Palm Developer Podcast with HP's Phil McKinney
The latest episode in Palm's Developer Podcast series of videos features an "official" appearance by HP's Phil McKinney alongside the regular Palm Developer Podcase hosts Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith. Phil McKinney is vice president and CTO for HP's Personal Systems Group, a unit of HP headed by former palmOne CEO Todd Bradley. Mr. McKinney is responsible for overseeing the HP business unit containing Palm's smartphones and WebOS, among other product lines such as PCs, laptops, mobile devices, displays and calculators.
In the 15 minute video, McKinney, a longtime veteran of the mobile phone industry, discusses HP's interest in Palm stemming from a desire to own the entire end-to-end experience and also firmly restates HP's interest in the smartphone business. One interesting tidbit from the video is McKinney's proclamation of being the "Palm evangelist" within HP and future WebOS formfactors. Other highlights include leaving Palm "as is", the task of educating all of HP's other divisions about the ease of creating apps for WebOS, and a new competition designed to kickstart WebOS interest within HP. And while nothing specific is mentioned, a direct reference is made to WebOS on a tablet or Slate-type device as well as the anticipated applications with apps on printers.