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Hewlett-Packard's recently appointed CEO Meg Whitman already made one tough decision since taking over for Leo Apotheker, and that was whether or not to go ahead with plans to dump the company's PC division. She (wisely) chose not to, and the next big decision has to do with webOS. After meeting with company bigwigs last night to decide the fate of webOS, Whitman and the gang came to the conclusion that they need more time to think about it. "It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision," Whitman told a room full of Palm and HP employees last night, according to The Verge. Having already made one tough decision recently, perhaps HP CEO Meg Whitman should consult... Read more...
Turns out there's more than just the ways we mentioned earlier this week to get a cheap TouchPad. Yes, the webOS tablet that barely was. It's still hanging around, in one way or another, and there seems to be yet another option for grabbing one. In fact, it's becoming the zombie tablet. It's dead, and so it's webOS, but they just... won't... die! Not that we're complaining! Now, the TouchPad Device Purchase Program is returning for a limited time. Registered developers in the US, Canada, and Europe will be able to purchase up to two TouchPads at a discount while supplies last. The company is discontinuing the device loaner program, too. If you sign up, you'll get a 32GB TouchPad for $149.99,... Read more...
Does HP really need a chief strategy officer? Hopefully not, because there aren't any plans to replace the current one once he leaves next month. HP has gone through an insane amount of turmoil over the past two years, with Mark Hurd getting the boot, then Leo, then webOS. What's next? Well, Shane Robison, a guy who seemed in favor of webOS sticking around even after Leo decided to kill the consumer side, is about to bolt. HP today announced Shane Robison will retire as executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer effective Nov. 1. Robison, an 11-year HP veteran, also served as a member of the company's Executive Council. In his role, he was responsible for shaping HP's... Read more...
Remember the HP TouchPad? That was arguably the last webOS consumer product to ever go out, neck-and-neck with the Pre 3 in select markets. HP decided to toss those on a fire sale in order to clear inventory, and now the company's just hoping we all forget that webOS ever existed. Or are they? In a move that could have only come directly from left field, HP has announced on their official blog that webOS 3.0.4 is now being pushed out to TouchPad devices. That's right: a software update for a deceased product. Things like this happen from time to time, but it's particularly strange on a product that died such a spectacularly fiery death. The new build is pretty important, too, adding the ability... Read more...
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 a job by the end of the week. When asked for comment: "As communicated on August 18, HP will discontinue... Read more...
Over the course of the past few weeks, since the company’s announcement that it would no longer produce tablets and smartphones based on webOS and that it planned to spin-off its PC business, HP has been the target of a lot of negative sentiment. HP claims, however, that much of the information it tried to convey has been misunderstood. In attempt to set the record straight, the company just posted up an article on its Small and Medium Business website titled, “HP's bold new direction. The facts.” In the article, HP tries to better explain its plans for webOS, its PC business (also known as its Personal Systems Group), warranty support, and a couple of other topics.... Read more...
Well, there are surprises and then there are things you'd expect to happen. This is a tale involving both. PreCentral has managed to get their hands on new internal HP documentation that somewhat describes how things are going to go down now that they've made the heartbreaking decision to kill off webOS consumer devices. The memos, which were reportedly sent to employees of the company's webOS Global Business Unit, tell the story of how the split will happen. The former Palm, Inc. will be divided into two separate units that will then report to separate divisions of HP. The hardware group will remain under newly-appointed Stephen DeWitt, while the software side (which is the one HP could still... Read more...
It turns out all you need to do to dethrone Apple's iPad is launch a $500 tablet with modern hardware, discontinue the device, and mark it down to $99 (or $149 for the 32GB version). Hewlett Packard did exactly that and now owns the hottest selling tablet on the market, only the OEM failed to anticipate such rapid demand for a prematurely defunct device. Finding a marked down TouchPad at this point in the game is mostly an exercise in futility, and those who've been waiting for HP to receive a final shipment from one of its warehouses have been wearing out their F5 keys. Well, we have some good news folks. If you're on the brink of giving up, don't lose hope just yet. HP has committed to manufacturing... Read more...
The CyanogenMod team claims to have gotten Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) running on the HP TouchPad. As was noted earlier, developers had appeared to be nearing a first port of Android on HP's now dead webOS tablet. A post and video on the RootzWiki website show an Alpha build of the CyanogenMod 7 firmware running on the TouchPad. CyanogenMod is arguably the most popular Android custom ROM. CyanogenMod 7 is the release based on Gingerbread. Developers are quick to note that the ROM is "extremely Alpha." Ultimately, the team would like to develop a solution that could allow an end user to multi-boot into webOS, Android, or some other platform, entirely. Their efforts are hampered by a lack of development... Read more...
