HP ponders smartphone revisit

APAC director says phone handsets a must

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HP ponders smartphone revisit HP tried making smartphones before, in 2010, with little success. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 2, 2013

HP is planning a renewed foray into the smartphone industry, tech site CNET reported.

In the midst of another monthly dip in PC shipments in May, according to tracker data from IDC, Yam Su Yin, HP's senior director for consumer PC and media tablets for Asia Pacific, told Indian media that the company’s focus would include smartphones, but could not comment on a timetable.

“It would be silly if we say no; HP has to be in the game,” he said of the growing smartphone segment.

Following its 2010 acquisition of Palm, HP poured R&D cash into WebOS, a Linux-based mobile platform that failed to impress consumers. In February this year HP finally sold the platform’s source code, documentation, licences and talent to South Korea's LG Electronics Inc, while retaining the cloud infrastructure.

"Being late you have to create a different set of proposition[s],” said Yam.

“There are still things that can be done. It’s not [too] late. When HP has a smartphone, it will give a differentiated experience."

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