HP webOS tablet will come next year
It’s tablet rumor time again.
HP has made it pretty clear, since their acquisition of Palm, that the main focus for webOS won’t be in smartphones, but tablets. Therefore, the whole world is eagerly awaiting the day the first HP webOS-powered tablet hits the streets.
And word got out today that it may be a bit farther away than many have anticipated, as previous rumors indicated a fall release date.
Apparently, HP’s Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley told employees that the tablet project is known internally as “Hurricane” (an attempt of a pun on Dell, by the looks of it). The shipping brand name for this product may or may not be PalmPad, the trademark HP has filed for not long ago.
Several sources point to a release of the HP webOS tablet in the first quarter of 2011. This will probably coincide with many of the Android 3.0-based devices, since Google appear to be taking their time with the development of the next version of their mobile OS.
A launch in Q4 of this year may have gone very, very well for HP with the holiday shopping season and all that, but Q1 next year isn’t that much later anyway. The new tablet will almost certainly run webOS 2.0, that HP is hard at work developing, and which is supposed to be finalized “later this year”.