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

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.

CIO Insight Staff
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