HP continues to operate on the outskirts of the mobile market and the company's latest product is the Slate 6 VoiceTab II, a successor to the device launched less than a year ago. However, while this is an upgraded edition of that device, the sequel seems uncannily like its predecessor, so prepare to be let down.
HP has entered the smartwatch market with a pretty big splash today, raising the curtain on a new wearable designed by Michael Bastian, the Chronowing. Pulling a renowned American fashion designer in for the device probably tells you what HP's goals are. While most smartwatches are trying to marry design over function, HP's effort seems to put the former before that latter.
Over the last 15 years, no company has sold more PCs than HP and the brand is still considered among the biggest computer manufacturers in the world. Like many PC vendors, HP missed the boat with mobile, but with its coverage, market cachet, funds, and technological nous, HP should be a force in smartphone and tablets. The simple truth is though that it isn't doing well in mobile and the reason is products like the new HP Slate 17.
Smart watches have been on the verge of exploding for the last two years, at least if you listen to analysts. However, the market has struggled to really take off and wrist wearable sales are still only counted in the hundreds of thousands instead of millions. Much of that failure to explode has been attributed to a lack of showbiz in the way smart watches look, but HP may have a remedy for that with its upcoming wearable.
Welcome to 2014, a year where webOS is on TV and HP is making smartphones again - only it's now making Android "voice tablets" (tablets that make phone calls) instead of webOS.
An HP Android tablet? Yes, it's more than a rumor that makes sense; it's now officially happening with the release of the HP Slate 7. HP confirmed that its second foray into tablets will feature Android 4.1 software rather than its own webOS.
HP CEO Meg Whitman said in an on-camera interview that her company has to offer a smartphone because that is becoming the primary computing device. Despite that assessment, Whitman now says that HP will not release a smartphone in 2013.
HP may have ceased production on webOS smartphones and tablets - for now, at least - but the company hasn't stopped working on the operating system that powered devices like the Palm Pre and HP Touchpad.
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.
The Open webOS project has taken another step towards fulfilling HP's pledge to keep webOS alive. Following a promise to release webOS under an open source license, HP released a beta version of the code today. The code and development tools are the first step towards making the software that powered the Palm Pre and HP Touchpad useable for developers looking to put the software on other devices. HP has dropped efforts to build consumer products using webOS software, but the company has made 54 components and 450,000 lines of code available to developers. The final release of Open webOS is expected next month.