HP CEO Leo Apotheker has said in the past that his company would begin shipping products much more quickly, although it doesn't seem like HP's new trio of webOS devices are included in that statement since they won't be shipping until spring/summer. Still, Apotheker knows that HP has a problem with launching products quickly. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the CEO said that while HP is No. 1 or No. 2 in its businesses and that it has loyal customers, it needs to "get [its] products to market faster."
HP unveiled some pretty great-looking products at their webOS event earlier this month, which makes it extra disappointing that they won't be available for months. The Pre 2 just launched on Verizon, so it's not like we have zero new webOS devices to mess with, but it's hard to commit to a Pre 2 when the vastly superior Pre 3 is coming this summer. I'm glad to see Apotheker is out to change things, and since he just joined HP it's possible that he couldn't do anything about the Pre 3, Veer, and TouchPad's launches. I just hope that, with future products, HP can indeed ship more quickly. We've seen webOS slumping in market share quite a bit, and if HP can't launch their new devices quicker, I'm not sure that that will ever change.