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It shouldn't come as any surprise, but it's depressing nonetheless. With HP's webOS devices division having no new products to work on, the writing was on the wall. According to AllThingsD, HP will be cutting 500 jobs at the webOS department, now that the TouchPad, Pre 3 and the handful of webOS devices that did make it to market will be their last. HP has stated their intentions to continue supporting existing webOS customers, but that won't require an entire development staff around the platform. Tough news, indeed. According to the report, as many as 525 workers could find themselves without... Read more...
In the wake of HP's announcement that it intends to investigate a PC spin off, the company has discovered one of the downsides to being the market leader:  It's hard to find a buyer. Samsung has recently announced it has no interest in acquiring HP's PSG (Personal Systems Group).  While Samsung's own PC business is quite healthy, with ten million units shipped last year, it's dwarfed by HP's estimated 64 million unit shipments over the same period. Samsung's CEO told Wired: "Based on the significant disparity in scale with Samsung’s own PC business and the complete lack of synergies,... Read more...
Timing is everything in life, and the timing here is particularly strange. Just a few days after HP's TouchPad launched to ho hum reviews, the company has decided to make a few major strategic changes in the ranks. Jon Rubinstein, the visionary behind webOS, came over from Palm to lead up the group. After championing the Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad, it looks like he'll be sitting in a different office by the time the last of those actually ships. HP has appointed Stephen DeWitt as senior vice president and general manager of its webOS global business unit, a post that Jon held prior. Jon will assume... Read more...
In the pages to come, we take a look at the HP Veer 4G and by extension webOS 2.1.2 (the OS build loaded on this phone). webOS still has a lot to prove in the smartphone world, as it currently battles BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, MeeGo and a handful of other small competitors for that coveted third-place spot behind iOS and Android. Priced at just $99.99 on a 2-year AT&T contract (or $49.99 if purchased through Amazon Wireless), it's certainly one of the cheaper 4G smartphones on the market, and when paired with AT&T's $15/month low-end smartphone data package, it has the makings for a... Read more...
HP webOS, as the mobile operating system is now officially known, was first born in the labs of a revitalized Palm, at a time when the company was angling to take on iOS and Android and offer the world's next great mobile OS. The first real glimpse at webOS came at CES 2009, with the introduction of the Palm Pre. Unfortunately, some would say Palm took too long to ship what ultimately turned out to be a subpar piece of hardware, and webOS fell to the wayside while Android leapfrogged iOS and Apple also continued to innovate. Then, amidst the turmoil, came more turmoil. HP's... Read more...
Guess what? HP's TouchPad seems to be darn good at Flash. Yes, Adobe's Flash. As in, the Flash that no iOS device is capable of handling, despite tons of public backlash. Apple's pretty much set on never supporting Flash, hoping to hold out until most web video is converted over to the more universally accepted HTML5. It's quite possible that HP plans on using this fact (the fact that the TouchPad can play Flash) to set itself apart from Apple's iPad. The TouchStone feature is also an impressive one, but it's one that will be harder to sell to the mainstream. The TouchPad Flash demo was shown at... Read more...
Don't count WebOS out just yet. The mobile operating system started by Palm, and now being handled by HP, has struggled to reach critical mass in recent years, mostly due to inadequate Palm hardware and a rough ride as it has changed families mid-course. But in a recent press event, HP revealed three new WebOS devices, indicating that they were intent on continuing to support the brand, the OS and the development of that OS. In fact, one of the key factors in WebOS' eventual growth will be developer support. If no one develops applications for the WebOS app store, consumers won't have a good reason... Read more...
One of the negative points of Palm's Pre and Pre 2 was the relatively small screen size and low resolution. HP fixed that when they introduced the Pre 3 today, but if you're one of those who just love small phones, the Veer keeps the tiny tradition in tact. The HP Veer is the smallest HP webOS phone offered, and you could argue that it's a replacement for the Pixi. HP introduced a Small, Medium and Large device today, with the Veer taking S, the Pre 3 taking M, and the TouchPad taking L. This phone is actually the size of a credit card, while being no thicker than a deck of cars. Still, there's... Read more...
Palm just had their biggest day in years, and they're not even Palm any longer. When HP purchased Palm, many feared that it meant the end for the Palm brand. The URL stuck around, and rumors were swirling all along that maybe it actually would hang on in some form or another. But now, it's pretty clear that the Palm we've known and loved since the early 1990s no longer lives. Even Palm's webOS and Synergy systems are now officially known as "HP WebOS and HP Synergy," leaving little doubt that HP has said goodbye to Palm. That alone is a very interested topic of debate; Palm is a name that resonates... Read more...
WebOS 2.0 is being viewed by many as a major overhaul of Palm's mobile operating system, but Palm has not shown it very much to the public. But with the Pre 2 now official and on sale in France, there's no real use in keeping things undercover now. Palm, or HP really, has just revealed the first public ad for WebOS 2.0 and the Pre 2. The minute-long ad shows off a bunch of new WebOS 2.0 features, and of course, a glimpse of the phone running Angry Birds. The Pre 2 is being advertised as the fastest Palm smartphone yet, with a revamped card/bunching system and plenty of speed to go along with it.... Read more...
The Palm smartphone still lives! It's alive and well! Today, Palm (or HP really) introduced their first smartphone since Palm was acquired by HP. It's the Palm Pre 2, and users of the original Pre will not be surprised at the design. For the most part, the Pre 2 looks the same as the first Pre, but with a slimmer body. It still has a 3.1" HVGA multi-touch display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but at least the insides have been tuned up. The Pre 2 will ship with a 1GHz CPU, 16GB of storage, a micro-USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, GPS, an accelerometer, 3.5mm headphone jack and a... Read more...
Well, what do you know? It's the executive shuffle in the mobile world! It sure looks like fun, and according to All Things D, the same man that designed last month as the head of Nokia's MeeGo division is now an employee of Palm. It seems like a round-robin of high-level executives, but we aren't too surprised. Ari Jaaksi has a track record in the industry that few others have, and Palm is definitely in need of top-tier help if they hope to seriously rival Android, iOS and the other great smartphone platforms on the market. It's unclear if Ari Jaaksi's departure was simply to fill a role at Palm,... Read more...
Phew. That's a big sigh of relief coming from everyone who thought even for a second that HP's purchase of Palm may end up being the last of WebOS. Palm was only able to launch a couple of phones based on WebOS before being acquired by a much larger HP, and the future of the mobile OS has been up in the air ever since. We have heard that WebOS will be possibly used on select tablets and printers, but the future of "Palm smartphones" has been murky at best. Thankfully, some of that mystery is gone today. Senior Vice President Eric Cador told an industry conference the following: "You will see us... Read more...
During a fireside chat at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week, Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) Todd Bradley, who some consider the front-runner to replace Mark Hurd as CEO, said HP has no intentions of licensing out Palm's webOS platform. Just don't take that to mean HP has any intention of following in Apple's footsteps. Straight and to the point, "We are not trying to emulate Apple. Emulating Apple is not part of our strategy," Bradley said. His comment came in response to whether or not HP's acquisition of Palm's webOS was made with the idea of copying Apple's strategy of having a single user... Read more...
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