Last month, HP’s Meg Whitman got to talking about smartphones, and revealed that even after giving up on webOS and its line of Pre smartphones, the company still had its eyes on the smartphone market, making it clear that HP was interested in getting back into the game at some point down the road. Since then, we’ve talked a little about how HP might be thinking about tackling that venture, and what would be its best bet so far as a new smartphone platform. How long will we have to wait before we find out if we were right or not? We knew it would be awhile, but it’s only now becoming clear just how long the wait might be.
Whitman has now clarified that HP has no expectations that it could have a smartphone ready to go anytime next year. Don’t think that means that 2014 is a sure thing either, as Whitman’s been talking about where HP needs to be in five years’ time, saying that it needs to have a smartphone out by then or risk missing out on some serious sales. So, sometime between 2014 and 2017 for the next HP smartphone? We won’t be holding our breath.