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HP turns to Windows 10 for mobile devices, cutting reliance on Android

Agam Shah | Aug. 15, 2016
The company has no interest in selling low-cost Android mobile devices

"It's very difficult to build differentiated $99 Android tablets," Nash said.

If there's an interest in Android, it's through Chromebooks. HP offers a handful of Chromebooks -- which run Chrome OS -- and those devices will be able to run Android apps.

As customers "upgrade the OS on Chromebooks over time, they will run those [Android] applications on that device," Nash said.

HP has dabbled with Android in PCs under the Slate product line. In 2014, the company shipped an Android laptop/tablet hybrid called Slatebook. That year, the company also shipped the Slate 21, an Android all-in-one desktop PC. The company has even put Android in printers.

HP has worked on mobile printing for Android and iOS devices, and those efforts should continue. Wireless printing is becoming a standard feature in HP's printers, and mobile printing is growing.

While Android seems to be off HP's map for now, it has an open-door policy for software and technologies. If a customer needs an Android device, HP will offer the OS, Nash said.

 

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