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HP hopes to ship 100 million webOS devices a year, bringing new cloud services

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 14 Mar 2011 4:49 pm EDT

Perhaps the implications of webOS getting included on every single HP PC in 2012 and beyond didn't quite hit you, so we'll let HP's CEO Leo Apotheker give you a number, just dropped at the HP Summit: 100 million webOS devices a year. That's a bunch.

Before you go too crazy thinking this will make webOS - even if on PCs - the dominant force in mobility, remember that last we heard there are 208 android devices activated every minute compared to the 120 PCs a minute that HP sells. So 100 million webOS devices is a serious (and for current and future developers, seriously exciting) number, it's quickly becoming clear that if you're not playing at that scale in the coming years, you're not going to be in the game at all. 

CEO Leo Apotheker also made reference to an "Open cloud" that HP is building for developers to take advantage of to offer clould services to HP customers. It looks like they're ramping up Enterprise, SMB, and consumer cloud services - more on that as we get details.

Update: and HP has dropped a press release:

HP intends to build webOS into a leading connectivity platform. As the world’s No. 1 maker of PCs and printers, HP has the potential to deliver 100 million webOS-enabled devices a year into the marketplace, and HP plans to use that scale along with leading development tools to build a robust developer community that is eager to access every segment of the market and every corner of the globe.

Source: HP Summit