Perhaps not the most surprisingly news you’ll hear this week, but HP Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley has confirmed that his company will not be making any Windows Phone 7 devices, and will instead focus entirely on their newly-acquired webOS for all upcoming smartphones.
A groin buster
Having their biggest customer shun their shiny new OS must be a bit of a wallop in the goolies for Microsoft, but they must have seen this coming after HP shelled out a billion dollars for Palm.
Here’s the juicy bits from Bradley’s interview with CNBC:
Q: Can you make webOS successful with developers when you’re selling Windows Phone 7, maybe Android or Linux at the same time?
A: We continue to be Microsoft’s biggest customer, and we continue to believe we will drive innovation with Microsoft. At the same time, I think it’s clear to say, that we’re very focused on the customer, and giving the customer the experience that’s important to them. We won’t do — will not do a Linux / Android phone. We won’t do a Microsoft phone.
Q: So no Windows Phone 7?
A: We will continue to more broadly deliver the webOS-based phones that are in the market today, and Jon and his team have driven a strong roadmap for the future.
Q: So does that mean you’re going webOS only for phones?
A: For smartphones it does. Our intent is to focus those resources and really make webOS the best OS it can be.
Check out the full video below (it gets interesting around 5:20)