For some, the pairing of Hewlett Packard and tablets will always bring to mind the late HP TouchPad. The poor chap was barely two months old before HP pulled the plug on webOS. Sob.
Anyway, where were we? Ahh yes; HP is about to launch a new division focusing on consumer tablets, and they’ve drafted in a rather interesting chap to take charge.
The news comes by way of a leaked internal memo, penned by HP's Todd Bradley and intercepted by The Verge.
Todd explains: “Our new Mobility Global Business Unit initially will focus on consumer tablets and will expand to additional segments and categories where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers.”
Leading the team is Alberto Torres, whose most recent role was overseeing MeeGo as Executive Vice President at Nokia. Alberto will join the team on September 3.
There’s no mention of any particular operating systems, though HP is expected to churn out Intel-based Windows 8 tablets, and we imagine there’ll be some sort of webOS offering too.
I expect we'll learn more in early September. In the meantime, why not check out The HP TouchPad story; it’s a fan-tastic read.