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HP: webOS coming to printers as well as tablets

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Tue May 18, 2010

HP to use Palm for web-connected printers

HP during the call discussing its latest quarterly results provided the surprise that it would use webOS in printers. While the company had previously said it would use the Palm deal to make webOS tablets, chief executive Mark Hurd added that "web-connected" printer hardware was coming. They need an OS to get online, he said.

The strategy would represent a relative first in printers, as the use of mobile operating systems is virtually non-existent to date, but would be in step with HP's own printer strategy. A year ago, it introduced an Internet printer with apps. Palm's platform would not only give HP a ready-made framework but a less proprietary environment that could see apps written for phones and tablets modified for printing duties.

Synergy, a key feature of webOS, could help add social networking such as Facebook or LinkedIn as well as synchronize changes across multiple devices and services.

The first fruits of HP's takeover of Palm could come this summer, as the rumored Hurricane tablet may ship in the summer and provide a major challenger to the iPad.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004

    -3

    Are you in favor of WebOS printers, please comment

    I'm against WebOS printers, but I'm in favor of WebOS cameras...your thoughts?

  1. JulesLt

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    Joined: Jul 2005

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    Unwindows

    It's interesting - we already have printers that don't need PCs, so why not let people bypass the PC to upload images to Facebook, et al.

    HP are obviously banking on a move to a 'connected devices' world, and they know that needs a flexible OS they can control - even Android doesn't give them that.

    (You can take it and fork it, but fundamentally, you can't take it too far, without ending up with an incompatible product)

  1. brainiac

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    Replacing Android

    They already have Android tablets as well as printers that have detachable Android mini tablets. It looks like they would rather use the WebOS than Android. It seems fine if they want control over the OS but seems silly if they want the largest possible developer community supporting the device. One of their big goals seems to be to turn everything into kiosks - printers, computers, etc. The other big goal is to increase printed pages. I think that what they will end-up with is something like a TV/VCR/DVD combo. You get a lot of functions but other devices can do better. If you do not already have a smartphone, an iPad, or a laptop/computer, then you might benefit from the additional functionality in the printer.

  1. brainiac

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    Joined: Sep 2003

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    At JulesLt

    Why not have a simple printer that focuses on printing well, eliminate the R&D cost around making the printer perform the function of your other devices, and then reduce the need to sell a subsidized printer and reduce the cost of ink used to recoup costs (and generally gouge users). The price of ink does not need to be thousands of dollars per gallon (not kidding). Yes, I realize that I am otherwise being totally unrealistic. Would I love to have a printer with lower cost of ownership and simply use my other devices (that I already use daily) to drive printing or uploading pictures or whatever – yes. Unfortunately, gimmicks help sell products.

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