HP CEO: "We Have to Ultimately Offer a Smartphone"
September 14, 2012 12:24 PM
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HP is coming back to the smartphone game
It appears that Hewlett-Packard's "
" 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.
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."
Fox Business News
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RE: Standardization and simplification is the key
9/14/2012 3:29:16 PM
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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