Hewlett Packard insists it isn't abandoning the software side of webOS, it just doesn't want to build the accompanying hardware anymore (or PCs, for that matter). Should HP change its mind and start to shop around its mobile OS, the OEM can go ahead and take Samsung off its list of potential buyers. Samsung simply isn't interested in purchasing webOS, or anyone else's operating system, for that matter.
There's a whirlwind of uncertainty surrounding Hewlett Packard right now. Still the largest PC firm in the world, HP's inadvertently drove its market value down by billions of dollars when it opened its mouth last week and didn't stop talking until it announced plans to spin off its PC business, abandon webOS hardware, and spend over $10 billion on an enterprise software firm. Now HP could be ripe for a full takeover.
Rahul Sood doesn't hold a grudge against HP. As a matter of fact, he "really loves HP," as he confessed in a recent blog post, and is hoping that when HP's finished reinventing itself, the OEM "comes back stronger and better than ever." Those are kind words for a company that ultimately drove Sood's Voodoo PC brand into the ground, but after witnessing HP do the same with Palm/webOS and try to duck out of the PC business altogether, one can't help but make some harsh observations.
Hewlett Packard created more waves than a tsunami yesterday when the OEM confirmed rumors that it plans to dump its PC business, yet still managed to surprise industry analysts by announcing the end of operations for webOS devices, and specifically the slow selling TouchPad and webOS phones. Now that the the dust has settled, it's time to look at why HP thinks reinventing itself is a good idea.
Whichever company ends up buying Hewlett Packard's PC division will end up owning a business that accounts for the second most mobile PC market share, and possibly the No. 1 spot when combined with its own. Until that happens, Apple is the top mobile iDog with more than 13.5 million mobile PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011, which is a 136 percent year-over-year increase and enough to propel the Cupertino outfit past HP to lead all others, according to the latest data from DisplaySearch.
The rumor mill spun a wild one back in March of this year when reports surfaced that Hewlett Packard was considering selling off its PC business. Quoting a Commercial Times report, news and rumor site DigiTimes said HP was shopping around its PC division to the likes of Lenovo, Foxconn, and Samsung. On hindsight, it wasn't such a wild rumor after all, and before the day is done, HP might be totally invested in software.
Hewlett Packard's targeting display hunters short on real estate with a couple of new HP Compaq branded monitors, the LA2206xc and LE2002x. The 21.5-inch LA2206xc is a thin form factor monitor with LED backlight and built-in 720p HD webcam that, along with HP's MyRoom software, is supposed to make videoconferencing a snap. Also an LED monitor, HP says the 20-inch LE2002x sports a small footprint with a slim profile.
Hewlett Packard this week unveiled its "most compact color multifunction printer" yet, the 'HP LaserJet Pro 100 color MFP M175nw.' It's the smallest laser printer in HP's stable and is aimed at small to midsize businesses (SMBs), the company said in a statement. One of the printer's nifty tricks is the ability to print emails, photos, and other documents from a smartphone, notebook, or other mobile device using HP's ePrint feature.
Oracle chose not to mince words when responding to Hewlett Packard's lawsuit over the company's decision to stop developing software for Intel's Itanium platform. As far as Oracle is concerned, HP's suit is nothing more than a "publicity stunt" and is part of a "broader campaign to lay the blame on Oracle for the disruption that will occur when HP's Itanium-based server business inevitably comes to an end," Oracle said in a court filing. Oh snap!
Hewlett Packard recently expanded a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program for select HP and Compaq brand notebook batteries. Some 162,600 additional laptop batteries are affected, joining 54,000 that were already recalled back in May 2010.