It has been years since HP and Microsoft have been partners and now it looks like HP is looking at Android for its new mobile devices. With one of its biggest partners looking to other operating systems in mobile, it could come about as a lethal blow for Microsoft.
HP CEO Meg Whitman may be directing HP to get back into the tablet game, and the first example can very well be an Android device. Offering an Android tablet makes sense, but HP would be better off competing at the low end of the market.
HP is not new to the world of Android. It has recently released its own Chromebook. It plans to hold private meetings at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month and may schedule showings of the Android tablet there.
HP is reportedly working on a series of Android devices, the first of which could be a high-end tablet powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor. The move is very critical for HP as the last time when they did a similar sort of thing by purchasing Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010, it proved to be a total waste of money and infrastructure.
It totally makes sense why HP is trying to focus on Android. Android has a much more mature app ecosystem than webOS or Windows Mobile at the moment. Samsung is the current leader of the Android mobile devices and there are predators like Lenovo, ASUS and Acer in the jungle too.
An Android tablet might help revive HP’s flagging fortunes. The company already offers a Windows 8 tablet in addition to the Chromebook. HP is expected to announce its Android tablet soon. According to various sources, HP has been working for this release for many weeks now.