HP’s Mobility Global Business Unit to focus on consumer tablets

HP’s Mobility Global Business Unit to focus on consumer tabletsFor 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.

Read more about: HP TouchPadWebOSWindows 8

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7 comments

Pondlife  Aug. 19, 2012 at 12:27

Why would they reintroduce webos tablets? So they can have another firesale? You think they've not thrown enough money away?

Has Alberto Torres overseen anything comercially successful? Also worked on Nokia's notebooks apparently...

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 19, 2012 at 13:25

webOS shouldn't die, but yeah - I can't see them selling for anything but breadcrumbs.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 19, 2012 at 13:26

also, I read "Glubal Business unfit". Freudian?

jaybear88  Aug. 19, 2012 at 14:17

Just whipped my old touchpad out of the drawer a couple of days ago actually, I can't believe how good webOS really is! If you spend a couple of hours with it, it's faster, smoother and feels much more natural than Android or iOS. Makes me sad to know there's no chance of it making a comeback :(

Pondlife  Aug. 19, 2012 at 14:22

And yet you had it in a drawer, hardly a huge recommendation..

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 19, 2012 at 14:57

Just whipped my old touchpad out of the drawer a couple of days ago actually, I can't believe how good webOS really is! If you spend a couple of hours with it, it's faster, smoother and feels much more natural than Android or iOS. Makes me sad to know there's no chance of it making a comeback :(

True. I really really enjoyed the Pre 3. I'm actually, right now, looking at one to replace my damaged one.

dasher  Aug. 20, 2012 at 10:31

Would love WebOS to be revived but HP have definitely sent it to its grave that even the upcoming Open WebOS will not be supported on it.
Shove Android ICS on it (Cyanogenmod) and it has a new lease of life!! Have not booted into WebOS for about 6-8 months.
All working well bar the camera.

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