HP unveiled its first webOS tablet today, expanding the operating system beyond the smartphone. But the HP TouchPad is just the start. The company also plans to use webOS on printers and other internet-connected devices in the future. And now HP says it even plans to bring webOS to the PC.
It’s not entirely clear at the moment if we’re talking about desktop and laptop computers running webOS as their only operating system. It’s possible that HP simply plans to bring features from webOS to its Windows computers. But during the launch event for the HP TouchPad and the company’s new phones this afternoon, HP spent a fair amount of time talking about the seamless experience it wants to provide between different devices. Using the same operating system on each device would certainly be one way to do that.
For instance, HP showed off a feature that will let users open a web site on a webOS smartphone, tap the phone against a TouchPad tablet and automatically transfer the web site from one device to the other. That would certainly be a nice feature to have on a laptop as well.
Update: As I suspected, it looks like webOS won’t be shipping as a Windows replacement on PCs. Instead, Business Insider reports it will run on top of Windows, providing an HP customized user interface that runs on Windows. I suspect this will let users run webOS apps on PCs, and hopefully it means you’ll be able to get use your PC together with other webOS devices (such as tablets or phones) to do things like transfer web sites from one device to another or access all of your personal webOS data simply by logging in on any device.