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HP didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business? Updated

HP CEO Mark Hurd shared in a recent interview that HP didn’t buy Palm because of their smartphone business, but for the webOS. Does that mean it’s the end of Palm cellphones as we know them?


Now that we know HP wanted Palm solely because of its intelectual property, the future of any probable HPalm smartphones seems shaky at best.
Anyway, despite the uncertainty of HP’s smartphone business, one thing is clear – the webOS will continue its development to conquer some new grounds (and types of devices).

You may read the full interview with Mark Hurd over at ZDNet.

Update: HP came up with an official statement disproving the rumors about quiting the smartphone business. In fact the company wants to improve its position there and plans to use webOS to do it. Here is the full statement:

When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP’s small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS’s footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones.

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