Rumor: HP to sell Android-based tablets?

HP is rumored to be launching a new tablet family, but these products won't be based on Windows 8 or RT. The report claims that these products will be running on Google's Android and could be officially announced in the very near future.

ReadWrite.com reports, via unnamed sources, that the tablet has been in development since the fall of 2012 and will run on NVIDIA's recently revealed, and highly powerful, Tegra 4 processor. No other details about the HP tablet were revealed.

HP famously launched the WebOS-based TouchPad tablet in July 2011 but sales were so bad that HP shut down production of the tablet just a month later. HP launched a number of Windows 8-based touchscreen laptops and convertibles in the last few months, but the only true Windows 8 tablet that has has been released by HP so far is the ElitePad 900.

Earlier this month, HP launched its first notebook based on Google's Chrome OS. The 14-inch Pavilion 14 Chromebook is on sale now for $330. If HP is expanding into Android-based products as well, it may be a sign that HP doesn't want to put all of its eggs into Microsoft's Windows 8 basket.

Source: ReadWrite | Image via HP

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Dot Matrix said,

No, no. I'm talking about all the services they've abandoned over the years.

Well those service is like no one uses it anymore. I won't even care if they abandon Google+

Of course Google won't abandon you, you are the product they sell to advertisers. If they abandon you, money just walks out the door.

Google will not abandon you? Those clowns abandoned ALL their customers in China, don't forget. "China isn't a big market anyway", they claimed. Google are by far the least trustworthy company on Earth.

Major Plonquer said,
Google will not abandon you? Those clowns abandoned ALL their customers in China, don't forget. "China isn't a big market anyway", they claimed. Google are by far the least trustworthy company on Earth.

Better getting out of China than bending mover and giving all the user's data to the Chinese government, as they were requesting.
That's the reason why former Google China operates from Hong Kong.

ichi said,

Better getting out of China than bending mover and giving all the user's data to the Chinese government, as they were requesting.
That's the reason why former Google China operates from Hong Kong.

Yeah, because the Chinese government wasn't going to pay for the info, no profit off of your data unlike what they can do from ads.

ichi said,

Better getting out of China than bending mover and giving all the user's data to the Chinese government, as they were requesting.
That's the reason why former Google China operates from Hong Kong.


They are fine sharing all their user data with American Government, or advertisers.
Also they are censoring results here in the West as well....

All their reasoning for leaving the Chinese market are BS.

GP007 said,

Yeah, because the Chinese government wasn't going to pay for the info, no profit off of your data unlike what they can do from ads.

This might come as a surprise for you, but mining data to profit from targeted ads and being forced to give personal specific information at any time without any kind of warrant to a government know to pursue dissidents are quite different things.

Shadowzz said,

They are fine sharing all their user data with American Government, or advertisers.
Also they are censoring results here in the West as well....

All their reasoning for leaving the Chinese market are BS.

AFAIK they only provide data to the American Govenment when a warrant has been issued (same as every other company does), and their ad business involves targeting ads, not giving away the information they collect (if you could get all their info you could start an ad business on your own).

If you have any proof that says otherwise then please share.

Also pray tell what was in your opinion their actual reason to get out of China.

Darrah Ford said,
So worst case they're breaking even, versus losing money on RT/Win8 producing machines nobody's going to buy.

Sounds like a plan.

If they are not going to make any money, why are they wasting resources on areas of the market they can't penetrate? Android is flooded Windows RT isn't and has potential at the moment so I would rather take a chance then know you will fail with Android like many other OEMs have.

LookitsPuck said,
Low margins off of a flooded market of Android devices? Zero money will be made.

And HP will flog off the last few thousand for $99.95.

2 years down the track they will announce a Windows 8 tablet, but by then Windows 8 will be dead too.

"So worst case they're breaking even, versus losing money on RT/Win8 producing machines nobody's going to buy."

Well, err, you seem to forget they'll have to pay significant ($15/unit) patent fees per unit sold to Microsoft. Obviously, Microsoft will make more money off this than HP. How clever.

dvb2000 said,

2 years down the track they will announce a Windows 8 tablet, but by then Windows 8 will be dead too.

And by dead, you mean replaced by Windows 9.

If they made a good tablet that would be nice. Tbh other than the nexus and the transformer there aren't any decent ones.

HP!! Make a 95% stock Android ROM and keep it open!! If there is plenty of acceptance for developers the Custom ROM scene will be great. After 2-3 years you can stop making ROM's and the devs will keep it updated (after 3 years it's pretty much old anyway as far as LTS goes)

Keep the hardware nice too.

Then again, I know HP... one driver update for my GPU.... ONE!!! fuuuuuuuuuu! Thank god for Leshcat!

Dont respond if you dont like this comment but in my opinion Windows 8 is so crap. This is hilarious!!! It really is worse than Vista. I recommended one of my friends to get an Asus laptop for Christmas and it kept crashing ect and then the replacement did the same. Not even a good brand like Asus can hold those tiles together.

Iridium said,
Dont respond if you dont like this comment but in my opinion Windows 8 is so crap. This is hilarious!!! It really is worse than Vista. I recommended one of my friends to get an Asus laptop for Christmas and it kept crashing ect and then the replacement did the same. Not even a good brand like Asus can hold those tiles together.

Good brand like ASUS, go clean your fans... Its usual with Asus laptops that you have to remove every single piece (including motherboard) to open up a fan that has been ductaped together.

And this is within their entire range of products, badly designed sh*t.
Try this with HP laptops (their cheap ones still suck, but mid-high end they are great)
takes just a few min to usually open up the fan and clean it.

I've worked with so many laptops, and even tho Dell and HP have lots of sucky ones (the cheap ones most people use(d)). But their business or mid-high end products are very solid.
Asus is crap along their entire range of laptops.

I for one care about build quality of devices (one of the main reasons I went with a Nokia) and no matter how good the specs for the price are. I shall never suggest anyone an Asus considering my history with their laptops.

HP has made good products, but for the past few years they've made a considerable amount of poor quality hardware so much so that I think it has affected their brand...I think abandoning webOS so early was a poor decision as well, I thought it was a great mobile OS

Heres hoping these planned Android tablets are good, they made the right decision avoiding WinRT at least

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