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HP wants to release a smartphone within 5 years

HP wants to release a smartphone within 5 years
That HP is planning to "aggressively attack" the smartphone market with offerings of its own is something that we know already. Last month, the company's CEO, Meg Whitman, confirmed that an HP smartphone is going to be released sooner or later. What wasn't exactly clear, however, is when we might expect a new HP handset to hit the shelves, but a recent interview has shed some light on the matter.

HP has no plans to launch a smartphone in 2013, said CEO Meg Whitman, and that doesn't mean that one is to be unveiled by the time 2012 is out. It is being predicted that 2013 is going to be a tough fiscal year for HP anyway, so venturing into markets, on which it has failed once already, perhaps won't be too good of an idea. However, the company will surely need to launch its own smartphone within 5 years, as failure to do so would lead HP to missing out on a huge and steadily increasing market segment. The ultimate goal of the company is to offer a full spectrum of personal computing devices - anything from PCs and laptops to tablets and smartphones, and everything in between.

So if you've been hoping for HP to release a smartphone anytime soon, better start looking at handsets offering by other companies. As for what platform the future HP smartphones could be powered by - webOS, Android, or perhaps something different, we can only guess at this time.

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9 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

5 years, oh holy crap

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's enough time for perfecting WebOS

5. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

It is plenty of time perfecting a new mobile OS. The future is quite bright.

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

For me mentioning hp makes me think of large servers, desktop PCs and laptops. It will take some time for them to build customers' trust in mobile segment such as smartphones and tablets. At current time that's like jumping into a pond full of alligators. There was an era when hp had its own ipaq line of phones, but I missed it because I was too young (and poor) to try it.

4. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

I wanna work at Google plex also. We can all dream

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1918; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

HP can't be serious about taking 5 years to build a smartphone. This has to be more related to OS development, as it takes awhile to make a mature smartphone OS.

7. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

5 years? I expect products like Google Glass to begin taking over before that. Smartphones won't be around for much longer.

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i wish webOS will be the platform that is a competition of android in terms of open source! and webOS has higher standards than android being linux 3.3 while android is still at 3.1...

9. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Are they in their right heads? Seriously! 5 years is little, no it is way too long in a market where changes happen in every 5 months or 6.

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