HP Exec Hints WebOS Tablet Coming Feb. 9
Hewlett-Packard will hold a press event on February 9, but has given little indication of what it will be about. Fortunately, an HP executive has hinted that it will be about the long awaited webOS tablet.
HP executive vice president Todd Bradley implied that the company would be revealing a webOS competitor to the iPad during an interview with CNBC today.
Obviously, Bradley danced around the subject a bit, despite the direct questions from the interviewer.
"The tablet is one piece of that [electronics] ecosystem," Bradley said, saying that the upcoming press event was "broadly about the future of webOS."
Sure, that's encouraging for those who want a webOS tablet announcement, but it's still a little too vague to rely on as a promise for February 9.
Good thing, then, that Bradley later said something far more reliable.
When asked how HP would differentiate its future tablet from the iPad , Bradley replied, "You and I will talk about that on the 9th."
Now that's the kind of tease we've been waiting for.
HP has promised it would make a webOS tablet ever since it bought Palm, the original company that designed the mobile operating system. So far, there have been new Pre phones with webOS , a new version (webOS 2.0 ) and even an HP tablet running Windows 7 , but still nothing about tablets running webOS.
Many consumers wish for a webOS tablet simply because the operating system can easily translate to a larger screen. It has multitouch capabilities, more traditional multitasking features and a slick "card" system for managing apps and widgets.