HP's storied smartphone history goes back more than a decade. HP in 2011 shut down its webOS division, which was based on the Palm platform that HP bought in 2010 for $1.2 billion. Before Palm, HP made phones under the iPaq brand running on Windows Mobile after HP merged with Compaq Computer in 2002.
Analysts said HP made a good choice by starting out the new Slate devices in India. "I see this as HP trying to enter a marketplace where they have the best chance of success and to see what the market wants," Gold added. "This is an experiment by HP to see if they can pick up market share."
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