HP will sling a
"You'll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's personal systems group, at the company's third-quarter earnings call. This was in response to a question about whether or not tablets -- ie, the iPad -- were hurting its sales. HP later confirmed that these products would be tablets.
HP has remained fairly quiet about the details of this tablet, beyond divulging that it would run Palm's webOS operating system. Interestingly, it has filed for trademark of the name '
Palm webOS first picqued our interest with the release of the bought by technology giant HP in April this year.smart phone. Despite , the relatively bare shelves of its app store and dubious build quality of the handset put people off. Amid fairly poor sales and mounting debt, Palm agreed to be
Apple has had overwhelming success with its iPad, which runs a souped-up version of iOS -- a system originally developed for the . Though Microsoft has made developing a Windows 7 tablet " ", perhaps tablets with bespoke operating systems are the way to go -- that appears to be HP's thinking, at least.