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Hewlett-Packard's last attempt at smartphones was a huge bust, but it looks like the company will give it another shot. 

Yam Su Yin, HP Senior Director Consumer PC and Media Tablets Asia Pacific, said that HP is planning to enter the smartphone market once again.

"The answer is yes but I cannot give a timetable," said Yin when asked if HP would get back in the smartphone game. "It would be silly if we say no. HP has to be in the game."

HP will have tough competition from the likes of Apple and Samsung, which account for more than 50 percent of the global smartphone market share together. So how will HP compete with the well-established smartphone giants and ensure that it doesn't fail in this market once again?

"Being late you have to create a different set of proposition," said Yin. "There are still things that can be done. It’s not late. When HP has a smartphone, it will give a differentiated experience."

HP will reportedly use the Android operating system in its new smartphones, mainly because of the popularity of Google's Android and the fact that it comes at many different price points for customers. 

This certainly isn't HP's first attempt to get into the smartphone game. In April 2010, HP bought Palm for $1.2 billion -- thus gaining control of the webOS mobile operating system. But a little over a year later, HP said it was discontinuing all production of webOS devices.

HP Palm Pre 3

In August 2012, HP created a wholly-owned subsidiary called Gram, which consisted of Palm's remaining components. 

Many believe that webOS was a good operating system with plenty of potential, but HP ran it into the ground. Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein even said last month that selling to HP was "a waste."

"I'm not sure I would have sold the company to HP. That's for sure," said Rubinstein. "Talk about a waste… If we had known they were just going to shut it down and never really give it a chance to flourish, what would have been the point of selling the company?"

While HP has crashed and burned in the past with smartphones, 2013 could prove to be a good year to jump back in: it's the first year where smartphones are expected to pass feature phones in sales with 52.2 percent of total mobile phone shipments worldwide.

Last September, HP CEO Meg Whitman said that having smartphone offerings would be key to completing the company's top-to-bottom family of computing products. 

"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.”

Source: The Indian Express

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WebOS didn't stand a chance ...
By ZorkZork on 7/2/2013 5:07:19 AM , Rating: 2
It is interesting to hear people talk about how wrong it was to can webOS. In my opinion buying webOS was incredibly stupid and canning it at smart move at the time. It doesn’t matter that webOS had great potential from a user or technical standpoint. The OS didn’t have a chance.

HP lacked the muscles to build the broad suite of services around it (look at how much Apple, Google, Microsoft delivers). HP lacked the ability to bring 3rd party vendors onboard. And HP lacked an app store with significant volume.

Take a look at how much Microsoft is struggling with Windows on mobile … HP didn’t stand a chance and Microsoft is probably doomed too (in the mobile OS market).

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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