HP cans rumored Android tablet

Remember how HP has been working on tablets running several OS's? All Things Digital's John Paczkowski has gotten a tip that HP has decided to shelve (at least for the time being) a tablet running Android:

"Hewlett Packard is working on a variety of tablet PCs, running a variety of operating systems. Among them, an Android device that was supposed to arrive at market in the fourth quarter of 2010. But no longer. Sources in position to know tell me that HP’s Android slate has been delayed and won’t ship before the end of the year as planned."

HP is a huge company, but they do have limited resources. It is not too hard to imagine that they would want to dedicate their resources to  Windows Phone 7... phones while also "doubling down" on webOS for both tablets and printers

For anyone looking for an Android tablet, there are still options out there. The Dell Streak is running wild and Verizon is looking to offer an iPad competitor later this year as well. [All Things Digital

  • I would assume WebOS will be the basis of all HP's mobile products,that's why they bought Palm.
  • That's something I don't get. Android is free, and WebOS is all but dead. Why bother?
  • HP has talked a lot about why they chose to buy Palm. They (as do many people in the mobile gadget space) think that webOS is one of the best mobile OS's out there and its card system should translate well to tablets. Really, the Pre was held back by sub-par hardware which really hampered the amazing software. And Google did just hire one of their key UI designers to help improve Android.
  • The software is pretty flawed as well, it doesn't have as many features as iOS or Android (yet) and it is extremely laggy. Aside from the build quality itself, the internal hardware of the Pre is great. It is as good if not better than the iPhone 3GS, Motorola Droid, and Nokia N900. However, even with the good internal hardware the OS is really laggy and frustrating to use because of that. If Palm/HP can find out a way to make their OS really fast and add a few new features. Android and iOS may be in for a rude awakening. Maybe... lol
  • The "laggy" came from the Pre not having a fast enough processor and enough RAM. The Pre Plus on Verizon and AT&T was a good improvement over the original hardware. And when the Pre came out, I remember reading endless stories about how things on it broke and people had to get new ones, etc etc.
  • webOS is dead? Are you kidding me? HP just spent 1.2 billion dollars to buy it. Do you think they'd spend 1.2 billion dollars for something that's "all but dead?" Back in the late 1990s, there was once this little company in silicon valley. They'd been around since the late 70s, and had some very successful products, but it'd been years since they released anything important. Everyone assumed they were at deaths door, had no future, and on the brink of bankruptcy. Then they spent over 400 million dollars of what little money they had left to buy a little software company as a last hope, and bring an advisor in from that company while they were at it. That advisor, who 10 years earlier was forced out of that very company, soon became the CEO of the company after a boardroom coup. But everyone still assumed the company was mere months away from bankruptcy.
    Now, 13 years later, that company is trading at nearly $250 a share, has absolutely no debt, and as of their April Q2 earnings report has over 47 billion dollars in the bank. I think you long ago guessed what the name of this company is and who "the advisor" is. The point I'm trying to get at is this: you can't just call something say that a company should jut fold their hand and give up on something because it because people think it's "all but dead," even if that's the accepted wisdom. Because if HP was willing to pay 1.2 billion for it, they have some plans for webOS- and trust me, HP has the cash to make it happen- HP is actually slightly richer than that mystery company located in Cupertino, California that I talked about above (to be fair, odds are they will surpass HP pretty soon- also, HP has been around for more than twice the amount of time has that iCorperation I was talking about)
    By the way, Android isn't free- not exactly. AOSP- Android Open Source Project- is 100% free. Android has some things like the Google "gApps" which aren't free- the Gmail app, Google Maps, Android Market, YouTube, and there's another one but it slipped my mind. It's free without those apps though, right? Yes- in theory. HTC, for example, has to pay Microsoft patent royalties for every phone they ship with Sense on it. That goes for both Windows Mobile and Android, or anything else they want to put SenseUI on. But Android in an of itself costs nothing, right? Well, yes. But that's a red herring. Android wouldn't be "free" to HP- do you realize how much money it would cost to adapt Android to fit their hardware, look the way they want it to, work the way they want it to, and everything else needed to make Android make sense and be easy to use on a tablet. A tablet isn't just a big phone. You can't just take an EVO and stretch it out to twice it's size and get a tablet- no, that's a blown-up smartphone, and everything on the screen will look god-awful. They'd have to adapt webOS a bit as well, but not NEARLY as much- one of the principal things Palm did when they created webOS was to make it scale easily- it's all HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which are a lot easier than Java, which Android is written in after all- and it really does just scale the same way a web page does when you resize the browser window. A lot of the work is done already. Not all, but a good amount. Not only that, but don't forget that a myriad other manufacturers are coming out with Android tablets- HP would have to seriously bust their assess for years and years to make an Android tablet that would stand out. Unless you're HTC and have that SenseUI fanbase already there, Android tablet makers struggle will struggle to stand out as they're surrounded by a sea of other Android slates. With webOS, it's different. While Android slates are an fighting every man for himself in a crowded space, HP has the webOS tablet space all to itself. They're the only ones who can make devices with webOS- their devices can stand out instantly.
  • HP will not have a Windows phone 7 out this year. Microsoft promotional material does not list HP as a make of wp7 phones. They do list them as a make of windows tablets/slates though
  • Though I'm a huge fan of Android, I'll say that WebOS was, by far the easiest to use of all Mobile OSes I've used, which include WinMo6, Android 2.0-2.1, and the iphone. Its hardware had its drawbacks and so did the software, but for ease of use, it won hands down.
  • WebOS is superior.
    If u haven't used it, u can't knock it.
  • And if I have used it, and think it's whole model is seriously flawed, then can I knock it?
  • If you give webOS a real shake down, you'll be hard pressed to want to go back to other mobile platforms. Hopefully HP will do a good job expanding the hardware options for it.
  • Why is everyone acting as if HP not using anyone else's OS on their mobile hardware is news? They moment they bought Palm, it was obvious that they weren't going to waste time or money on WinMobile or Android. At least until they've given WebOS a change to shine. By the way, a WebOS slate and/or phone, that can print directly to a WebOS printer? iWho? Andy who? (Andy-roid was invented by Andy Rubin, by the way.)