HP is working on at least four new smartphones running the webOS as well as a tablet based on this operating system, according to information leaking out of Asia. All of these are going to debut next year.
In September, Rahul Sood, who is the head of HP’s gaming business but has become the company’s chief evangelist for the webOS, said that HP “is committed to delivering webOS on a wide range of devices” over the next twelve months.
Since then, HP has introduced one smartphone, the Palm Pre 2.
This is reportedly going to be followed up by five or six new models in 2011, one of which will be a tablet computer possibly called the PalmPad. These will be produced by Foxconn and Compal Communications, which are apparently the sources for this unconfirmed report.
At this point, there are no specific details available on the upcoming webOS-based models, aside from a mention from Sood that there will be “new form factors”.
More about the webOS
The webOS is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
It includes an on-device app store, and a moderate collection of third-party software is available.
This operating system was developed by Palm, Inc., a company that was acquired by HP earlier this year. HP intends to use the webOS to become a major force in the smartphone market.