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H-P (HPQ) is officially done with webOS and embracing Android. LG has bought webOS and related...

H-P (HPQ) is officially done with webOS and embracing Android. LG has bought webOS and related IP from H-P, with plans use it in smart TVs. H-P tried to reinvent webOS as an app development platform, but that didn't go far, and much of the team left for Google. Meanwhile, H-P has announced the Slate 7, a $170 7" Android tablet that supports H-P's ePrint tech, but sports ho-hum specs otherwise. H-P, which has delayed making Windows RT tablets, says it wants to "have a broad set of [tablets] on the market" - Microsoft might not be thrilled to hear that. (high-end tablet rumor)
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  • chopchop0
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    Thank god for CyanogenMod breathing life back into the HP Touchpad with Android
    25 Feb 2013, 09:48 AM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    HP picked the wrong horse to align with.

     

    Dell and Microsoft will be taking out Android's tablets in short order
    25 Feb 2013, 09:51 AM Reply Like
  • 6fujitsu0
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    interesting trade off between price / performance.
    $170, probably sell for less at retail.
    25 Feb 2013, 09:56 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    Hopefully HPQ got some Long-term investment options into LG.

     

    Anything short is irresponsible to HPQ shareholders!

     

    Corruption, all over the place.
    25 Feb 2013, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    HP had a imitative to put WebOS on every product it makes, even in tandem with Windows.

     

    It was a great idea, especially for its printers.

     

    It appears HP is throwing in the towel on that and may prefer Android for the same...
    27 Feb 2013, 07:22 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    They threw in the towel a long time ago when they decided to mark down the WebOS tablet from $499 to $99 despite it costing nearly triple that amount to make.
    27 Feb 2013, 07:48 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    I meant the idea of running their own software platform across their entire device line was a good one, and that HP may have decided to abandon it or perhaps that it is better off utilizing Android in this respect. The platform itself.... yeah that died long ago.

     

    What's not mentioned in this deal is whether HP retains any rights to making WebOS based products or access to the Palm patent portfolio. Clearly for LG the value is in having it's own pocket OS competitor to stuff like Tizen and the patents, but is HP hanging onto anything at all here?
    27 Feb 2013, 07:56 AM Reply Like
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