In what is already quite a long-winded saga, the wait for the first official WebOS products from the combined HP-Palm may not be coming until 2011, according to the latest round of reputable reports. A Reuters report
this morning cited HP Senior Vice President Eric Cador and reported that no new WebOS phones would appear until "early 2011"..."You will see us coming early next year with new phones". Though light on additional details, this report appears to be the most credible sign yet that HP is biding their time and will ride out the remainder of 2010 with the current line of legacy Palm devices. 2011 will likely bring a three-pronged WebOS attack from HP with the apparent "PalmPad" tablet
and a refreshed smartphone line, with WebOS-based printers also likely in tow. Presumably, Palm and HP will cede the 2010 holiday market to Apple and Google and use CES 2011 (coincidentally the two-year anniversary of the original WebOS and Pre announcement) to announce their next-generation products
Additionally, a CRN article published yesterday suggests that HP is leveraging its numerous channel partners to support a WebOS-based tablet in early 2011. The CRN piece also discusses HP's tablet aspirations in varied fields such as healthcare in addition to the usual enterprise and consumer sectors. The piece specifically mentions one HP solution provider being "pleased" with his preliminary hands-on time with a WebOS tablet.