When HP snatched up Palm, most of us assumed that the buy-up was intended as a “fuckyou” gesture at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. This was only too logical if you look at the recent history of HP’s iPaq line.

ZDNet now quotes HP’s CEO as following:

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.

Folks – I have to admit that I am not yet sure what to make of this. webOS is intended for smartphones, and I struggle to see much value in a “Palm Printer”.

Ideas, anyone?

P.S. Talking back is free and anonymous. So, HP heads – why not hit the comments form below?

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2 Responses to “HP: we didn’t buy Palm to make smartphones”

  1. I don’t know what to make of that comment either. I can’t see HP not making WebOS phones. I’m thinking he was just that they didn’t buy Palm to just get into the phone business, and that they have other things they want to use WebOS for as well as phones? I think like a lot CEO’s he just didn’t word himself clearly. I’ve worked with a few CEO’s and they tend to say something and hope you get the full idea of what they mean. Its kind of their short hand to there employees.

    At least I hope I’m right. I think it would be a waste for HP to not make a really nice WebOS phone.

  2. Hi,
    the guys actually already retracted – will post an update in a jiffy!

    With best regards
    Tam Hanna

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