Soon after HP acquired Palm last April, then CEO Mark Hurd stated the company’s desire of taking webOS “beyond smartphones.” The company today gave the world a better look into the operating system’s future beyond smartphones at its “Think Beyond” event in San Francisco, lifting the curtain on a 10-inch webOS tablet. But for those who think that tablets are just as far as HP is willing to go with its “beyond smartphones” strategy for webOS, the world’s leading PC vendor is out to surprise you.
HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley surprised one and all by revealing that the company “plans to bring the WebOS to the device that has the biggest reach of all: the personal computer.” But he refused to share any details. However, people have already begun speculating how HP might go about putting this plan into action. Currently, the popular belief is that HP will most probably use
webOS as a secondary, instant-on OS besides reserving it for its TouchSmart all-in-one PCs and web-connected printers.