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HP: webOS smartphones, slate PCs and netbooks on their way

by Jonathan I Ezor#IM Thu, 01 Jul 2010 10:39 am EDT

HP has published its official press release announcing the completion of the Palm acquisition, and its brief text includes quite a few carrots for the hungry webOS faithful. One is this quote from Todd Bradley, the EVP of HP's Personal Systems Group (to whom Jon Rubinstein and his Palm global business unit will report):

With webOS, HP will deliver its customers a unique and compelling experience across smartphones and other mobility products. This allows us the opportunity to fully engage in growing our smartphone family offering and the footprint of webOS.

For those wishing for official confirmation that Palm will remain a smartphone provider, there it is.

Even more exciting is what the release says about how broadly that "footprint" will stretch:

Palm will be responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products, from a robust smartphone roadmap to future slate PCs and netbooks.

Forget about the Foleo that was for sale on eBay yesterday: HP has just definitively told the world that slate PCs (aka tablets) and netbooks running webOS are in the works.

Full release after the break!

PALO ALTO, Calif., -- HP today announced it has completed its acquisition of Palm Inc. at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash.

HP today announced it has completed its acquisition of Palm Inc. at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash.

The combination gives HP significant headway into one of technology’s fastest-growth segments with Palm’s innovative webOS platform and family of smartphones, plus a rich portfolio of intellectual property from the smartphone pioneer.

HP’s global scale and financial strength plus Palm’s award-winning webOS experience, as well as its acclaimed Pre and Pixi smartphone product lines, enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the highly profitable, $100 billion smartphone and connected mobile device markets.

“With webOS, HP will deliver its customers a unique and compelling experience across smartphones and other mobility products,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “This allows us the opportunity to fully engage in growing our smartphone family offering and the footprint of webOS.”

Under Jon Rubinstein, former Palm chairman and chief executive officer, the Palm global business unit will report to Bradley. Palm will be responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products, from a robust smartphone roadmap to future slate PCs and netbooks.

“With HP’s full backing and global strengths, I’m confident that webOS will be able to reach its full potential,” said Rubinstein. ”This agreement will accelerate the development of this incredible platform with new resources, scale and support from a world-respected brand.”