Get your salt shakers ready, folks, because it’s rumor time. Clayton Morris is back with another report from deep inside the bowels of HP, this time claiming that HP is using their supply of ARM-poweredHP TouchPad tablets to test the developer preview of Windows 8. Apparently there are internal talks “about reviving the defunct tablets or building new devices with Windows 8 in mind.” Of course, any logical thinking on this matter would conclude that HP will build new devices – they certainly wouldn’t be able to turn around and sell the previously-$99-TouchPad for a few hundred dollars just because it has Windows 8 on it. And that’s assuming it could even run Windows 8 well (the current testing is said to be proof-of-concept).
Additionally, Morris’ “on the webOS team” sources tell him that HP is “actively meeting with a number of interested buyers” for webOS, supposedly to include HTC, LG, Nikon, and Amazon. Of those, HTC has already publicly dismissed webOS and Amazon has been rumored to be in negotiations but has offered no comment on the matter. LG, meanwhile, has yet to be seriously rumored, and Nikon? Where did that come from? They make cameras, scanners, and other optical equipment (including ophthalmological lens – bet you didn’t know that) and have practically zero experience in consumer computing software or hardware. That said, we would love to have a webOS smartphone with Nikon-quality optics in it.