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.

via MobileCrunch

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6 replies on “HP confirms plans to build WebOS tablets… and other devices”

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  3. This is why I think Microsoft’s strategy with Windows 7 Starter edition is a terrible idea.

    With manufacturers experimenting with Android, WebOS, and the MacOS’s in all sorts of new slates, printers, and netbooks- this seems like a bad time for Microsoft to cripple an OS and try to fleece people for the upgrade.

    Microsoft is just going to have to get used to the idea of making less money for it’s OS when it is driving products at the lowest price points.

    PS- I HATE HATE HATE Windows 7 Starter

  4. The version 2.0 is so bad. Do not upgrade you will regret it. Many features remove. It is now brain dead with just a big backup button.

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