HP CEO Meg Whitman has just clarified with the wondering masses as to the status of the possibility of a HP smartphone making the list for next year’s hardware roll call, saying that there will not be any smartphone in line for 2013 despite stating the fact that HP themselves has to “offer a smartphone.” Having said that, will entering the smartphone game in 2014 place HP clearly behind the rest of the competition, considering how tough it already is at this point in time? HP did have a role to play in the smartphone world once under the Palm banner, where the Palm Pre ran on the webOS platform, and both are now defunct.

Whitman said, “We don’t have any plans to introduce a smartphone in 2013, but we’ve got to start thinking about what is our unique play, how do we capture this element of the personal computing market?” She also noted that should HP not make any significant headway in the smartphone market within the next five years, the company would potentially be “locked out of a huge segment of the population in many countries of the world.” What’s your take on HP’s situation?

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