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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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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
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007














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