Meg Whitman took the reigns at HP just after the company announced the demise of webOS. Since then, HP’s been without any new smartphone offerings, but that may be only a temporary situation. In a recent interview, Whitman made it clear that HP is still very much interested in smartphones, and fully intends to re-enter the market.
What’s not clear is just what HP intends to do. Whitman talks about the company taking its time, making sure it gets things right rather than just rushes forward to market; that could mean we’re still quite a way’s off from seeing the release of any new hardware. For the moment, at least, we don’t even know what platform HP might have in mind.
As far as why it’s essential for HP to get back in the smartphone game, Whitman points out that for a growing number of users around the world, especially those who can’t afford full-fledged laptops or tablets, smartphones are going to be their primary computing devices, and HP wants a piece of that market.