You didn’t really need to be a fortune teller to figure out that when HP announced plans to purchase Palm a few weeks ago, the company wasn’t just planning to build smartphones. Now HP CEO Mark Hurd has come right out and said it: HP plans to use Palm WebOS on devices “beyond smart phones” including “form factors such as slates and web-connected printers.”
That’s right, the mobile operating system designed to power phones like the Palm Pre could be used in your next HP printer.
I guess the idea is that you’ll be able to print content from the web without first connecting a computer or mobile device. After all, WebOS is designed to interact with web apps — why not use it to print photos from Facebook or messages from your email account? I could also see HP developing a way to hit a print button on your WebOS smartphone and send a command to your printer. After all, that’s kind of what Google is trying to do.