Android: Courting Hewlett Packard
March 31, 2009
Microsoft buys some Hewlett Packard servers. Microsoft once bought Dell servers. I picked up rumblings that Microsoft embraced Hewlett Packard after Dell drifted from the all-Microsoft, all-the-time mode of business operations. Against that rumor trampoline, I read “HP Exploring Using Android Software in Computers” with one question in my addled goose mind: “Is Google sufficiently adept to woo HP into the Googleplex with Odwalla beverages, Tony Bennett crooning at lunch, and the recession resistant Googlers as the principal attractions? You can read the Yahoo story via AFP here. For me, the most interesting comment in the write up was:
News that HP is exploring ways to put Android to work in computers is the first hint that the operating system may be shaping up as a contender in a market long-dominated by Windows software made by Google’s rival Microsoft.
If this tie up happens, chalk one up for the GOOG. HP may find that the reception in Redmond might turn chilly. Hewlett Packard, an ink company, has been working to convince me that its servers and its Exstream Software units are the money machines. My thought is that HP is looking for ways to make money and Android looks like a baby Googzilla to ride.
PS. This could be an April’s Fool play by the witty lads at AFP too.
Stephen Arnold, April 1, 2009