With global PC sales declining, Hewlett-Packard seems to be trying to enter the smartphone market, more than a year after the company killed off WebOS mobile OS.
HP Senior Director of Consumer PC and Media Tablets Asia Pacific Yam Su Yin told news agency PTI
that it would be "silly" for the company to ignore the lucrative smartphone market, adding that the company has been working Ton launching a new smartphone, which would offer a "differentiated experience" to consumers. HP's executive did not give a timeline, but also confirmed the company's focus on tablet PCs, notebook PCs as well as all-in-ones (AIOs).
HP purchased Palm for USD 1.2 billion in April 2010 but the webOS-based devices failed to take off. Products using WebOS were discontinued, including the TouchPad tablet line and smartphones such as the Pre and Pixi, 13 months later.
HP will likely turn to Android to run future mobile devices.