HP: No Plans to Enter the Smartphone Market

Hewlett-Packard has claimed that its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm was not about entering the smartphone market.

ZDNet reports that HP CEO Mark Hurd, speaking at the ongoing Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference, said that the company had bigger plans than entering the smartphone market, which is already dominated by Apple, Google and HTC.

Hurd said: “We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well.”

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nstead, said Hurd, the company plans to develop products around the IP technology that came with the acquisition, especially webOS.

Hurd said that by using webOS, the company plans to offer an integrated interface to its web-based devices.

WebOS will offer a web-connected environment to users, in which they will get a common look and feel and a common set of functions.