Only a month after Dell moved away from Android, another big name in the computer industry seems to be going the same direction: Hewlett Packard. Currently listed on their website are 27 Windows tablets and only a single Android tablet (presumably because they have a lot of remaining stock). But the company is done trying to differentiate itself in the low-cost android marketplace.
Instead, HP is building its mobile strategy around Windows, the platform that made the company initially. In addition to the 27 Windows tablets currently available, their existing line of notebooks and desktops, HP also has a Windows Phone coming: the Elite x3. This phone will be fully Continuum capable, meaning it can be used as a phone or a desktop/laptop, with the docking station or VGA adapter. This is a capability the HP previously tried with a Slatebook running Android which was not well-received.
Just because they are getting out of low-cost Android doesn't mean that HP is going entirely high-cost. Just this week they also announced a new collection of Stream notebooks starting at $199, and they will continue to offer a small line of Chromebooks which, the company promises, will get the Android app update.
As with almost all platform decisions, except webOS which it hastily ditched, HP leaves a door open for Android's eventual return. Mike Nash, VP of Customer Experience and Portfolio Strategy said that if a consumer needs Android, they'll make it happen.
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