HP fervently denies it is making a Windows Phone

HP fervently denies it is making a Windows Phone
A few days ago, we heard a rumor that HP could be getting back into the smartphone game, and that the company might be looking to Microsoft's platform to do so. However, the word directly from HP's public relations firm looks to make it quite clear that is not the case. The rumor may not be true, but it is certainly interesting how forceful HP is with its denial.

Most often when there is a false rumor circulating, the company of note will simply ignore it, because it will go away when there is no more supporting evidence supplied. Saying nothing often works the best because once you actually do say something, the words used will be parsed for more meaning than you may have intended. For example, we often assume the phrase "We don't comment on rumors" is something of an admission that the rumors have some truth to them. 

In this case, HP reps said, "This story is fabrication and is not related to anything HP has in the works. Someone is making stuff up." There is definitely no mistaking the meaning there. That is a firm denial that HP is making a Windows Phone handset. Of course, we have seen an FCC filing for what looks to be a Windows tablet from HP, and an HP exec said earlier this year that "HP has to be in the [smartphone] game." So, don't be surprised if the HP smartphone rumors come back in some form, perhaps with Android rather than Windows Phone.

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6 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

HP would be better off competing in the WP market than in the Android market... There's still a lot of room for WP to grow, so right now is the time for smart companies to jump on board..

3. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

true! right now android market is overflowing with devices from 100s of various companies! so unless they have something ground-breaking tech, they will go unnoticed!

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

That's what people used to say about Nokia, and we know how it ended...

5. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

It ended good with Nokia making double digits in numerous countries. It takes time to break into an entrenched market like the US. The only successful Android company is Samsung. Even Motorola phones now under Google's hands are not fairing well. Nokia was a company that was unable to wait for full success to arrive. A stronger Nokia could have weathered the storm and made it with the windows phone. Looking at where Nokia is and where the other Android manufactures are today like HTC...I'll take Nokia.

2. snowgator

Posts: 3620; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

After their destruction of WebOS, with an assist from Palm as they went belly-up, I might forgive them if they came into the game with a WP. Or not. Much more likely they dip their toes in the water with Android. No sure thing, but it is an easier sell right now. I love me some WP, but Android will get them more headlines and the "mainstream" press which doesn't follow tech as hard will just judge them on the hardware side of things.

6. jsdechavez

Posts: 791; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

HP makes excellent Windows 8 computers.. They could complement that with Windows Phones if they like. But probably it's their partnerships with Nokia that's stopping them.

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