Hewlett-Packard Co. is reportedly preparing to launch a series of tablets based on Google Inc.’s Android operating system.
The development, reported by tech blog site ReadWrite, would be a major course change for HP. The firm scrapped its TouchPad tablet in August 2011, 48 days after its high-profile launch, despite positive reviews.
TouchPad ran ran the webOS operating system HP acquired when it bought Palm. At the time it discontinued the TouchPad, HP announced that it would continue to develop webOS as an open-source platform and would continue to use the OS in tablets.
Since then, though, a number of compelling new Android tablets have hit stores and proven to be popular. For the first time, Android tablets are collectively threatening Apple’s stronghold on the tablet market. The report, if accurate, could signal that HP has concluded it can’t compete with Android tablets with products based on webOS.
Many developers had at one time clamored for webOS tablets. But, by now, developers as a group are getting pretty comfortable with Android.
According to the ReadWrite report, the first HP Android tablet will be a high-end tablet featuring Nvidia Corp.’s Tegra 4 applications processor. The report, which cites anonymous sources, indicates that this first Android tablet could be announced soon. The report also indicates that it could be one of the first tablets on the market to feature Tegra 4.