Now that HP's purchase of Palm has earned them a smartphone OS of their very own, how do they plan to offer up products running competing operating systems like Android or Windows Phone 7 without dampening their efforts?
Easy answer: They don't.
In an interview with CNBC's Tech Check, HP's Executive VP Todd Bradley put it in no uncertain terms: they won't be building Windows Phone 7 handsets. They won't be building Android handsets. From here on out, it's all webOS, all the time.
This isn't too big of a blow to Microsoft, given that HP's Windows-driven smartphone efforts began tapering off years ago - but given that HP is Microsoft's biggest customer, the folks in Redmond can't be too happy knowing they're being written off entirely. With ASUS, Dell, LG, and Samsung all confirmed WP7 partners, however, Microsoft isn't exactly standing alone.
We will not do an Android/Linux phone. We will not do a Microsoft phone. Our phones will be focused on..
So no Windows Phone 7 for HP?
No, we'll continue to deliver the webOS based phones that are in the market today. I think Jon and his team have driven a strong roadmap for the future.
So does that mean you're going webOS only for smartphones?
For smartphones, it does.
The juicy bit starts at right around the 5:20 mark in the video below.