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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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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).

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