There’s been some big changes at HP lately, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. And by that, I mean we’re still getting webOS tablet rumors from HP. According to tech blog Engadget, HP VP Todd Bradley mentioned during an all-hands HP meeting that the “HP Hurricane”, a webOS tablet, is coming in Q1 2011…..
We’ve been trying to find out when HP would launch a webOS tablet since the company first bought Palm, and we’re now hearing from several trusted sources that it’ll be calendar Q1 2011.
We’re told Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley mentioned the date during an all-hands employee meeting yesterday, and that the project is indeed known internally as “Hurricane.”
Obviously, a webOS tablet from HP has been rumored since HP bought Palm a few months back. Since then, it’s been one of the oft-repeated rumors/speculation of the tech blog circuit, right up there in volume with the CDMA iPhone and Wii 2.
We’re assuming this is what that PalmPad trademark filing was for, but we can’t confirm that.
Shipping a killer tablet would be one way to change the subject from ex-CEO Mark Hurd’s recent troubles, we suppose but we’re definitely wondering if HP is actually going to support three different tablet operating systems after it launches the Windows 7-based Slate for the enterprise and the Android-based Zeen e-reader tablet for consumers as well.
There seems to be a lot of anticipation for a webOS tablet. Despite the spattering of Android tablets, a lot of folks seem to think that a webOS-powered tablet from HP could be an honest competitor to the iPad.