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HP is coming back to the smartphone game

It appears that Hewlett-Packard's "on-again, off-again" relationship with smartphones is back on. HP dabbled in the smartphone space when it purchased Palm back in 2010. However, HP let the smartphone lineup and the accompanying webOS operating system languish before eventually casting the entire platform aside to focus on its business/enterprise efforts.
However, HP CEO Meg Whitman is now singing a different tune. In an interview with Fox Business News, Whitman emphasized that HP wants to offer a top-to-bottom family of computing products and that a smartphone is a key pillar in that strategy.

HP CEO Meg Whitman [Image Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]
"We are working on this," said Whitman. "We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world that would be your first computing device. There will be countries around the world where people may never own a tablet or a pc or a desktop. They will do everything on a smartphone… we have to take advantage of that form-factor.”
Whitman added that the timing has to be right before it decides to come back to the market with a fresh smartphone. "We've got to get it right this time. Better right than faster than we should be there."
So while HP looks to be jumping back into the smartphone fray at some point, don't expect it to go buying another smartphone company like troubled Research in Motion.
"No, that is not a direction that we're going to head."

Source: Fox Business News

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Dig a hole.
By dark matter on 9/14/2012 12:39:19 PM , Rating: 5
Fill it in again.

Dig a hole in the same place.

It's the HP way!!

RE: Dig a hole.
By geddarkstorm on 9/14/2012 2:42:58 PM , Rating: 4
Hey, they aren't burning shareholder cash, they're just trying to keep themselves warm at night :D

RE: Dig a hole.
By Souka on 9/14/2012 2:54:51 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe they should get into making tablets?

Oh wait... nevermind...

RE: Dig a hole.
By FITCamaro on 9/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: Dig a hole.
By Solandri on 9/14/2012 4:14:50 PM , Rating: 4
I could cry. The company which invented the sampling oscilloscope, the cesium beam atomic clock, the desktop calculator, the inkjet printer, and were instrumental to the development of the electronic testing & measurement and printing & plotting industries... has been reduced to playing catch-up.

RE: Dig a hole.
By drycrust3 on 9/14/2012 5:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
At least they are now playing catchup. The board of directors had seemed content to let one of the world's leading computer companies slide into oblivion.

RE: Dig a hole.
By alpha754293 on 9/14/2012 11:03:13 PM , Rating: 1
Well, it certainly doesn't help that the last CEO was a complete moron. And I mean a COMPLETE moron. HOW HP's board of directors actually hired him despite knowing (or they should have known) that he was fired from his LAST job as well -- I dunno. Sounds like HP needs to flush their board of directors and start electing new ones in since they're probably MOST of the problem.

RE: Dig a hole.
By Alexvrb on 9/16/2012 12:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
Wait, did HP hire someone from one of the state DOTs!? I swear they have been doing that on a big road project here for ages now. Well, that and my other favorite - moving a huge pile of dirt, then moving it back.

I guess we'll know for sure if they start using the name "Project Golden Shovel".

RE: Dig a hole.
By Motoman on 9/16/2012 3:54:43 PM , Rating: 2
Waaaaaaay back in the day when I was in jr. high or so, a nuke plant being built in our general area was so mismanaged and allowed to be corrupted by unions that there were construction workers who literally had their names on 2x4s, which they just carried around from spot to spot to make it look like they were working.

RE: Dig a hole.
By GotThumbs on 9/17/2012 8:25:17 AM , Rating: 2
But under better leadership.

Leadership is what can make the difference in any situation.

Be it a corporate or national position.

Leadership is NOT simply gained with completion of a degree....its founded on experience and from within the individual. Some individuals are just born-leaders and some never will get matter how many chances/years you give them.

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