Saturday, January 15, 2011

HP admits what the 'exciting' February webOS announcement is

Recently, I wrote about the invitation to a San Fransisco event HP has put out for February 9. It said "Think big. Think small. Think beyond." and "Please join HP on February 9 for an exciting webOS announcement."

So surely, there was something 'exciting' in store for us, related to Palm's mobile operating system called the webOS, which is now owned by HP because they acquired Palm. Now we know what that announcement is. And as speculated, it is really interesting too.

HP Personal Systems Group Executive VP Todd Bradley, in a CNBC interview said that they will be announcing something related to a tablet running webOS. What he said appears to be pointing to a range of tablets and smartphones, and also expanding the scope of webOS to large-screen devices. And everything will be web-oriented.

Even the tech and science blog Ars Technica's Casey Johnston speculates that there will be a range of tablets:
"The event's tagline ("Think big. Think small. Think beyond.") suggests that HP will introduce an entire line of new webOS devices, including smartphones and tablets, that will facilitate the connected experience they're espousing. One of Bradley's biggest points about webOS was its ability to do "true multitasking," so the introduction of the Motorola Xoom and the BlackBerry PlayBook, both of which have dual-core processors, may be making HP sweat more than a little."