Yesterday brought a few quotes from HP’s CEO Mark Hurd that sent the webOS community into a state of panic and concern over HP’s commitment to smartphones. The killer quote, “We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business“, made headlines throughout the blogosphere. Today we get clarification in the form of an official statement (via Engadget) from HP that should have webOS enthusiasts feeling a bit more enthusiastic about the future of webOS as it relates to smartphones.
When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP’s small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS’s footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones.