HP has always maintained that it bought Palm for its intellectual property and not because it wanted to be in the smartphone business. Talking of IP, WebOS is arguably Palm's most valuable asset. The PC maker sees WebOS being used extensively across its portfolio of small form factor devices. A tablet running WebOS is also in the pipeline.
The company has already stated that there will be no conflict between its Windows and WebOS tablets as the former will be confined to the enterprise market. On the other hand, the WebOS-based tablet will vie with tablets like the iPad for a piece of the consumer tablet market.
Everyone's been expecting a webOS tablet to come out of the HP purchase of Palm. Now there are some whispers from HP employees that a webOS tablet is coming by Q1 of 2011. Apparently, HP's VP of Personal Systems, Todd Bradley let it slip in an employee meeting just yesterday. Bradley also confirmed that the project is internally known as "Hurricane," which jibes with some earlier rumors.
Palm filed for a trademark on "PalmPad" not long ago, so it appears the pieces are falling into place. Little has been heard from Palm since the acquisition, and Palm execs are jumping ship at an astounding rate. We worry about what this means for the vision Palm had 18 months ago when we first saw the Pre. It's also a concern that the product is targeted for Q1 2011. If that slips even a little, people may have moved on and forgotten about webOS. Do you think a webOS slate can make a splash that late in the game?