HP no longer a Windows Phone 7 launch partner? Palm’s webOS might be to blame
Earlier this year, when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, it also unveiled a list of hardware partners, which included HP, LG, Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Dell, Toshiba and Garmin-Asus.
Fast forward to now, when Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2010) is underway in Washington.
Yesterday, Steve Ballmer held a speech there, flavored with some PowerPoint slides. One of the slides showed both Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 partners – and, as seen in the image below, HP was missing from the latter category.
Unless this is a mistake (I doubt it), HP has ditched plans to launch WP7 devices. Why would it do that? Well, because it probably wants to concentrate its mobile efforts on Palm (recently acquired for $1.2 billion) and its platform.
It’s no secret that Palm’s currently working on new smartphones and a new version of webOS, and HP has probably decided it can’t (or doesn’t want to) split its resources between webOS and WP7.
HP aside, Microsoft has reportedly confirmed that HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell would all launch Windows Phone 7 handsets “this fall” (Dell Lightning, anyone?). The remaining hardware partners (SE, Toshiba and Garmin-Asus) will likely have WP7 products starting early next year.