HP: No WebOS Smartphones in the works

This was kinda un-expected especially coming from big corporation like HP who is about to pay $1.2Billion to acquire a smartphone company. According to CEO Mark Hurd who spoke at the  Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference yesterday, the The Palm acquisition had nothing to do with being in the smartphone business.

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. 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. That is a very value proposition.

Bad news for all the WebOS fans I guess. But this may sound like music to Microsoft’s ears. HP is/was a Windows Phone 7 launch partner but everything was sort of put on hold after the Palm acquisition announcement. Nothing is really known yet but I guess that we will know soon enough if HP is still riding the Windows Phone 7 train.

Source: ZDNet