IT giant Hewlett Packard is
planning 'hundreds of millions' of webOS powered devices, beginning with a webOS tablet to challenge the iPad.
Speaking at the MobileBeat
2010 conference Phil McKinney, HP’s chief technology officer, revealed HP's wider plans. In a call to developers to build apps for webOS, McKinney said that the company had the scale and resources to sell 'tens or
of millions' of webOS devices, to both businesses and consumers.
HP acquired Palm earlier
this year with a view to developing a line of interconnected devices
Palm’s webOS operating system.
McKinney confirmed that HP
is developing a range of mobile devices including a tablet or 'slate' which
will run on Palm’s webOS system.
HP had originally planned to
launch a tablet powered by Microsoft’s Windows 7 platform but the
acquisition of Palm has seen its plans change.
‘We see Windows having its segments of the
said. However, in the realm of mobile devices, he said, rather than relying on
third-party software, HP believes that success lies with providing its own ‘end-to-end