Looks like a new competitor in the smartphone market is about to emerge soon enough; and, it’s not a new name – indeed, you guessed it right; it’s Hewlett Packard.
HP had recently proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, which is most likely to be materialistic in a matter of couple of months. HP has tried its luck in the smartphone arena with its iPaq devices, but what their really lack is a credible operating system (OS). And, the Palm acquisition will be a brilliant move to gain credibility in the mobile operating system mark on-the-fly.
Off-late, Palm had indicated that there could be further dip in their sales, but HP is ready to take up the challenge of boosting up the sales with extra investment on research and development, and coming up with a brand-new family of WebOS based devices right from tablets, smartphones, netbooks down to slate devices.
And, when it comes down to tablets, it doesn’t get any better than HP; a company who has been renowned to make use of cloud-based services in an impeccable manner. This may turn out to be another new avenue of income for HP, and the company may become a new threat to the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Apple, who currently dominate the Mobile OS and WebOS market.
Microsoft Vs HP?
But, there could be more drama as HP has already signed up as one of the major partners for the new Windows Phone 7 to be released by MS sometime later. And, with Palm acquisition, HP may turn out to be a close competitor to Microsoft; so, it’s going to be really interesting to see HP’s stand on this partnership.
More so, nobody had ever shown such interest in WebOS development like HP, and it makes you wonder whether HP will put all the Palm’s engineers to work on software, and take care of the hardware design all by itself.
Microsoft has smartly turned down any possibility of cancellation of the partnership with HP stating that the Mobile is a dynamic market, wherein changes take place at lighting fast speeds, and HP has been a crucial strategic partner, and the company will continue to do so.
Will HP Be Able To Pull Off Something Magical?
Considering HP’s capabilities, it has been a fierce competitor in the market of IT services, servers, PCs, and they also have fair bit of experience in the mobile market; so, it makes perfect sense to predict that they will be able to take over the mobile market with WebOS, especially with the power of a well-acclaimed OS like Palm that is extremely popular in the market.
On the other hand, Google shouldn’t be too worried about this acquisition at the moment, because the Android Os has already grabbed a good chunk of marketshare, and it it far well established mobile OS in comparison to the WebOS.
It is really hard to make any predictions at this point of time; but, one thing is for sure that there will be lot of drama coming your way in the later half of 2010 as HP acquires Palm.