Whitman: HP will make new webOS tablets, eventually, but not smartphones | webOS Nation

Whitman: HP will make new webOS tablets, eventually, but not smartphones

by Derek Kessler Fri, 09 Dec 2011 4:07 pm EST

HP CEO Meg Whitman talked with the guys over at The Verge about HP’s future plans for webOS, now that they’ve decided to open source it. While all of the official verbiage on the announcement was very careful to avoid any mention of hardware from HP or any other manufacturer, The Verge asked pointedly if HP had any intentions on making new webOS hardware. Said Whitman:

“The answer to that is yes but what I can't tell you is whether that will be in 2012 or not. But we will use webOS in new hardware, but it's just going to take us a little longer to reorganize the team in a quite different direction than we've been taking it in the past.”

So we may or may not see any new webOS hardware out of HP in the next year (though it doesn't sound likely), but as far as the CEO is concerned, HP definitely intends to put out something new that runs webOS. Eventually. But what might that device be? Tablets, Whitman admitted when pressed, commenting that “I do not believe we will be in the smartphone business again.”

That’s sad news to us, as we’re what you might call big fans of webOS smartphones. It’s how we got hooked on webOS and it’s the webOS hardware for which we’ve been waiting. Could somebody else take the open-sourced webOS and make it run on a smartphone? Sure, that’s something somebody could do. But will they? That’s the big question.

Source: The Verge