HP Plans To Reenter Tablet Market With Windows 8-Based Device
HP attracted a considerable amount of attention when it initially wanted to find its niche in the tablet market with webOS, which was acquired along with Palm in 2010. HP
Later HP successfully sold off its stock of TouchPads at $99 sale prices and announced that it webOS would become an open source project.
Now the Bangkok Post reports that HP plans to enter the tablet market again, taking advantage of the future Windows 8 in an attempt to find its place in the fast-growing market segment.
Yesterday Chief executive Meg Whitman said at the Global Influencer Summit 2012:
“Restarting production is a strategic move aimed at capitalizing on the extraordinary growth in tablet sales.”
According to the HP’s vice-president Todd Bradley, HP’s Windows 8 tablets will support cloud-based technology, allowing users to store and share content online across various devices.
Apple continues to lead the tablet market after it released the original iPad two years ago, and its shipment share even rose to 68% in Q1 2012 as initial popularity of Amazon’s Kindle Fire appears to have waned.
Google’s Android had only partial success in the tablet business, led by Galaxy Tab offerings from Samsung. Other competitors have achieved less success in the market, with webOS dropped out of the race right after it got started.
Microsoft became the latest entrant into this market segment, counting on its Windows 8 to blur the lines between tablets and PCs. In September of last year the company
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