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HP Plans to Launch WebOS Netbook, Tablet and Smartphone: Report

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 01-18-2011 Print
HP is reportedly planning to introduce a netbook running Palm's WebOS, in addition to tablets and smartphones.

Hewlett-Packard is expected to soon introduce a tablet running WebOS, as well as a smartphone. But a netbook? According to Jan. 17 report from Ars Technica, netbooks are among the planned HP devices that will not only run the company's prized new mobile OS, but will seamlessly interact.

HP reportedly includes netbooks in a discovered set of training materials that it developed to help educate its mobile carriers' salespeople, according to the tech site.

"One of the advantages of WebOS that is briefly highlighted in the training is the platform's ability to run on multiple devices that can easily communicate with each other over the Internet," writes Ars Technica. "The specific form factors listed in the training are phones, tablets and netbooks."

On Jan. 5 HP sent out invitations to members of the press, inviting them to an event Feb. 9. Besides including a WebOS announcement, the invitation offered few details about the event, beyond the teaser line: "Think big. Think small. Think beyond." This prompted speculation that HP perhaps plans to show off tablets of various sizes, or additionally a number of form factors.

Speaking to CNBC interviewer Maria Bartiromo at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 7, HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley confirmed that a variety of WebOS-running form factors are planned -- at one point even seeming to suggest that a television is in the works.

For more, read the eWeek article: HP WebOS Netbook Planned, Along With Tablet and Smartphone: Report.


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