It appears as if Hewlett-Packard is preparing to enter the mobile space and is looking to bring Android along for the ride. It’s at once an interesting and quite belated response to the idea that we are no longer wondering when the year of mobile will happen. That moment came and went quite some time ago.
ReadWrite Mobile reports
Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now taking drastic measures — by adopting Google’s Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices.
It’s a bit of a Hail Mary pass for HP, which has fallen years behind its rivals in the mobile space. It’s also a big win for Google, which adds another powerful partner to the Android ecosystem.
One thing I might offer is that this only becomes a ‘big win for Google’ if HP pulls off a miracle and gets some real traction with the tablets that will supposedly lead this charge.
What this does do is give some insight as to how well Windows is doing in the mobile space. Considering HP’s strength is the rapidly declining desktop space that is dominated by Windows you might guess that a partnership there makes as much, if not more, sense. Not to say it won’t happen but can they have it both ways? Regardless, right now it is more of a sting for Microsoft than anything else.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports
The world’s biggest PC maker, HP, is ready to abandon Microsoft’s Windows for its mobile computing efforts, Taylor Wimberly at ReadWrite reports.
Wimberly says HP has been working on a high-end Android-based tablet since before last Thanksgiving.
The timing is important. Microsoft’s tablet-friendly operating system Windows 8 came out at the end of October, and has been available for testing for over a year. HP must have thoroughly evaluated Windows 8 and Android and decided Windows 8 wasn’t good enough.
There is room for growth in mobile and it makes sense that HP wants to get involved but why so late?