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Meg Whitman confirms HP is working on a smartphone, says it better be done "right than fast"

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Meg Whitman confirms HP is working on a smartphone, says it better be done
HP's new CEO Meg Whitman is apparently not willing to go down without a fight in the smartphone arena. Asked in an interview with a business news outlet, she commented that HP "ultimately has to offer a smartphone", and that they are "working on it". She also said "my mantra to the team is better right than faster".

While this is interesting enough, considering that HP just got off that bandwagon recently when it open-sourced Palm's webOS, and discontinued its phone and tablet efforts with it, we are bugged more by what operating system does HP intend to use.

Close ties with Microsoft are a traditional stronghold for HP, but they said no to Windows RT tablets, and will only be making Win 8 slates, for example. HP is pretty far removed from Google and Android, and trying to resurrect webOS might be doomed. A whole lot of questions coming out of this interview, hopefully we will get some answers soon.

source: FOXBusiness


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posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:19 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I miss webOS but willing to wait and see what they have to offer.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:33 3

2. hf199 (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


This is awesome news for us webOS fans! An open sourced webOS phone, YES! It was and sometimes still is ahead of its time. Superior synergy and notifications!

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:37 3

3. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


I want a HP smartphone with Intel processor running on Windows Phone 8!!!

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:42 3

4. cdgoin (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


I want a portrait QWERTY phone, with a keyboard like the old iPaq (BTW why doesnt HP sue Apple for stealing the i. But I digress.. I want it from anyone. If HP made it, then it would be DIFFERENT.. and god knows I am tired of the same rectangle bricks.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 10:28

5. Hemlocke (unregistered)


HP doesn't sue because the iPaq was not innovative, nor was it even close to being the first device of its kind. Palm and Apple were in that space before them (Palm's original PDAs and the Apple Newton). The problem with HP, right now, is Meg is so desperate to turn it around that most of what they are churning out is garbage or blatant Apple MBA ripoffs. This company just needs to go quietly into that long goodnight.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 12:38 3

6. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Wise statement - a smart woman. Elop, get in the kitchen!

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 15:47

7. frustyak (Posts: 168; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


I'm beginning to think that HP doesn't have a clue what they're doing.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 04:05

8. mercorp (Posts: 984; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Possibly an android with web os ui,or wp8...

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 12:43

9. myclevername (Posts: 94; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)


Anyone else think she looks like Kathy Bates?

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 06:36

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i like this story!! i hope webOS the best!!!

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