Troubling news today out of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference. HP’s CEO Mark Hurd spoke at the event and his comments don’t bode well for webOS as a smartphone platform.
HP CEO Mark Hurd
“We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well.”
Turd also reportedly said indicated that HP is not going to “spend billions of dollars trying to get into the smartphone business; that doesn’t in any way make sense.”
What’s this all mean? Well, approval of the sale is not complete, but this likely wouldn’t be a deal breaker. These remarks certainly won’t help sales of existing devices or developer interest, which has us wondering why? The comments strike this author as if odd if HP has any interest in getting back in the fight. If we hear word from Palm or HP that provides some clarification, we’ll be sure to pass it along.