HP Adopting Android?

Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now adopting Google’s Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices, reports ReadWrite.

HP’s first Android device will be a high-end tablet that is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chip, says ReadWrite, and it could be announced soon.

The tablet has been in the works since before Thanksgiving and sources say it could be one of the first tablets to ship with the Tegra 4. NVIDIA’s latest mobile chip was just announced during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. NVIDIA’s own Project Shield gaming system is slated to debut Tegra 4 in the second quarter of 2013, while partners Toshiba and VIZIO are also reported to be working on Tegra 4 tablets.

HP will be playing catch up in the tablet space, after it’s TouchPad failed in the market, back in 2010. Meanwhile, Microsoft said recently that it has sold 60 million licenses of Windows 8, but according to Net Applications, the latest operating system has only a 2.26 percent market share.

It’s a big win for Google. Android has been slowly evolving towards the desktop PC market, and HP could be the partner that helps Google turn the corner in desktops, concludes ReadWrite.

Sources also say that HP is currently exploring the launch of an Android-powered smartphone, but recent comments from CEO Meg Whitman indicate HP will not offer a mobile phone this year. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said it’s bullish on tablets but will not persue smartphones until it integrates its Tegra processor with LTE modems, something it is working on now.

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