HP “shifting resources from PCs to tablets”

While PC sales continue to slide, tablet and smartphone sales continue to rise. Portable computing is the way forward. And it looks like HP agrees.

HP's Android Slate 7

HP CEO Meg Whiteman has said that the company is “shifting resources from PCs to tablets” in an effort to keep profits up and compete with Apple, Google and Microsoft in the tablet space.

The market moved very fast to tablets and smartphones, and we've got to now manage that transition. And it's not that HP didn't try to manage that transition -- they did with the acquisition of Palm. But as you know under the previous [management] that took a little detour to nowhere.

It’s nice to see that the Palm acquisition and subsequent road to oblivion has been acknowledged as a failed endeavour, but you have to think that if HP had stuck with their initial strategy then, as a company, they would be in a much better position to compete with the iPads and Nexus’ out there.

Now that LG officially own webOS, questions will be asked what OS the tablets will run. People, and that includes us here at Neowin, will assume that Android and/or Windows based tablets will be the norm. But with HP increasing RD (Research and Development) budgets, could we expect a new OS from them? One thing is certain Whitman knows they need to act fast.

Innovation is not dead at this company. So, what I did is I increased RD spending...we have to get these products that are close to market to market fast.

So, is there room for HP to muscle its way into an already crowded space? And is there enough grunt in their research divisions to bring something new and fresh to the, again, already crowded space? We shall wait and see.

Source: Cnet | Image courtesy of Mashable

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They should have just stuck with the TouchPad, and webOS. Sure it didn't do great but as it was refined I could have seen it becoming at least #2 to the iPad.

Mungo23 said,
HP have no idea anymore. I have never seen a major company chop and change directions so often.

blame Microsoft, they have fragmented the market with windows 8.

Wait wait wait. So....they gave up on webOS which actually had a ton of potential, stopped working on tablets to focus on PC's, only to turn around and shift focus again away from PC's back to tablets....without the OS that had potential.

It's not secret I like Android, but wtf are HP smoking? Clearly someone is asleep at the wheel over there. Wake them up, you're swirving all over the highway!

vcfan said,
this ceo is going to run the company into the ground. bring back mark hurd

The company was driven to the ground long time ago by Carly Fiorina, a total incompetent, arrogant and clueless creature.

From what I've observed over the years HP are always a bit too late to join the party and have any effect.

They must be kicking themselves that rivals like ASUS are always one step ahead of them.

neonspark said,
yeah the tablet space isn't crowded at all LOL HP. just roll over and die already.

Agreed. Just another cheap Android tablet. Nothing to differentiate here except the manufacturer name.

I believe their hope is that barely informed buyers will come to them for price and that while the hardware will be "good enough" for them not to notice. It's just like PCs, it doesn't have to be fast as much as it can't be slow. Otherwise I can't imagine what the hell their thinking. They should be focusing on the detachable screen market which will be replacing everything...

Yep. If this is the showcase of their new effort, then I'd say resources are being totally wasted. Every little Poland/China cooperative makes better budget crap at this level.

What is HP doing? Why would any informed person buy this over a Nexus 7. It's at a slightly lower price point but is inferior in almost every way

thealexweb said,
What is HP doing? Why would any informed person buy this over a Nexus 7. It's at a slightly lower price point but is inferior in almost every way

At this price point people are not looking at specs but a cheaper tablet and if it comes from a brand like HP, then it can be trusted by people. HP may be able to move quite a bit of stock. But I am surprised at the launch date of April. I was expecting this to be available sooner. After all if HP, supposedly No 1 PC maker, cannot make devices in less than 2 weeks then, besides Apple, who can.

HP isn't the No.1 any more, in terms of worldwide shipments Lenevo is now top. I can see them falling 3rd to as Acer continues to increase it's market share in the future.