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HP will get back into the smartphone business - someday


News by Andrew Kameka on Friday September 14, 2012.

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When HP began its firesale of its Touchpad tablet and declared that it would cease building webOS devices, it appeared as though the company was going to abandon the mobile computing business completely. That's not the case according to a recent interview with CEO Meg Whitman.

Whitman told FOX Business that HP is working on reentering the mobile sector at an undefined date. Whitman said that HP's goal is to be a part of all forms of computing, a necessary step for a computing company in a world that is increasingly shifting towards mobile form factors. Though the company has cut jobs and done little in mobile other than open source development for webOS, HP is slowly plotting its course to selling smartphones.

Whitman told FOX:
"We did take a detour with smartphones and we've got to get it right this time. My motto to the team is better right than faster than we should be there, so we're working to make sure that when we do this, it will be the right thing for Hewlett-Packard and we will be successful. My view is we have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many parts of the world, that is your first computing device. There will be countries around the world where people may never own a tablet or a PC or a desktop; they will do everything on the smartphone. We're a computing company, so we have to take advantage of that form factor."

Whenever HP decides to give smartphones another try, the company will enter an incredibly competitive market. Google Android and Apple iOS dominate market share and sales reports, so HP may once again find itself competing with Microsoft Windows Phone and RIM BlackBerry for a distant third place.

source: FOX Business, via: TheVerge

 
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