The rumor was reinforced in an CNBC interview with HP personal systems chief Tom Bradley. Bradley responded to a question about an HP-webOS tablet saying, “We believe that the tablet is one piece of that ecosystem, one piece of the connected experience that we are going to create.”
webOS master-brain Jon Rubinstein mentioned netbooks as viable hardware for the OS last year, but it is a sign that the company is betting big on the platform.Manufacturers like Asus are already adding mobile operating systems to clamshell designs. The Asus Eee Pad Slider and the Eee Pad Transformer are two netbook-sized devices with Android software and QWERTY keyboards. It makes sense for HP to offer webOS in as many form factors as possible, especially if the company’s plan is to focus on connectivity across devices. Printers are also likely in the mix.
HP-Palm didn’t have a presence during CES 2011 earlier this month, so it’s largely expected that the two will announce new webOS gadgets during a February 9 press event in San Francisco. We’ll just have to wait to see how many.
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