HP EVP Todd Bradley: “We Won’t License webOS” or Be Like Apple

Via The Next Web, HP Executive VP Todd Bradley had some interesting things to say at TechCrunch Disrupt today:

HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley just said at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco that HP, “won’t license WebOS” to other companies.

Bradley also said when questioned about whether HP is trying to be like Apple by offering a single closed platform across multiple devices: ”emulating Apple or Dell is not part of our strategy.”

I’ve long believed that HP would keep webOS all to themselves, and it looks like I was right. And it’s clear that HP is coming up with their own things in the mobile space rather than simply emulating Apple, in particular: as I’ve written before, I think HP will create the best platform for running content from a variety of sources, unlike Apple’s walled garden. And I think that’s a very good thing.

Update: Precentral reports that HP expects to sell 15 million printers running webOS in 2011. If that doesn’t make some developer stand up and take notice, I don’t know what will.

Update 2: Cnet expanded a bit by adding:

In the meantime, HP is devoting a lot of resources toward improving the availability of WebOS applications and software-development kits. Since the acquisition, HP has increased the number of available WebOS applications by 50 percent, he said.

Interesting position there, Mr. Bradley. I’m not sure how HP’s had this impact, but hey, when you’re the boss, you can take the credit.


  1. Umm… “HP has increased the number of available webOS applications by 50%???” An interesting claim, to say the least. I agree with your assessment.


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