SAN FRANCISCO—Jon Rubinstein, the former chairman and CEO of Palm Inc., urged applications developers to be patient as Palm—now a unit of Hewlett-Packard Co.—prepares to roll out several smartphones and a tablet computer running its webOS mobile operating system over the next 12 to 18 months.
Rubenstein, now an executive at HP and leader of the Palm unit, told an audience at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco Tuesday (Nov. 16) that Palm would soon be back on track offering new products that run webOS after being slowed down for a time by the HP acquisition, which closed in July.
"When we first delivered the Pre [in June of 2009], we were ahead of everyone at the time," Rubenstein said. "When you go through an acquisition, you kind of get the wind knocked out of your sales a little bit. But everyone is back to work now."
Rubinstein said developing for webOS tends to be relatively straightforward because the operating system is based on the same standards as the web. HP released version 2.0 of webOS last month, including changes said to promote better multi-tasking and other improvements.
HP's Jon Rubenstein speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit Tuesday.
"We've got some great stuff coming," Rubinstein said. "If you are a webOS aficionado out there, be patient. The pool of webOS devices is going to grow very dramatically over the next 12 to 18 months."
The Web 2.0 Summit is scheduled to run through Wednesday. Live streaming of the event is available through the event's website. The event is co-sponsored by UBM TechWeb, a division of United Business Media, the parent company of EE Times.