September 29, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
So much for that HP Android tablet we’ve been waiting on for several months. Finally confirming what people have suspected since HP acquired Palm and it’s battered but solid software, HP has deciding to focus on its own operating system and cast Android aside.
Speaking with the Financial Times, Palm CEO-turned-HP-executive Jon Rubinstein said that “HP voted with its pocketbook. It’s all about focus,” when discussing the possibility of HP releasing an Android tablet or phone. That focus has been shifted entirely onto webOS devices rather than the Android-based products it was developing.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone in light of HP’s promise to “double down on webOS.” There was still some hope that the company would release something based on Android since it impressed with a custom Android-flavored netbook. That product would go on to be released under HP’s Compaq brand, but it seems that may be the end of the line as far as Android products from the company. That and the peculiar printer/MID shown off last week.