Items tagged with webOS

Leo Apotheker has a tall order ahead of him. HP as a whole as doing quite well, make no mistake. The company is selling a ton of PCs to consumers and businesses alike, but ever since the company acquired Palm, mobile pundits have been watching to see what the future would hold for such an iconic brand. At HP's latest press event, they basically decided to ditch the Palm brand completely. The newest devices as labeled "HP," not "Palm," so it remains to be seen how consumers will respond. Will they think less of the typically corporate HP label? Will they focus on the fact that WebOS remains the same despite the rebrand? And will they be interested in WebOS for their desktop? Yes, that's a real... Read more...
Blackboard is a name that fits right into education these days. In fact, it's hard to encounter a college course-load today that doesn't use Blackboard in some form or fashion. With online courses, it's nearly always Blackboard as the tool that delivers the coursework and returns the grades. There are a few rivals, but Blackboard is far and away the most commonly used. Due to that, the company has been quick to jump aboard the mobile revolution. People aren't just completing coursework on the go anymore, they're completing coursework on their slates and smartphones. An iOS app already exists for Blackboard, but in an effort to continue that rollout, Blackboard Mobile Central has been developed... 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 a full build of webOS 2.2 on it, Flash Player 10.1 and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Veer has an... 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 with people in the mobile world, and HP…well, not so much. Now, HP is hoping to build up... Read more...
Look out Apple, slide aside Samsung, and move over Motorola because the gauntlet has been thrown, and boy has it ever. Making the most out of a press event in San Francisco, Hewlett-Packard formally (and finally) rolled out its long awaited webOS tablet, the HP TouchPad. HP's challenger enters the ring measuring 13.7 millimeters thick and weighing 1.6 pounds with a capacitive screen span extending 9.7 inches. It looks strikingly similar to the iPad, but the hardware is a different story. Motoring the HP TouchPad is a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, which we think is worth repeating. Ready? Here we go: Motoring the HP TouchPad is a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. That alone should... Read more...
Someone over at Hewlett-Packard is apparently ultra-excited about the company's upcoming Topaz tablet -- the first slate to be built around HP's semi-newly acquired webOS platform -- and has leaked a ton of info and pictures to Pre|Central. Topaz, as you already know, is the name HP is giving its first webOS-based slate, and while some of the information has already been floating around the Web for some time new, there are some new details. Here's how the spec sheet breaks down: Qualcomm MSM8660 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz Integrated Adreneo 220 GPU 9.7-inch XGA (1024x768) 512MB DDR2 16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC Front-facing camera for video chat Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G connectivity options... Read more...
We knew HP was working on a webOS tablet, but now, pictures and additional specifications have emerged. Although the official announcement for HP’s webOS tablet is expected on February 9, a “trusted tipster” has provided Engadget with images as well as specs. In looking at the photos, the upcoming 9-inch tablet, code-named Topaz as well as the 7-inch version known as Opal, are looking pretty stunning. Both tablets are said to have a no-button design, similar to what we’ve seen from other upcoming tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and the BlackBerry Playbook. The tablets are also expected to have front-facing cameras and microUSB ports. Reports also claim you can also expect... Read more...
We were already expecting that HP is going to release new tablet PCs and smartphones carrying the Palm's webOS platform, and now we have confirmation that it will also produce webOS netbooks, as well. The information comes via an HP carrier training website. The training video on the site, which anyone can sign up for despite its focus on carrier training (by filling in some fields with faux information) speaks of a friendly little product family consisting of tablet, smartphone, and netbook, all running the same platform and "speaking" to each other. The video says: That's hot. Love it. Why can't I do all that stuff on my PC? Maybe you will. That's the big idea. If I could run webOS on my phone... Read more...
We’ve heard that a webOS-based tablet was in the works from HP, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Although HP made no announcements at CES last week, Todd Bradley, executive vice president of Hewlett Packard’s Personal Systems Group, made comments during a recent interview that seem to indicate HP is working on a tablet to compete with Apple’s iPad. During the interview with CNBC, Bradley claimed HP was focused on the tablet market. To back up that claim, he said a public announcement is coming on February 9. In response to questions about how HP’s tablet would compete with Apple’s, Bradley replied, “You and I will talk about that on the ninth.” Although... Read more...
We knew that HP didn't buy Palm just to sit on it, and we also knew the company was planning new devices for 2011. Thus, it's no surprise that HP has an event coming, on Feb. 9, at which attendees are supposed to "Think Big. Think Small. Think Beyond." It sounds, from the teaser, that HP will be unveiling a series of devices, from tablets to smartphones. It also means that the odds of HP unveiling anything webOS related at CES just dropped to nil. We already expect the HP webOS tablet to be called the PalmPad. What will its new smartphones be dubbed, and is it already too late to catch up to Android and iOS?... 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. We know things can be sped up for the sake of the commercial, but it all looks buttery smooth. Have... 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, but it's likely that the two were in talks beforehand. With Palm under HP now, the company has more... Read more...
