When you think about WebOS, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the image of a smartphone (OK, perhaps a tablet as well), but it seems that HP, the current owner of all webOS-related assets, has some much bigger plans in store for this operating system, as they will apparently also launch a webOS netbook in the near future.
As some of you might remember, a few days ago, news broke out about an HP event
set on February 9th, when the company intends to reveal some of its hottest novelties for 2011, most of which are related to webOS
, as HP VP Todd Bradley stated.
In fact, on his CNBC interview, the company's exec actually said that the range of webOS – enabled products was so large “that enables everything from smartphones to tablets to PCs to potentially other large screen devices”.
And according to PreCentral
, that “everything” will also apparently include netbooks (or perhaps, netbook-like devices, equipped with a physical keyboard) running the aforementioned operating system.
So, by checking out a webOS carrier training site developed by HP, the aforementioned source came upon some crystal-clear hints about the future applications of webOS, including the fact that it will most certainly run on netbooks.
This would actually mark quite an interesting development in this particular market segment, up until recently dominated by Windows 7 Starter, Windows XP and, to a much lesser degree, Linux.
Of course, until we get some serious info on what the webOS netbooks are able to deliver in terms of productivity (after all, the fact that they can be used for work-related applications while being on the go is one of the major selling points of this particular type of products), it's a bit too early to pass judgment on their possible chances of success, so we're eagerly waiting for February 9 to get some more definite info on this topic.