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15 Jan 2014

One of the World’s Largest PC Makers May Be Moving into the Mobile Market

According to a report from 9to5Google, HP is rumored to have a $200 Android smartphone in the works. The word through the grapevine is that this device will be initially geared towards foreign markets like Brazil, Russia, India, and China with senior VP of mobility at HP, Alberto Torres running the launch.

Android is actually familiar territory for Hewlett-Packard. They have created an arsenal of multi-operating systems with their line of laptops for Android, Windows, and even ChromeOS. HP debut their latest Android-based desktop computer designed with small business owners in mind at the recent 2014 International CES. The device allows users to run various mobile apps simultaneously and featured an Android software version of the immensely popular Microsoft’s Office. Priced at around $399 the desktop seems promising.

Although it’s rumored that their new phone will be released sometime soon this year, Hewlett-Packard is not commenting. A spokeswoman representative for HP stated, “HP will expand to additional mobility categories and form factors where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers. As previously communicated, HP will bring smartphones to the market but is not giving a timetable.”

Analyst at Insight 64 commented on the report saying, “Better late than never! By offering a phone that plays with an established ecosystem, HP can avoid the pitfalls that killed its earlier WebOS products.”

(Source: Venturebeat )

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