In the coming summer the long awaited HP tablet named Touchpad will be formally entering the already crowded tablet segment that is currently dominated by the Apple iPad. HP is already exuding confidence that they have a sure fire hit of a device in the form of the Touchpad, which the company feels continue to emulate the success that it has achieved with desktop PCs. Something that is evident in the words of the company’s head of European operation, Mr. Eric Cador when he said: “In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.”
Also, with the Touchpad, HP will not only be introducing just one more tablet PC but also a new operating system in the form of the WebOS. HP had inherited the mobile WebOS operating system after having acquired Palm last year, which would make it the fifth OS in the tablet segment. Currently, the bulk of the tablets seeing the light of day run on the immensely popular Android OS while the Apple’s iOS is the other major player. Windows 7 has also seen some action in the tablet segment though in a limited scope while the fourth player is the QNX operating system introduced by RIM on their BlackBerry tablet PC.
However, there is the necessity for third party developers to take a keen interest in the new WebOS and develop applications for it to make devices running on it more popular. HP has however claimed that most current applications running on the web could be easily adapted for running on the WebOS.
However, not everything might be as smooth sailing as the company would like us to believe. This since some predict the WebOS may not just be up to the mark and can well be the case of “too little too late.” This in spite of the fact that the TouchPad is going to be a pretty solid device on the hardware front. So if HP really wished itself to be seen as the number one plus, the WebOS has to deliver the killer punch.
Candor though is upbeat which is evident in what he said: “We tend to talk about technologies, but the way the user is going to look at tablets means it’s about experience. The way corporate is going to look at it is to say that its employees, who are also consumers, have got to like it and it’s got to be secure. We’re going to deliver that. Beyond that, it’s about marketing and branding.”