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HP CEO Meg Whitman said quality and innovation will be the main focus points

Hewlett-Packard (HP) didn’t have the best luck with mobile its last time around, but the company is looking to give it a second shot by paying closer attention to both quality and innovation.
 
HP CEO Meg Whitman said that the PC maker is now focusing on tablets specifically during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. 
 
“We’re shifting resources from PCs to tablets,” said Whitman. “The market moved very fast to tablets and smartphones, and we’ve got to now manage that transition. And it’s not that HP didn’t try to manage that transition – they did with the acquisition of Palm. But as you know under the previous [management] that took a little detour to nowhere.”

 
To make sure the Palm disaster doesn’t happen again, Whitman said HP will focus more closely on quality this time around. She wants to correct warranty and support problems in order to achieve this.
 
Whitman also mentioned keeping on top of innovation, saying that “innovation is not dead at this company.” She has already upped research and development funding in order to help out in this area.

Earlier this week, HP announced an Android-powered tablet called the Slate 7 for $170. The specs include a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), a 1024x600 display, Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back.
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Steps+Back+into+Tablet+Game+With+Androidpowered+170+Slate+7/article29975.htm#sthash.Y6I2pYGx.dpuf
 
HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010, but encountered many issues. Mainly, sales were slow due to sloppy execution, overproduction and slow hardware releases.
 
HP eventually killed off webOS and its TouchPad tablet in 2011.

Earlier this week, HP sold webOS to LG for SmartTVs.

Source: CNET



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a joke
By Nortel on 2/27/2013 2:20:45 PM , Rating: -1
quote:
“innovation is not dead at this company.”


Does HP consider innovation riding on tablet success popularized by other companies? Maybe innovation is slapping stock Android onto an off the shelf CPU, ram, screen, etc.. and housed in a cheap plastic shell. Innovation may even be copying the black bezel, silver back design...who knows what innovation is to this company.




RE: a joke
By kleinma on 2/27/2013 2:28:32 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry I am sure they will innovate with more proprietary add-on products, like they did when they sold those media drives which were regular hard drives housed in a shell that only fit HP computers. There is some innovation for ya.


RE: a joke
By DiscoWade on 2/27/2013 6:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
That is almost what generation 8 HP servers do. They use the standard SATA connector but you have to buy the hot-plug hard drives from them. I found that out the hard way. And they are expensive. Almost 3 times as much and it doesn't have a 5 year warranty. And, oh by the way, those mass-produced generation 7 shells you can get cheaply, they don't fit.

A little jury-rigging fixed that problem though.


RE: a joke
By Argon18 on 2/27/2013 6:04:24 PM , Rating: 1
It's sad but true. Innovation died at HP over a decade ago. They've laid off all their talent through many many rounds of workforce reduction. All that's left is clueless executives, marketeers, and tech support in India. HP is a hollow shell, an emperor with no clothes.


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