Putting the days of WebOS and TouchPad behind it HP will move forward to start offering consumer tablets operating Android OS for the first time. This piece of news is being reported by Readwrite, which cites two of its sources who are familiar with the matter.
According to these sources HP’s debut Android tablet will be a high-end device and will become one of the earlier devices to offer Nvidia’s upcoming mobile processor, Tegra 4.
The report also suggests that HP could be contemplating about getting back into the smartphone business, also using the Android platform, but such a rumor was downplayed by company CEO Meg Whitman who has specifically said the company will not bring out any smartphone this year.
HP’s first major foray into the tablet market to counter iOS and Android turned out to be a disaster, ending with the withdrawal of its TouchPad hardware in August 2011. Recently, HP has made an appearance in tablet market with Windows 8 based tablets such as ElitePad 900 and the Envy X2 hybrid tablet. It is also expected to come out with Windows RT based tablets in the near future.
While HP is struggling in the PC front due to the general decline in demand for desktops and laptops after the emergence of tablets, its diversification could help it emerge as a key player in the tablet market and at the same time providing consumers with more choice. Adoption of Android will not be its first major association with Google as it recently came out with its first budget Chromebook as well.
Nvidia Tegra 4
Nvidia’s 4th generation Tegra mobile processor was introduced at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show and already powers its concept gaming device, Project Shield. The new quad core processor is based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 and will start appearing in devices from the second half of this year.