Future HP Tablets Will Be Palm-Based
HP will concentrate its tablet-development efforts on a "PalmPad" based on Palm's webOS operating system, as opposed to Android devices, the company's gadget head told the New York Times.
Jon Rubinstein, who was Palm's CEO prior to the acquisition of the company by HP earlier this year, said that HP has given up on plans to make Android tablets and will instead make a tablet based on Palm's software, to appear early next year. HP will also make webOS-based phones, rather than use Windows 7.
HP did release a small Android-based tablet in early September, as an add-on to a printer, and the Windows 7-based Slate tablet is expected to arrive prior to the first PalmPad. But HP will concentrate on developing the webOS devices going forward.