Palm owners HP hint that Web OS future lies in tablets, not phones
HP CEO Mark Hurd said that: “We didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business.”
HP recently canned a tablet project with Microsoft – first touted by Steve Ballmer at CES2010 - in favour of a Web-OS flavoured version. The 3G tablet was originally set to run Windows 7, include an Intel Atom processor and have internal storage over 16GB.
Speaking at a Merrill Lynch symposium Hurd continued: “The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment... We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices...
"Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment.”
HP acquired Palm earlier this year, handing over a cool $1.2 billion to take over the ailing mobile maker.