According to ReadWrite and The Verge, HP is working on some new tablets. Tablets that run Android. Which is... well, surprising isn't really the world. Interesting? Sort of? Maybe?

After the failure of the Touchpad, HP basically had three options if it wanted to get back in the consumer tablet game: Windows RT, Android, or another stab at WebOS. HP allegedly threw out plans for Windows RT hardware in June of last year, and WebOS is an open source husk of itself that hasn't been acknowledged by the company in months. This new rumor seems to confirm it's Android or bust for any new HP slates, at least for the time being.

ReadWrite's sources suggest a Tegra 4 chip will power at least one upcoming HP tablet, and that it may be one of the first Tegra 4 devices on the market - meaning we can probably expect it to be announced fairly soon. There are also some rumblings about a smartphone, but I'd take that part with a great many grains of salt.

What isn't clear, but also critically important, is how HP is planning on packaging the operating system. After all, the most successful Android tablets on the market, Amazon's Kindle Fires, get as far away from Google services and content as possible. I certainly wouldn't put ruining Android by deforming it into some proprietary monstrosity past HP. And remember, we're talking about the company that gave up on its first tablet after just 49 days.

Regardless, the fact that another OEM is reportedly entering the Android tablet foray - especially one as large as HP - is probably good news for the platform as a whole.

ReadWrite via The Verge

David Ruddock
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  • Jeremiah Rice

    The term "glutton for punishment" comes to mind.

  • ddpacino

    Hp has NO idea what they are doing. They tried to market webOS with printers, balked on that and consumer products and wanted to move to enterprise only. now, they are back in the mobile space... schizo.

    • aiden9

      Can put a lot of blame on Leo Apotheker. When he came in he had zero interest in webOS and basically wanted to create HP into the company he had just left(SAP). With the new CEO in place they're back on to the hardware path.

      I have no idea what their deal with webOS on printers was though. Possibly trying to justify the purchase while the webOS/Palm team rebooted itself.

      • http://twitter.com/KyleFN KyleFN

        webos had so much potential too. it ws actually superior to android in several ways. i went from a palm pre to android and there are times i regret it. if only it had gotten the proper support it needed/deserved.

        • http://www.facebook.com/eGadgetGuy Ken Williams

          Me too. I finally dumped my pre2 only because it was upgrade time. If HP had kept webOS going, I would probably be rockin a pre5 by now!

          • http://twitter.com/KyleFN KyleFN

            I would love to see HP put out a series of Android/WebOS hybrid phones/tablets ... if that's even feasible. That would be pretty awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amishcrusader Shane Capuano

    Looks like a 4:3 resolution. Grrr.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

      That pic is of the Touchpad. I'm sure a new tablet would conform to more standard android resolutions.

  • RedPandaAlex

    And this after getting into the Chromebook game.

  • LjHe80

    I remember running my HP Ipaq 4700. That seems like an eternity ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

    Working on an android tablet? Funny, my HP touchpad runs android just fine, and the specs are still pretty recent. Rerelease the touchpad with Jellybean at firesale prices and they will sell like crazy.

    • http://twitter.com/KyleFN KyleFN

      could not agree more. my hp tp runs pretty dang flawlessly. i would pay $199 for a modernized version of this.

  • Asphyx

    Can't say I blame them for trying. They made a mistake thinking a custom OS was the way to go when they originally tried to enter the mobile market. They tried to be another Apple and control the world in which they lived and found out pretty wuickly that was a very SMALL and unprofitable world.
    As for thier choices on what to run well they never had a choice of iOS...
    And something I have been saying since MS announced WinPhone and Win8 and thier HARDWARE REQUIREMENT approach to building an OS.
    Why has Android done as well as it has? Becauase Gogle doesn't care what hardware you run it on as long as it works. No OS manufacturer should have anything to say about the hardware requirements they should make a product that can be made to run on multiple platforms if they want to get what they REALLY want, widespread use and marketshare for thier OS.
    Let the hardware manufacturers worry about what hardware they need to put in it and make thier OS work but don't force technology on someone especially someone who is much more likely to surpass what you require if only they could get your OS to work on thier system.

  • John Lieske

    Surprising really isn't the WORD, Mr. Ruddock

  • Tim

    I will not waste time with HP on anything after the Touchpad debacle !