HP has confirmed that it won’t be jumping on the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon — which has seen a number of other PC manufacturers get on board. Instead, HP will be solely focusing WebOS, which they recently purchased. HP Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley talked to CNBC, and confirmed that they would be putting all their efforts into WebOS devices.
Q: Can you make webOS successful with developers when you’re selling Windows Phone 7, maybe Android or Linux at the same time?
A: We continue to be Microsoft’s biggest customer, and we continue to believe we will drive innovation with Microsoft. At the same time, I think it’s clear to say, that we’re very focused on the customer, and giving the customer the experience that’s important to them. We won’t do — will not do a Linux / Android phone. We won’t do a Microsoft phone.
Q: So no Windows Phone 7?
A: We will continue to more broadly deliver the webOS-based phones that are in the market today, and Jon and his team have driven a strong roadmap for the future.
Q: So does that mean you’re going webOS only for phones?
A: For smartphones it does. Our intent is to focus those resources and really make webOS the best OS it can be.
This isn’t surprising, as HP’s purchase of Palm was a major expense for the company, and it would be unusual for them to split their mobile efforts over two OSs after such an investment.
Pretty obvious but for the sake of the Apple “fruit flies” that will not get it, its best to spell things out.
But its best HP is entitled to keep production to where they can focus on what they do. Why build a product that bets against the house?
Christopher Meinck says
HP needs to focus on Palm products right now. They’ve spent a bundle acquiring webOS and will need to focus on creating great hardware to accompany webOS. Makes perfect sense to pool resources and focus on webOS. If Palm were selling a boat load of phones, then perhaps it would have made sense to make a Windows Phone 7 device. I thought it was a good move when Palm released the 700w. That was a different time though.