Despite your redundant assertion, I have no idea what you're talking about. You say that HP will not talk about phones because they don't own Palm, yet that same lack of ownership is not keeping them from talking up tablets and printers.
Originally Posted by voodoochild
They seem to be talking up everything that comes to mind; everything, that is, except phones. It is equally possible that they will let the smartphone division die while focusing on WebOS in the tablet computing space. Let's not forget printers.
As for phones, perhaps HP realizes that neither they nor Palm has been able to come up with anything competitive in the modern, consumer smartphone space. It is not like anyone picked up a Pre and said, "This would be so much better if it were combined with that compelling HP hardware." Nor do I believe there are any owners of HP's current phones that are saying, "If only this had WebOS." Putting failed software on failed hardware does not a successful platform make.
A tablet is a slightly different story. I say slightly because HP has been making tablets for years and has never been able to sell them to the masses. At least Palm has no history of failing in the tablet space. Then again, there is no reason to believe that they will find success there, either. After all, WebOS was made for phones. It was to be the iPhone killer. Once those iPhone contracts ran out, there would be no one who would re-up. Instead, they would defect to the Pre. That didn't happen. It is never going to happen. Since WebOS failed to excite the market in the space for which it was designed, why should anyone believe it will ignite the market in a space like the tablet?... Or printers?