HP Getting Back into the Smartphone Business

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HP’s CEO says her company is working on a smartphone. HP hasn’t had one to offer since it shut down production of webOS-based devices last year.

Meg Whitman indicated to Fox Business that a smartphone is something her company is working on, but there’s no rush. “We got to get it right this time, and so my mantra to the team is ‘better right than faster than we should be there’.

Her comments are in this video:

In the Game Again

HP was once the top maker of handheld computers running Microsoft’s Pocket PC operating system. But that didn’t translate to success when consumer interest changed to smartphones.

In response, HP purchased struggling Palm, Inc. in 2010, primarily to get webOS, an operating system designed to run on handset. Sales of devices running it it were mediocre, and the company dropped the product line just over a year ago.

Whitman did not indicate whether HP’s plan is to re-animate the webOS, or to make models running Microsoft’s Windows Phone or Google’s Android. Still, something is definitely coming. She said “My view is we have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world that is 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’re a computing company and we have to take advantage of that form factor.”



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