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HP: TouchPad due in June, 100 million webOS devices sometime

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Mon March 14, 2011

HP CEO vows webOS to hit 100m devices

HP chief Leo Apotheker in his major strategy briefing on Monday outlined an aggressive plan for webOS. He expected that the TouchPad and smartphones like the Pre3 and Veer would all be shipping by June and would be part of "wave after wave" of releases. HP eventually hoped to ship 100 million webOS devices, although Apotheker didn't say when this would happen.

Plans for webOS on PCs would see a beta available by the end of 2011, he said. The full rollout is due sometime in 2012.

The goal is ambitious for HP, which took over Palm at a time when its share was shrinking and has since dipped to about four percent in the US. However, it has committed itself to the platform and plans to get it even into devices where a mobile OS is still rare, such as in printers. Palm is widely believed to have suffered from a lack of money and scale that forced it to pursue only limited deals and limited the reach of its marketing.

Apple only just reached 100 million iPhones shipped this month, but it reached the figure for all iOS hardware last year.

The TouchPad, Pre3 and Veer will be virtually the only major mobile devices beyond Apple and RIM to have both the OS and hardware under its control, and the technique is allowing unique tricks, such as special apps that run when a device is on its Touchstone dock or the option of pushing a website from a webOS phone to the TouchPad to read it on the larger screen, solely by moving the two devices close together.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. macnnoel

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    +6

    Yep- 100 million alright

    Throw all kinds of ***t all around and hope something sticks-

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +7

    Shipping?

    You can ship as many devices as you like but can your retailers sell them?

  1. ggirton

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    +4

    Soon we'll know

    how right Steve is.

    "The TouchPad, Pre3 and Veer will be virtually the only major mobile devices beyond Apple and RIM to have both the OS and hardware under its control, and the technique is allowing unique tricks ..."

    It'll be magic design team up against magic design team, Apple v. HP, HP v. RIM.

    Since tech monopolies have led to less-than-stellar tech innovation (phone & cable company I'm talking about you, and let's not get started with M$), I don't see a downside to having HP try to do the same vertical design integration as Apple, and having the resources to at least survive.

    not to mention unique tricks.

  1. facebook_Thomas

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    +4

    Actually

    They can reach this goal once the webOS is included on desktops and notebooks as well. Doesn't mean people are using it but they will be sold :-)

  1. macnnoel

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    +4

    ---

    "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that"

  1. chas_m

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    +3

    WebOS

    So far, I'd have to say it's the most WORTHY competitor to iOS, and apparently HP thinks so too, since they are sinking a ton of money into it. I think competition is great when it's not a) simply a rip-off of the market leader or b) simply a knee-jerk anti-market-leader reaction. As much as we all love Apple, I'm not sure it would be in anybody's best interest for it to be the ONLY mobile OS provider on earth.

    I agree with ggirton's post. WebOS is focused on consumers and features, not data-mining (Android) or being a one-trick pony (RIM). It has hardware and software integration, and at least some of Apple's shine behind it. I think if HP continues to invest in it, WebOS/Palm technology could yield them very significant benefits, particularly as Microsoft's ship continues to slowly sink.

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