HP To Use WebOS in Printers, Tablets and Smartphones

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed its plan to use the newly acquired Palm WebOS in printers and Slates.

Chief Executive Mark Hurd revealed that HP would use the WebOS for any web-connected devices, not just its smartphones, in a briefing to announce the company's quaterly reports to Wall Street analysts.

HP, whose $1.2 billion purchase of Palm will be completed on 31 July, has indicated it could use the WebOS software to power its internet-connected printers and slate computers, leading to speculation that the rumours of a 'Hurricane' tablet PC are true.

Technology analysts worldwide had expected HP to use the operating system in its smartphones only.

HP, which is the largest producer of Microsoft's Windows-based PCs, has clearly stated that its relationship with Microsoft is too vital to abandon, even if it releases its own mobile OS.

The decision to utilise WebOS in its mobile devices and printers would give any future HP tablet a competitive advantage over Apple's iPad, which has no such feature.