break into, even for a company with huge resources such as Hewlett-Packard.

But the PC manufacturer is betting on having products differentiated enough from the rest of the market to actually make a splash. Commenting on HP’s seemingly late arrival in the smartphone world Su Yin said:

“Being late you have to create a different set of proposition. There are still things that can be done. It’s not late. When HP has a smartphone, it will give a differentiated experience.”

We’ll have to see what HP brings to market, but until then we’re pretty skeptical that the company will actually manage to make a dent in terms of marketshare.

Source: Indian Express | Image via HP

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I would never buy a smartphone from HP. Not until they fix their other products.

Many of their notebooks overheat and/or come with practically dead motherboards.

Their only good products are the printers IMO.

SirPeterPan said,
I would never buy a smartphone from HP. Not until they fix their other products....Their only good products are the printers IMO.

And I think even their printers have gone downhill. Whoever came up with the idea of replacing the ENTIRE FREAKIN DRUM instead of just the toner was a complete genius...and will eventually burn in hell.

Deihmos said,
Probably windows phone or android. Webos is dead and they sold it to lg for peanuts. It was such a horrible os.

webOS was (and is) quite remarkable. Many of the features they introduced have been adopted/copied by WP, Android, and iOS. Unfortunately the hardware was too underpowered. But most critics and users rave about the multitasking, cards, notifications, Just Type, Synergy, etc.

hp's problem is that in the past few years, it viewed the smartphone business as one-night-stand, pulling out at the first sign of trouble. what the heck. hp views _all_ its businesses and some of its executives as one-night-stands.

Surely we're at a stage now where it will be almost impossible to make any sort of impact no matter what they bring to the table?

It wouldn't even be that dumb... it would be kind of what Sony is trying to do by building an ecosystem. Sony's problem is that even though they are friends with the Windows part of Microsoft (Vaio Line), they are worst enemies for all the rest.

Dell would be able to leverage the good relationship they have with MS and use them as a backbone for a DELL ecosystem.

Exclusive apps and features for Windows based Tablets, WP and Computers.... while still being able to use MS' ecosystem for the other stuff, cloud storage, search, maps, games... etc.

Edited by Kwanza, Jul 2 2013, 9:51am :

We all know it will be an ugly Android phone. Won't be competetive at all.
I'll be pleasantly surprised if it's a WebOS-phone, but It'll still be ugly. HP never makes anything beautiful, and it's always boiling hot. My Envy laptop is proof of that. It's now at 80° celcius with three cooling pads stacked underneath it. Three!! Oh HP..

They're going to take on Google, Apple and Microsoft... with what, WebOS2?

I think HP are going to have to go with an exsting platform, it'd be hard to convince the market to adopt yet another one...