HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook

HP's buying Palm, in case you haven't heard, for $1.2 billion. While we doubt many of you were waiting up nights for the Compaq Airlife 100, HP's Android-powered netbook that we took a look at back at Mobile World Congress, it remains to be seen if HP will be willing (or able, for that matter) to continue any Android development, especially given that a webOS tablet is now a strong possibility. HP did give us the following statement, however:

"We offer choices of OS today, and expect to continue doing so. We’re focused on serving our customers, from individual consumers to small businesses to large enterprise customers by delivering the most appropriate solutions."

Alrighty then. For more on the deal, hit up PreCentral.net.

(And note that I'll be on the emergency PalmCast Broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT, asking these same questions.)

 

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HP buys Palm, plans to continue offering 'choices of OS' (meaning Android?)

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Hmm...not thinking Android HP devices will be as likely in the future. Continuing to offer Winmo phones for now makes sense if for no other reason than staying of MS's good side, as Windows powers virually all HP's computers I would imagine, not to mention Winmo phones is all HP has already made. Also, if they presumably intend to expand on WebOS some way, how many OSs do you build for before you call it a day?

HP had no commitment to any mobile platform, and had been very weak in that area. HP now realizes that the mobile platform is important, but has little presence. The iPaq phones are out of date, and there is nothing in HP's pipeline.

By buying Palm, HP has two already approved FCC phones they can start selling. With HP's marketing abilities and money, HP has the ability to get those two phones moving. It also gets WebOS which can easily be put onto HP's upcoming Slate tablet.

Remember that slate tablet? The one Microsoft was so proud to show off? HP hasn't released it because it isn't convinced that it will sell with Windows 7 on it. Windows 7 is a good desktop platform, but isn't designed for the sub-desktop market. It has touch controls, but it isn't optimized for touch, and presents too much administrative detritus for a tablet computer.

HP is going with WebOS as their mobile platform. They may sell Windows 7 as an option for certain mobile platforms, but HP won't be pushing it. Jobs for 15 year olds