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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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Standardization and simplification is the key
By XZerg on 9/14/2012 1:20:54 PM , Rating: 2
HP, Dell and et al need to focus on developing the next generation electronics which their brand of hardware using a "defacto" standards thus simplifying options similar to Apple. They have so much fragmentation and duplication which adds to their cost tremendously and causes customers confusion (at least the joe smoes users). Thus loss of a lot of business opportunity. No need to have 50 models of laptops and desktops each. With the ThunderBolt like ports in existence, they ought to be able to simplify their offerings much better by just selling a standardized docking station for those optional stuff like more USB ports, firewire, hdmi, ... The docking station could and should be usable for both desktops and laptops.

I bet this would definitely cut their cost by a huge sum and allow customers to help themselves by going to Best Buy and such for additional options when they want to.

RE: Standardization and simplification is the key
By Ammohunt on 9/14/2012 1:33:34 PM , Rating: 2
Thats a good point; i never understood why HP and others have 20 different laptop models with 12 different form factors with marginal differences in hardware specs between them all it just compounds buyer confusion. They do this with their servers to a lesser extent as well.

RE: Standardization and simplification is the key
By nedsand on 9/14/2012 2:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
Big companies usually buy one brand of hardware. My company uses Dell exclusively. And we get a big discount due to the amount of hardware we purchase each year. They couldn't keep all of the companies happy with just a few models. They use this same approach for the consumer side also. It keeps their happy customers from switching brands due to not having the features they want.

By Ammohunt on 9/14/2012 3:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
having worked in IT for that past 15 years i understand purchasing practices very well. My point is that they can offer different hardware specs mainly cpu differences in standard form factors rather then a dozen different shapes sized materials etc.. such as apple does.

By XZerg on 9/14/2012 3:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
I beg to differ. Most of these companies tend to order standard laptops and then customize the software. Either externalize the custom part (usb 3.0 is fast enough to handle most needs but if needs be have a docking port).

By XZerg on 9/14/2012 3:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
I am sure if they did consolidate and simplify their product portfolio they would easily be able to provide some very solid products (build material too) at some very reasonable prices. Leave special customizations and needs to either special orders or open doors via docking system.

The other issue is the vast number of screens sizes they try to support. Just support some basic 3 or so sizes only instead of 11,12,13,14,15,17. I would simplify that to 11,14,17.

In general they need to quit being too greedy to get as many customers based on the options. Rather, attract more customers by simplifying options and providing better bang for the buck.

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