Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, now at HP, following HP’s acquisition of Palm, mentioned in an interview with Fortune that WebOS 2.0 is on track for “later this year”.
If I were a betting man, I’d say Q4 is the magic time of the year when we’ll actually see its release.
Rubinstein also said that they’re “aggressively” developing new hardware, that will presumably run the new version of WebOS.
What hardware, we can only speculate on. But clearly the main focus of WebOS under HP will be as a tablet OS, what with them indefinitely delaying their Android tablet and all.
There may also be a smartphone in the making, but don’t hold your breath. HP’s CEO did state that they haven’t bought Palm to be in the smartphone business. And sure, he might have retracted that afterwards, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that there was at least some truth in his initial statement.
Anyway, as I keep saying, the fourth quarter of this year (and especially December) looks like a very busy time indeed for electronics manufacturers. Expect many Android tablets and perhaps that elusive new and exciting WebOS-powered hardware to enter your life.
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