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HP's first webOS tablet will likely be the Hurricane.  (Source: Coated)

Mark Hurd, CEO HP  (Source: CEO World)
HP's CEO is very excited about his company's new acquisition

Palm Inc. has struggled in recent years and has been passed, first by Research in Motion, next by Microsoft, then by Apple, and most recently by Google in terms of smartphone market share.  The company finally received some good news on April 28 when the world's top PC maker, Hewlett-Packard Co., announced that it would be scooping it up for $1.2B USD.

HP's CEO Mark Hurd discussed the acquisition during the company's quarterly earnings call yesterday and said that the real key to it is webOS, Palm's recently developed smartphone operating system.  Hurd elates, "[The proposed deal] isn't precisely a smartphone play, as I've seen some people write.  It is, for us, strategically broader.  We expect to leverage WebOS into a variety of form factors, including ‘slates’ and Web-connected printers."

The first webOS tablet to hit will likely be the Hurricane, the replacement for the scrapped Slate.  There are reports that the Hurricane will launch in Q3 2010.

The switch from planned Windows tablets to webOS tablets leaves questions about how it will effect the company's relationship with Microsoft, makers of the Windows operating system.  Mr. Hurd insists, however, that everything is peachy between the pair and that his company will use whatever OS best fits the task -- which he says is webOS when it comes to small form factors.

Printers are another surprise candidate for webOS.  Comments Mr. Hurd, "It really has more to do with the intellectual property and the fact that when you look across the HP ecosystem of interconnected devices, it is a large family of devices and we think of printers, you’ve now got a whole series of Web-connected printers, and as they connect to the Web, [they] need an OS."

HP may find itself in a race with Google to become the next to market with hot tablets to counter Apple's iPad -- a race that mirror's Google and Palm's former roles with respect to Apple in the smartphone race.  And while HP is downplaying its smartphone ambitions, the acquisition will help it counter rival Dell, who is crafting its own army of Android and Windows Mobile smartphones.

Aside from Palm, one deal that HP is very pleased with is its acquisition of 3Com, a company focused on networking solutions.  Since the April 12 acquisition of the firm for $2.7B USD, HP has raked in $50M USD.  On the other hand, HP is less than thrilled with the results of EDS, a network services firm acquired for $13.9B USD.

Returning to the earnings, HP posted an impressive $2.2B USD in profits, with $30.8B USD in revenue, up from $1.7B USD and $27.4B USD, respectively, from the quarter ending a year ago. 

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Late to the Party
By MrX8503 on 5/19/2010 9:56:15 AM , Rating: 2
"HP may find itself in a race with Google to become the next to market with hot tablets to counter Apple's iPad -- a race that mirror's Google and Palm's former roles with respect to Apple in the smartphone race."

Why is it that everyone waits until Apple releases a portable device to start developing their own device? The iPhone was released in 2007 and now 3 years later we are finally seeing awesome Android phone alternatives.

Are we gonna have to wait another 3 years for a competitive tablet? With the numerous failed tablets recently, it doesn't look too good. I'd be really surprised if HP is able to release a decent webOS tablet by the end of this year since they just acquired Palm.

RE: Late to the Party
By Orpheus333 on 5/19/2010 10:10:59 AM , Rating: 3
Quite frankly, because the ipad is little more than a scaled up itouch in terms of hardware, implementation was easy. Such system requirements/restrictions would NEVER be tolerated by users other than the mac faithful.

The HTC incredible is more functional/powerful than an ipad and they've been out about the same time, no? It even features a smaller form factor! you can magically fit it in your pocket.

RE: Late to the Party
By MrX8503 on 5/19/2010 12:02:05 PM , Rating: 1
The Incredible is more powerful than an iPad? This is 100% false. The A4 processor is quite a bit more powerful than the Snapdragon processor. I used an iPad the other day at Bestbuy, and it runs super smooth and was extremely fast.

