After having made its $1.2 billion Palm acquisition official on July 1, Hewlett-Packard (HP) disclosed in a recent statement that it intends to continue the development of Palm's webOS platform for mobile devices - smartphones and printers - as well as for its forthcoming tablets and netbooks.
Though HP had earlier announced that it plans to use webOS for its printers, the company's recent announcement of extending the software - which was specifically developed for smartphones - to tablets and netbooks has come as a surprise to most industry observers.
It will, in fact, take HP some time to modify the webOS to suit the requirements of personal computers - more so because, as of now, the operating system basically works only on ARM processors which power smartphones. And, since tablets and netbooks use x86 chips, the OS will need to be redesigned.
Nonetheless, Todd Bradley, Executive VP of HP's personal systems group, reiterated that HP is committed towards bringing "a unique and compelling experience across smartphones and other mobility products" to its customers. Bradley added that the Palm takeover allows HP to "fully engage in growing its smartphone family offering and the footprint of webOS."
Jon Rubinstein, Palm's ex-chairman and CEO who will now work at HP, also expressed the confidence that HP's backing and its financial strength and global scale of operation "will accelerate the development of the incredible webOS platform with new resources, scale and support from a world-respected brand."