When HP announced that it is going to acquire smartphone-maker Palm, the company said it intends to release tablets running the Palm webOS. According to an industry rumor, the first of these will be on the market well before most experts thought.
This tablet supposedly has the code-named the HP Hurricane, and is reportedly scheduled for release in the third quarter of this year.
If this is correct, it would be a remarkable feat of product development. HP and Palm only agreed on their deal a couple of weeks ago, and it won’t close until some time in the third quarter of this year. Many believe that HP can’t have a webOS powered tablet on the market before 2011.
Could Be a Mistake
This rumor could be the result of merging two reports that don’t belong together. Sources have indicated that Palm’s next webOS smartphone will have a tablet shape, but that only means it won’t include a physical keyboard, not that it will be a tablet computer.
Someone could have taken the report of a tablet-shaped device from Palm coming this summer and added in HP’s plan to release a webOS-powered tablet at some point and come up with a webOS tablet computer coming this summer.
More HP Tablets
On the day HP announced it is acquiring Palm and the webOS, HP Todd Bradley, the head of HP’s personal systems group, told reporters “Between smartphones, slates and potentially netbooks, there are a lot of opportunities here.”
HP’s plans for a tablet running the webOS follow a recent trend. Quite a few companies are bringing out tablet computers based on smartphone operating systems; the Apple iPad is based on the iPhone OS, and several companies are prepping Android OS-based tablets.
In addition, HP may be producing a tablet computer running a full version of Microsoft Windows 7. This device was announced earlier this year, an unconfirmed report says this may have been canceled.
More about the Palm webOS
The webOS is replacing the venerable Palm OS. It is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The webOS includes a highly capable web browser, email app, multimedia player, and much more. In addition, has a an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
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