You may have seen the rumors recently that Hewlett-Packard, after a long on-again, off-again relationship with mobile devices, is finally working on its own smartphone, and that it's chosen to back the winner: Android.
There's even pictures floating around of an Android-powered HP concept device, which is supposedly code named Brave and set to hit the market sometime next year.
Unfortunately, those photos are fake.
In a statement today, an HP spokespersontold Business Insider that the supposed renderings floating around online aren't of anything it has in the works.
"Someone is making stuff up," the spokesman said.
Probably the biggest give away that it's not a real HP device is that it basically looks like an iPhone body with the HP logo and Android superimposed onto it. Also, note to future hoaxsters: Avoid the crappy Photoshop lens flare filter if you want to look legit.
Chuck House, shown here with son Warren, is co-author with Raymond Price, of THE HP PHENOMENON: INNOVATION and BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION (2009, Stanford University Press). He is Exec Director of InnovaScapes Institute, which published his memoir of HP Colorado Springs, PERMISSION DENIED, in 2013. House, Chancellor Emeritus of Cogswell Polytechnical College, was also executive director of Media X, Stanford University's research program on innovation, media and technology. Previously director of Intel Corporation’s Virtual Collaboratory, EVP R/D at Dialogic, President of Spectron Microsystems, SVP at Veritas Software and Informix Software after 29 years at Hewlett-Packard in a wide variety of roles. An IEEE Fellow for Logic Analysis technology, he also was President of ACM, the world’s largest Computer Science society, and is an ACM Fellow. He holds HPs only Medal of Defiance, awarded by David Packard for "extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty". Other awards include Engineer of the Year, Smithsonian Wizard of Computing, Top 50 inventions of 20th century, CNN top 25 inventions of past 25 years, Intrapreneuring Honor Roll