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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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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.


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