CES: Palm’s webOS could maybe work for a tablet but…

January 9, 2010


Since everybody else seems to be doing it, Palm chief Jon Rubinstein was asked if he might add tablets to the company’s line of smartphones based on webOS.

We were left us a little bit wiser, but not that much, after his response from the question from Kara Swisher of All Things Digital on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Rubinstein’s first reaction to the tablet question was this:

“We’re a very small company so we’ve limited resources and need to stay focused.”

But then he said:

“We’ve designed webOS to work on all kinds of mobile form factors.”

Asked if he would license webOS to another company, presumably so that Palm could keep its focus on phones, he dithered again:

“Philosophically I wouldn’t be opposed to it,” he said, but then implied that he’d like to keep control of the webOS experience.

“The best process comes from when you integrate the entire user experience.”

So I guess that’s probably a no.

(Reuters photo of Rubinstein with a image of the new Palm Pre Plus at Palm’s own event held the day before at the Consumer electronics show)

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