Rubinstein: HP Chose Palm’s webOS Over Android

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HP chose Palm’s webOS over Android when looking for an OS for future devices, according to former Palm CEO and current HP gadget wrangler Jon Rubinstein. Mr. Rubinstein told The Financial Times of London that his new company is on track for delivering a webOS tablet in early 2011, and that the company abandoned plans to release an Android-based smartphone.

HP acquired Palm earlier in 2010 for US$1.2 billion, including webOS, the operating system developed by Palm for smartphones. “HP voted with its pocketbook,” Mr Rubinstein said. “It’s all about focus.”

HP still intends to release a Windows based tablet, in addition to its webOS tablet, but the company has no plans to release an Android phone or tablet, or a Windows 7 Mobile device.

Before his stint at Palm, Mr. Rubinstein was a vice president at Apple in charge of that company’s iPod product line. He left Apple to join Palm, where he was Chairman and CEO of the company. Palm garnered headlines for its webOS smartphones, but the devices never took off in the marketplace, and Mr. Rubinstein instead looked for a buyer and found HP.

HP is not, however, trying to emulate Apple.

Jon Rubinstein

Jon Rubinstein Demonstrates Walking With a Palm Phone

Comments

Intruder

Love the caption.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

In football (American, not that bastardization known as “soccer”) circles, the spreading of assistant coaches to run other teams is known as a “coaching tree”. And among fans of one team, particularly successful teams, there tends to be a long-time fondness for their former assistants when they move onward and upwards. So, for example, many USC fans developed a real fondness of Tennessee football last season when former assistant Lane Kiffin was the Volunteers’ head coach. And now that the young Kiffin has come back home to be head coach this season, we’re all pretty excited about the game this weekend against U-Dub, whose head coach and defensive coordinators also come from Pete Carroll’s coaching tree. And Pete comes from Bill Walsh’s coaching tree. You can sorta see how this works.

At any rate, we football fans tend to be happy when the DNA of a successful program gets spread around, hopefully with the effect of improving the game that we love. I wonder why I don’t sense much happiness for Rubinstein. I’m guessing Cookie will get the same treatment from the Mac community.

Lee Dronick

Love the caption.

Is he also chewing gum? smile

jfbiii

LOL…USC. Of course!

I’m interested to see the webOS tablet. Ruby can’t fail.

Bryan Chaffin

I am also very interested in seeing the webOS tablet. I think that with HP’s resources, the Palm team will be able to do some very interesting things.

mhikl

Is he also chewing gum?

No, Sir; but he’s not watching his feet, either.

Lee Dronick

No, Sir; but he?s not watching his feet, either.

Somebody isn’t watching their PhotoShop either, I think that he was placed on that walkway. The angles of the shadows cast by his feet don’t look right, they don’t seem to have parallel axis or something that leads me to think that they were constructed. Look at shadow at his right instep, that shouldn’t be there. Maybe.

Robbo

Somebody isn?t watching their PhotoShop either, I think that he was placed on that walkway. The angles of the shadows cast by his feet don?t look right, they don?t seem to have parallel axis or something that leads me to think that they were constructed. Look at shadow at his right instep, that shouldn?t be there. Maybe.

you could be right, it does look like a big infill off to his left. But then it could have been shot outside and the photographer used the infill because the backlight from the sun was too strong. It looks like he has TWO shadows on his right foot. There are specular highlights on both shoes, indicating some sort of infill. I’d vote for outside with big infill wink

Solo500

Never judge Jon Rubinstein until you have Photoshopped a mile in his moccasins.

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