As promised, HP will be unveiling new webOS phones soon. In fact, there is a chance we’ll be able to see some of them at CES given the time frame we’re supposed to be seeing the new smartphones – early 2011. Senior Vice President Eric Cador says, “You will see us coming early next year with new phones.” Good news for Palm and webOS fans who have been waiting eagerly for some new goodies.
According to Yahoo! News:
“More importantly we acquired webOS,” Cador told the conference in Barcelona, adding Palm’s intellectual property was “extremely fundamental” in the deal.
Indeed, HP’s acquisition of Palm, and the resulting acquisition of webOS, is pretty big given the platform’s promise and usability. Although I’m curious to see what the final outcome will be now that Peter Skillman has left for MeeGo development over at Nokia.
In some ways, this is a defining moment for HP, whose lack of serious presence in the mobile or wireless space is a hindrance on the company. The iPaq line never really took off, and its competitors in the PC space are beginning to venture into mobile territory, too.
One thing I’m hoping for is that the new webOS hardware be significantly better than the Pre or Pixi. I’ll grant that the designs were sleek, but the hardware – especially on the Pre and Pre Plus – seemed a little flimsy for my taste. And I’ll stil never understand the reasoning behind those keyboards.
Here’s to hoping HP makes something magical out of webOS.