When Hewlett Packard acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in April 2010, the company seemed like they going to stay dedicated in building hardware using webOS. HP did try to sell a couple devices based on webOS like the HP TouchPad, HP Veer, and HP Pre 3. Those devices did not do well, so webOS was made open source. Now there are reports that HP is building smartphones and tablets that are based on the Google Android operating system.
HP is rumored to be building a new tablet with Android and an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. The company is also considering an Android-based smartphone for future development. When Meg Whitman became CEO of HP, she said that the company would eventually offer a smartphone to keep up with the industry. She also indicated that an HP smartphone would not be coming in 2013.
If this is the case, HP will be joining a pool of many companies already offering Android-based tablets. The million dollar question is what will make HP’s Android-based tablets distinguished from those that are offered by Samsung, LG, Asus, Amazon, Sony, Toshiba, Huawei, Motorola, and Acer.