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HP will fall further behind in the smartphone game

Remember HP CEO Meg Whitman's comments last month stating that her company needed to get [back] into the smartphone market in order to be successful on the global stage? While Whitman is certainly open to the idea of releasing another HP-branded smartphone, it's not coming any time soon.
 
"We don't have any plans to introduce a smartphone in 2013, but we've got to start thinking about what is our unique play, how do we capture this element of the personal computing market," said Whitman yesterday during a briefing on the company’s 2013 outlook.


The defunct HP Palm Pre 3
 
The fact that Whitman and HP are still trying to wrap their heads around what makes a successful smartphone is quite troubling. Apple and Google already have the market cornered with iOS and Android respectively in the smartphone game.
 
RIM is increasingly becoming a non-factor in the smartphone business, but it hopes to turn its fortunes around with BB10. And Microsoft has gone from being a frontrunner with its Windows Mobile operating system has become an also-ran with the Windows Phone platform.
 
Whitman went on to add, "I believe that five years from now, if we don't have a smartphone or whatever the next generation of that device is, we'll be locked out of a huge segment of the population in many countries of the world."

Source: ComputerWorld UK



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True
By Motoman on 10/4/2012 12:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
I think she's right...smartphones and tablets *are* PCs. HP will be hosed if they don't move into that market. Sooner better than later.

I think it would be interesting to see them try to leverage WebOS. As many will attest, it was/is a highly compelling mobile platform.

The bigger question though is whether or not the better bet is to go with Android or Windows on their mobile devices.

Is it better to jump into what will immediately be a much larger ecosystem...but potentially appear as "just another Android/Windows product," or do you stick with WebOS which immediately differentiates you but starts you out with an ecosystem the size of a mud puddle?




RE: True
By retrospooty on 10/4/2012 6:36:27 PM , Rating: 2
"I think it would be interesting to see them try to leverage WebOS. As many will attest, it was/is a highly compelling mobile platform."

I wish... Web OS, polished up like "project butter"ish on modern hardware would be my dream OS... Or, just Android with WebOS's UI and multitasking.


RE: True
By iamkyle on 10/4/2012 6:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
They will need to do it sooner or later, especially considering BB10 is going to capture a lot of the 'on the fence' mobile users.


RE: True
By Motoman on 10/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: True
By theapparition on 10/5/2012 9:57:54 AM , Rating: 3
My personal opinion is not many are "waiting" for BB10. Besides the tech universe and a few IT managers, not many even know about BB10.

BB10 might have been a force if released in Jan 2012. But with so little knowledge about it, many potential customers have moved on.

I think it still has a chance, but must completely blow away the competition, much as Apple did with the first iPhone. I don't see that happening.

But that's just my opinion.


By Trisped on 10/5/2012 3:18:59 AM , Rating: 2
HP has already stated that their will not be a Palm device from them. Why are the comparisons to Microsoft and Google in this article?




By Trisped on 10/5/2012 3:20:39 AM , Rating: 2
The spam filter on this site sucks.

The reality is that HP will make a Windows tablet, a Windows phone, and probably an Android tablet and an Android phone. They will be competing with every other mobile device maker, not the OSes.

Microsoft and Google will be partners of HP, not competitors.
The only way a Palm OS will be supported on new HP products for the next 5-10 years is HP might allow owners certain tablets/phones to manually flash to webOS onto the devices, but I would not get my hopes up.


Outdated Appearance Design
By nofear4COMment on 10/4/2012 12:51:56 PM , Rating: 2
HP needs more R&D work and discuss to make a device appear attractive. It in order to be competing with the current devices on the market.




Palm
By eagle470 on 10/4/2012 1:21:33 PM , Rating: 2
Much as I don't like HP (shoddy service and products), I loved my PALM device, so did my old man. If they brought it back I would probably switch back over, but they won't and can't.




The lesson of Kodak!
By drycrust3 on 10/5/2012 3:09:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Whitman went on to add, "I believe that five years from now, if we don't have a smartphone or whatever the next generation of that device is, we'll be locked out of a huge segment of the population in many countries of the world."

To late! You are already locked out! Look at Kodak! They invented the digital camera ... and now they are an "also ran" company in the world of photography.
The problem for HP isn't just they don't have anything credible on the market in terms of smartphones and tablets, nor that they don't plan to this year, nor that they don't plan to next year, the problem is they haven't seen the need to have a credible market presence in this arena for years. That is why they will end up like Kodak: a company that lives for patent fees and makes products that suit a section of industry and hobbyists.




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