Hewlett Packard  has announced  that future mobile devices will run on Android software. Although the news is a big thumbs-up for Google , meaning that even more tablets and smartphones will be powered by Mountain View's little green men, it casts a bit shadow over HP's abillity to innovate, and shows just how far back it has dropped in the race for mobile dominance. First product off the HP-Android production line is expected to be a high-end tablet, powered by Nvidia 's Tegus 4 chip. Meg Whitman , the firm's CEO  has already indicated that there are no plans for a smartphone this year, although one source claimed that the firm was "exploring" the idea of an Android-powered cell.
Great things were expected of HP after it shelled out $1.2 billion for Palm  back in 2010. Initial offerings looked good , but they didn't sell, resulting in HP putting the brakes on its mobile dreams and announcing plans to license out its software, Web OS .
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