Despite the failure of webOS and a number of other issues plaguing HP, the company refuses to give up when it comes to the smartphone market, telling The India Express that “HP has to be in the game.”
In a recent interview, HP Senior Director of Consumer PCs and Media Tablets in the Asia Pacific region revealed that the company is working on a new smartphone that it hopes will offer a “differentiated experience,” while still focusing much of its attention on its line of tablets, notebooks and all-in-one PCs. The news follows rumors earlier this year that the company was working on an Android tablet and possibly an HP smartphone as well.
HP famously bought Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010 in a bid to enter the smartphone market, but failed to gain any traction with its line of webOS devices largely due to supply and shipping issues. Despite this very public setback, the company seems determined to re-enter the highly competitive market though details are still scarce.
“The answer is yes but I cannot give a timetable,” said Yin. “It would be silly if we say no.” It was silly for HP to kill webOS in the first place.