HP will emulate its PC market success in the tablet world when
it launches the Touchpad over the summer, the companys European
head Eric Cador has claimed.
Speaking at a press conference in Cannes, Mr Cador said that In
the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HPs products
from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world
were going to become better than number one. We call it number
one plus. Apples iPad is currently the best-selling tablet
around the world.
The HP Touchpad uses the WebOS operating system, a fifth OS in a
market currently dominated by Apple and Google that also
features BlackBerry and tablets that run Windows 7. Based on
technology HP acquired when it bought Palm, the new WebOS has
been widely praised by commentators and analysts. The platform
will also need, however, to attract developers to build apps for
it, but HP has been keen to claim that apps that run on the web
can be adapted with relative ease to run on WebOS.
Flagship UK apps partners will be music service Last.fm, Sky and
the Guardian, the company said. At launch, however, one HP
spokesman said there would be thousands more.
Addressing rivalries among hardware manufacturers such as Apple,
Google and BlackBerry Mr Cador also said that only one company
plays in both the consumer and business and world. We tend to
talk about technologies. But the way the user is going to look
at tablets means its about experience. The way the corporate is
going to look at it is to say that its employees, who are also
consumers, have got to like it and its got to be secure. Were
going to deliver that. Beyond that, its about marketing and