RE: Late to the Party
By Trekie on 5/19/2010 12:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
They are both 1GHz... but I do agree, it's a little faster. But still... it's a tablet vs a smartphone. I would expect a tablet to pack a little more power. Also, I think that as of now, the Android platform is more functional than the iPhone OS. Maybe not as simple, but for me, that's good news.

RE: Late to the Party
By Orpheus333 on 5/19/2010 12:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
You are mistaken, both are ARM chips.
The A4 isa system on a chip... ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore i.e. Multi-Processing Core, identical to ones used in nVidia Tegra and Qualcomm Snapdragon

Indeed, they are the same.

RE: Late to the Party
By omnicronx on 5/19/2010 1:36:02 PM , Rating: 2
Link please? Because on last check the A4 is a Cortex A8, not an A9..(i.e its not identical at all to tegra or snapdragon) and is actually the older brother of the existing Cortex A8@600mhz found in current iPhone 3gs's.

In terms of architecture, its very similar to the CPU used in the iPhone 3Gs although clocked much higher. The 4G also has the same PowerVR SGX 535 chip found in the GS.(i.e gpu power is the same)

What I find interesting these A4 vs snapdragon comments. None of these benchmarks are Apples to Apples. First off Apple does not run any Snapdragon devices, nor does Android runs Apples A4 chip, so any benchmarks are not taking into account any of the variables between each system. Browsing benchmarks for example can be flawed, as Safari for example seems a bit head of the pack in terms of webkit. Speed improvements may not be as a result of power, but better software optimazations.

Furthermore all tests are comparing a tablet vs a phone. I would find it very hard to believe if a tablet device was not running with more aggressive performance settings in the first place.

RE: Late to the Party
By omnicronx on 5/19/2010 1:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
Not to say they are not both ARM chips, they are, but I'm not sure where you got the quote from as it is not correct.

RE: Late to the Party
By Orpheus333 on 5/19/2010 3:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Late to the Party
By Drag0nFire on 5/19/2010 1:48:13 PM , Rating: 2
Also remember that even if the cpu was the same, the graphics are different. The iPad GPU is much more powerful. Just fire up a racing demo in the Apple store.

RE: Late to the Party
By Reclaimer77 on 5/19/2010 11:15:38 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone was released in 2007 and now 3 years later we are finally seeing awesome Android phone alternatives.

The iPhone was HARDLY the first powerful smart phone on the market. In fact when it was released it's spec's and things it could do fell terribly short of a Blackberry or similar device.

RE: Late to the Party
By MrX8503 on 5/19/2010 12:04:57 PM , Rating: 2
I never said the iPhone was the first, but you would have to be delusional to think it didn't change the smartphone industry. Also do you really believe its all about specs? This is where you and many manufacturers fall short. Its about hardware AND software.

RE: Late to the Party
By retrospooty on 5/19/2010 7:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
When it came out the iphone was an average smartphone, with a dramatically awesome UI and multi touchscreen. The UI and screen changed the industry. We all owe Apple a HUGE thank you for making the rest of the market raise their game... However, now that they have raised their games, the iphone is just sort of an average smartphone with average UI on a crappy carrier (at least in the US)

RE: Late to the Party
By omnicronx on 5/19/2010 12:33:01 PM , Rating: 3
Why is it that people think that because Apple was the first to successful mass market a device, that they somehow own the rights to said device and nobody can copy them? Several companies had smartphones before the iPhone. Several companies also had tablets before the iPad.

Apple always seems to know when devices are ready for the mainstream. Coupled with their 'easy' interfaces and great marketing team, they've always had a nack for being the first to successful market products in which others have failed in the past.

So its no surprise that others are playing catchup to Apples current offerings, but please don't make it out as though everyone else is late to the party, HP was one of the first to the pocket PC party dating back 8+ years, and they also had tablets in the past.

I think WebOS is perfect for a tablet device, and for all intents and purposes it is not limited to arm architecture which could lead to Atom based tablets if they so desired. (the emulator image itself is an x86 boot image) With HP behind a very good interface, we may have a winner.. but only time will tell.. Will be very interesting indeed as more Android tablets start to surface.

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