Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is known to have been working on tablet PCs for a number of different platforms, including the infamous HP Slate running Windows 7. However, tablets based on Google’s Android operating system have also been under development, with tentative ship dates scheduled for the final quarter of 2010—just in time for the lucrative end-of-year buying season. However, numerous industry reports (including All Things Digital and CNET) now say HP has delayed Android tablets into at least 2011, presumably as the company begins to shift R&D efforts towards devices running webOS, which the company acquired with Palm.
HP has repeatedly indicated it plans to bet heavily on webOS products—including forthcoming smartphones as well as netbook and “slate PCs.” However, the company has not yet announced any specific webOS products, nor has it revealed any timeframes for bringing webOS devices to market. Rumors have HP developing a webOS-based tablet codenamed “Hurricane” that might hit the market in the third quarter of 2010, but no confirmed details are available and the timeframe seems very aggressive, considering HP just closed its acquisition of Palm last month.
In the meantime, if HP isn’t jumping in the the Android tablet market, other players aren’t likely to hold back: manufacturers like Acer and Velocity Micro are reportedly prepping Android-based tablets for launch later this year.