HP plans 'hundreds of millions' of webOS devices

HP plans 'hundreds of millions' of webOS devices

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 hundreds 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 running on 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 market,' McKinney 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 experience.’

Written by Mobile Today
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