HP dropped a bombshell on consumers with last week's TouchPad $99 firesale, and now the company is going to sweeten the deal by giving away six free apps for the tablet. The TouchPad has certainly gained some popularity after being snatched up everywhere by deal-hungry consumers, having sold out at many locations causing HP to send out more shipments of the device. Now, it seems that HP wants to generate some good-will from those sales by offering six free apps to TouchPad owners that normally sell for as much as $14.99. The six free apps  are: Glimpse (Inglorious Apps, $5, injoj55410gavxv): Amp up your TouchPad multitasking to 11 using this customizable and addictive split-screen... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle has been booted out of the top spot among electronics best sellers by a device which has been, basically, sent to the scrap heap: the HP TouchPad. The 16GB and 32GB versions are in the top spots among Amazon's electronics best sellers.  Amazon.com itself is sold out of the device by now, but some of its third-party Marketplace vendors continue to sell it at nowhere near the price of that HP is using to clear out its now forsaken tablet, at $99 for 16GB and $149 for 32GB. HP said last Thursday that it was halting manufacture of its tablet, but that it would continue work on webOS, in hopes of licensing or selling the IP. Amazing as it is that HP's tablet would wind up atop... Read more...
Let's face it: it's not bad being Todd Bradley, the head of HP's Personal Systems Group, nor is it tough being former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who is currently working on the webOS side at HP. Both of these guys probably have fairly cushy lifestyles and nice corporate paychecks, but the level of stress they have to deal with on a daily basis probably isn't something that's nearly as enviable. Particularly now. According to an All Things D report, HP CEO Léo Apotheker didn't even bother telling Todd that he was about to assault huge parts of the company until a few days before the decision was made public. According to unnamed sources close to the situation, neither Jon nor Todd were kept... Read more...
Here's an idea for tablet makers who are striving to compete with Apple: sell your device for $99. We know, that's no way to actually stay in business, but it's working like a charm for HP, even after the company announced that the TouchPad was a dead product this past week. Shortly after the company made clear that this was the end of the road for webOS devices, a few Canadian e-tailers began to sell the product for $99 (16GB) / $149 (32GB). Tremendously cheap prices considering the $499 starting point just a month or so ago. Furthermore, that sale soon spread south, with some American companies (and direct through HP's website) doing the same sale but in U.S. dollars. During all of this mayhem,... Read more...
If you thought Google buying Motorola Mobility was a bombshell to end all bombshells, have a look at this. HP just announced their most recent earnings, but that's hardly the buzz. In a rather camouflaged way, HP just made a couple of huge, huge announcements that will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the technology universe. For starters, they confirmed that discussions are ongoing with Autonomy Corporation plc regarding a possible business combination -- a combination that involves an offer. HP also reported that it plans to announce that its board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG). HP will consider a broad range... Read more...
At this point, there are really only a handful of ways to seriously compete with Apple in the tablet space; either create something so amazing that even Steve Jobs and company couldn't imagine it, or lower a tablet to a price point that's impossible to ignore. Many have tried and failed on the first point, while most haven't even bothered to sell their tablets for much less than $500, right where the iPad starts. Now, though, HP is finally going for the price drop. The company's TouchPad was met with mixed reviews upon launch, but there's no better way to rekindle interest than to snip $100 off of the price tag. For a limited time, HP's offered $100 in instant savings when the TouchPad was purchased... 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 a product innovation role within the Personal Systems Group (PSG) at HP. It's hard to say what this... 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 nice, budget handset that'll do significantly more than make calls and send texts... HP Veer 4G Smartphone... 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 CEO was canned following a scandal, an unlikely successor was found, and Palm was sold to a company... Read more...
The Wi-Fi version of HP’s TouchPad tablet will be available in the United States on July 1. This tablet will also be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July. Availability in other countries will follow. The TouchPad will be available with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively. A version of the TouchPad will also be available through AT&T later this summer. HP Announces HP TouchPad Availability for United States, Europe and Canada Wi-Fi version of first HP webOS tablet also coming to Asia Pacific later this year PALO ALTO, Calif., June 9, 2011 HP today announced that the Wi-Fi version of... Read more...
Today, HP makes Windows-based PCs. You knew that. But what if they start to ship PCs with something other than Windows on them? Five years ago, that question would largely result in laughter, but things are different these days. HP's new CEO already made clear that webOS would start to ship on PCs from HP eventually, but many assumed it would be a virtual layer if anything. But maybe that's not the case, at least in the long term. Speaking at the recent D9 conference, HP's Leo Apotheker had this to say: "I happen to believe that webOS is a uniquely outstanding operating system. It's not correct to believe that it should only be on HP devices. There are all kinds of other people who want to make... Read more...
On May 15, AT&T will be getting the HP Veer 4G smartphone. This smartphone runs on webOS 2.1 and comes in black and white. With a footprint that is about the size of a credit card and a thickness that's roughly equivalent to a deck of cards, the HP Veer 4G is the smallest full-featured HP webOS smartphone to date. The Veer features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800Mhz processor, 8GB of internal storage (approximately 6.1GB available), 2.6-inch multitouch display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-megapixel camera. The HP Veer 4G will cost $99.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T Goes Small With HP Veer 4G Exclusive Smartphone for AT&T Customers Available May 15, Packs a Big Experience into... 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 to invest their time in the system. Now, HP is allowing prospective WebOS developers to get a head-start.... Read more...
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