PC chief of HP Taiwan, Monty Wong, has told daily trade paper Digitimes that Palm’s WebOS will be used on “smartphones and tablets”, a category that would include an HP Slate. According to Digitimes, the newly-acquired OS will only be used for these touch-based devices. Netbooks and other computers will continue to use desktop operating systems.
Wong said that “HP will announce more details after the completion of the Palm acquisition at the end of July.” So far Digitimes offers no other details (the story is classed as a “snapshot”, and should be added to shortly), but the move to use WebOS on slates and phones is really an obvious one. After all, why buy Palm otherwise?
Between Android, the iPad and now HP’s tablet plans, this newly-reinvigorated device category is white-hot. Apple has proved that people are willing to buy a simple, easy to use device that frees them from babysitting a full PC OS. HP clearly sees its mobile future as a vertical system, just like Apple’s, instead of just churning out commodity PC hardware for Microsoft to slap Windows into. The next stage of the computer’s evolution is well under way.
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