Apple has won a patent for the coveted pinch-to-zoom feature. The patent application was filed in December of 2006 (patent #7,812,826). However, the patent issued does not give Apple complete control over the pinch-to-zoom functionality, which now exists on just about every current-generation platform. Here's the section of the patent that Engadget pointed out. A multitouch display detects at least two contacts. Those contacts perform a first gesture. That gesture adjusts an image in some way: magnification, orientation and rotation are specifically claimed, but the patent is broad enough to cover virtually any adjustment. The first set of contacts is broken. A second set of contacts is detected.... 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 coming early next year with new phones." That's very reassuring news for those who were holding out... 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 interface across multiple devices owned by a single company. Neither is emulating Dell or anyone... Read more...
When HP acquired Palm earlier this year, the webOS community feared the end was in sight. Within days of the acquisition, however, HP put any fears to rest by confirming that it had no plans to abandon webOS or Palm's smartphone business. Instead, HP said that it planned to put webOS in a bunch of other devices such as printers and tablets. Recently, Jon Rubinstein, former Palm CEO, dropped a casual mention of an updated version of webOS — version 2.0 — at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference. What's even more interesting is that he said it would be coming “later this year”. At this point, we don't know a whole lot about what webOS 2.0 will contain, but it's good to... Read more...
And with that, the mystery is solved. Well, at least we think the mystery is solved. This story goes a long way back, all the way to CES 2010. At that show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came out onto a stage with an HP-branded tablet PC, which was simply called the "HP Slate" at the time. But then, no one saw or heard from it again. As the months passed, the iPad soared in popularity and just about every other computer maker announced a slate or two, HP remained quiet. And then HP purchased Palm. People immediately began to suspect that the HP Slate was being delayed in order to get WebOS (Palm's mobile operating system) onto the device, which would make it the first WebOS Slate in existence.... Read more...
A community based website dedicated to the HP Mini, HP Slate, and Compaq mini series of netbooks produced by Hewlett-Packard discovered a recent trademark filing by HP, which might reveal what the OEM plans to call its upcoming tablet. The trademark is for PalmPad, a fitting name considering HP's recent acquisition of Palm. Ever since HP canceled its Windows 7-based 'Slate,' there has been a ton of speculation that the OEM would focus its attention on a webOS-based tablet, a notion that was later confirmed by HP, who said it planned to build both tablets and netbooks around its newly acquired mobile OS. While HP hasn't said anything official since then, the trademark discovery certainly seems... Read more...
The HP-Palm deal, which found HP acquiring Palm earlier this year, will likely go down as one of the most monumental in tech history. Palm used to be a giant, and HP has never been a serious mobile player. Many say the two have little in common, and many wondered why some other company didn't shell out the needed funds to pick up such a intelligence-rich company. The early favorite from a consumer perspective was HTC, but that was simply selfish dreams of having an HTC Hero with WebOS installed. On the business side, HTC was never really interested in spending the kind of money that Hewlett-Packard was ready to spend, but according to a new report at Business Insider, a few other companies were.... Read more...
All the "I"s are dotted and the "T"s are crossed in Hewlett Packard's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, which was finalized on Thursday, HP announced. That means HP can officially begin putting into motion whatever plans it has for Palm's technology, and most notably the newly acquired webOS platform. "With webOS, HP will deliver its customers a unique and compelling experience across smartphones and other mobility products," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. "This allows us the opportunity to fully engage in growing our smartphone family offering and the footprint of webOS." There has been plenty of speculation that webOS's footprint would include a tablet,... Read more...
Earlier, we reported that HP's CEO Mark Hurd indicated the company's purchase of Palm and its assets wasn't about cell phones. From the initial comments, it appeared that HP may be planning to ignore the phone market altogether and instead use the webOS platform for other devices such as tablet PCs and printers. For all of you who were worried there would be one less smartphone platform on the market, you can breathe a sigh of relief. HP released the following statement regarding their plans for webOS: When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP's small form... Read more...
Well, this will surely come as a disappointment to many, and it may honestly make others a bit excited. Hewlett-Packard, who decided to pony up just over $1 billion earlier in the year to acquire Palm and their assets, has now openly stated that the purchase wasn't about cellphones at all. On the surface, this doesn't make a lot of sense. Palm has always been known to consumers as a mobile device company, with the Treo and Pre/Pixi families being some of the company's most popular. And HP has been in the mobile device market for awhile now, mostly with the creation of Windows Mobile-based business smartphones. So why would HP spend over a billion dollars on a phone company, but not use the purchase... Read more...
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