In a very interesting interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, new HP CEO and former Ebay CEO, Meg Whitman basically wrote off 2012 and says she plans on making HP’s triumphant return in 2013. In order to do that though Whitman knows the work needs to start now.
One thing that Whitman conceded to in the interview is the fact that if iPads or tablets in general, fall into the PC category that Apple will trump HP as the largest manufacturer of PCs in the world, a title HP has held onto for years. To that end Whitman also knows something has to be done with HP in the tablet space. It seems that Whitman may be in agreement with journalists and analysts in that HP’s time in the tablet space was cut drastically short by a hemorrhaging CEO in his final days.
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In one of his final parting moves former HP CEO Leo Apotheker stopped the production of the HP Touchpad and shut down the WebOS division, a move that has left 600 employees in limbo. In the same interview Whitman said she would make a decision on the fate of the WebOS team in the next two weeks.
Whitman has options for mobile OS. She could reinstate webOS. She could move to Windows phone 7 and Windows 8 or she could switch to Android. Whitman suggested Android herself. Many journalists have pointed out that HP already makes printers that run on Android so they do have in house development teams that could bring Android to tablets and even phones.
Also in Android’s favor is the fact that Touchpads surfaced during the first wave that actually had Android installed so it has been tested in HP’s preproduction stages.