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.