Hewlett Packard is working on a variety of tablet PCs, running a variety of operating systems. Among them, an Android slate has been delayed and won’t ship in the fourth quarter of 2010 as planned. Why? That’s not entirely clear, perhaps, HP has decided to focus its resources on the future webOS slate PC that its new Palm unit is developing. Or perhaps the company is reconsidering its multi-OS tablet strategy in light of the Palm acquisition.
After all, HP has said repeatedly it’s “doubling down” on webOS. “We’re going to increase [R & D spending on webOS],” HP’s Jim Burns said. “And we’re going to increase sales and marketing as well. We’re going to take this platform, which today exists for smartphones only, and make it much broader than that.”