HP confirmed recently that it will not be making a smartphone that runs Windows Phone 7. The company also confirmed the same for Android based phones. Instead, the company will be focusing on webOS and pushing out that platform that they feel has a lot to offer.
The information comes from an interview on CNBC…
‘As we continue to be Microsoft’s largest customer, and as we continue to believe that we will drive innovation with Microsoft, at the same time, I think it’s clear to say that we’re very focused on the customer and giving the customer the experience that’s important to them. We will not do a Linux (Linux)/Android (Android) phone. We won’t do a Microsoft phone.
It isn’t clear how quick we will start seeing webOS based devices and what kind of strategy HP will use. Perhaps they will make several phones in various categories with webOS, or maybe they will take the Apple [AAPL] approach and release one webOS phone per year.
Either way, HP paid a lot for Palm, so they’ll want to do all they can to push the webOS system.
Update: It’s interesting to note that HP also wasn’t listed as a Windows Phone 7 hardware manufacturer by Microsoft [MSFT] yesterday.