Though the company was at one point in development of Android products, it has now shifted completely to webOS.
Jon Rubinestein, the former CEO of Palm, which HP HPQ picked up for $1.2 billion earlier this year, dispelled any myths of multiple portable operating systems happening at HP to the Financial Times today. Specifically, he said there wouldn’t be any Windows Mobile and HP killed off its Android efforts:
HP is on track to deliver a tablet computer running webOS early next year, as well as a Windows-based tablet that will ship sooner, he said. It has abandoned a project to launch a smartphone based on Google’s Android open source operating system and there will be no tablet based on the system, Mr Rubinstein said.
He also let slip the name PalmPad for HP’s line of webOS tablets.
We’ll have a webOS-powered PalmPad that will be set for release early in 2011.
HP will also be competing with Google GOOG and Apple AAPL for Music sales according to the FT:
One early cloud service to be aimed at consumers will be a system for streaming music to multiple devices. “As we roll out PCs to folks, we can give them opportunities to store and upload music to the cloud,” Mr McArthur said.
The music will be streamed to HP’s smartphones, which will also store the most listened-to songs on the gadget for faster playback.
Something tells me that this doesn’t keep Steve Jobs up at night.