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HP Delaying Android Tablet?

HP is looking to focus its mobile resources on its newly acquired Web OS mobile platform, a decision that may affect the launch of a scheduled Android-based tablet device.

John Paczkowski (opens in new tab) from AllthingsD says sources in the know have confirmed that the launch of the tablet has been postponed, possibly because HP has decided to concentrate on its own mobile platform.

The world's largest computer manufacturer has been working on three different operating system for tablets (WebOS, Android and Windows 7) and it looks as if it decided to freeze development of the least favoured candidate for now.

Focusing on only two platforms or even one (Web OS) means that HP will be able to delivery things faster; furthermore, WebOS will give HP a unique selling point and platform as well. One can therefore expect a WebOS based device to be launched by the end of the year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.