HP confirms webOS tablets and netbooks


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Hewlett-Packard announced the successful completion of its Palm acquisition and confirmed plans to build netbooks and tablets powered by Palm’s webOS mobile operating system.
According to the official statement released Thursday, HP purchased Palm common stock in cash for $5.70 per share. Palm’s former chairman and CEO Jon Rubinstein will lead the Palm global business unit at HP and report to Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP’s personal systems group.
The Palm team will continue developing webOS software and hardware under HP’s wing, including Pre and Pixi smartphones. Furthermore, the statement specifically mentioned the computer maker’s intention to build netbooks and tablets powered by webOS:
Palm will be responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products, from a robust smartphone roadmap to future slate PCs and netbooks.
Some watchers speculated that webOS might go beyond smarphones, tablets, and netbooks and find its way to HP’s printers and other connected devices where a consistent and unified user interface makes sense.