Before the release of Apple’s newest tablet, when we were all still calling it the “iPad 3,” there was the usual tempest of rumor and speculation regarding the new device. Some of this scuttlebutt, like the Retina display, proved to be true. Other unverified claims, like quad-core processors and an 8MP camera, didn’t.
My favorite rumor at the time, because I didn’t care much about either tablet cameras or CPU core count, was that Apple would be eliminating the home button on its new iPad, leaving a clean uninterrupted bezel all the way around the [...]
Devotees of the webOS ecosystem learned long ago not to underestimate the power of a motivated homebrew community. It was grassroots efforts like webOS-Internals that unlocked the potential of the platform and earned the respect and endorsement of Palm, and later HP.
It should come as no surprise, then, that a group of similarly talented but differently motivated developers have come together for the common goal of altering yet another webOS device: the diminutive HP Veer. This time, though, their goal isn’t to modify webOS, but to replace it- with [...]
I’d like 2012 to know something: I’m fine without Back to the Future’s hover-skateboard, or the Jetsons’ flying car. I can even survive with the knowledge that the “Human Bird Wings” video is a fake. As I may have mentioned before, I grew up watching Star Trek. The moment I was able to start carrying a communicator and a tricorder wherever I went, “the future” became “the present,” and my life was basically complete. Aim high, kids.
What I can not brook, however, is the tech world’s continued insistence that wires [...]
When HP dumped the TouchPad in spectacular fashion with a bargain-basement firesale last fall, hobbyists flocked to eBay, Amazon, and Best Buy to snag their piece of heavily-discounted tablet hardware. Some of these buyers were just looking for a cheap tablet; others were webOS fans hoping to stock up on some long-term backups for their favorite platform; and still others had a different dream. They wanted a cheap but well-specced tablet on which to run Android.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the CyanogenMod Team, that dream has finally been willed into reality. And while [...]
Jon Rubinstein left Apple to take over Palm and after HP’s acquisition of the company he was on board with Hewlett-Packard. He left the company after completing his commitment to stay 12-to 24-months. “Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well”, said HP’s Mylene Mangalindan.
“I am going to take a well-deserved break after four and a half years of developing webOS”, Rubinstein said. He worked hard on the iPod team over at Apple until he joined Roger McNamee in 2006 as the two created Elevation Partners. Jon Rubinstein became CEO of [...]
$1.2 billion was the amount HP spent on acquiring Palm, together with webOS, back in April 2010 and allegedly it’s the same amount the company asked for when it tried to sell before killing webOS and turning it open source.
According to Paul Mercer, former senior director of software at Palm, there was little hope for webOS from the very beginning. “Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using Web technology, and we just weren’t able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design”, he added, before saying that [...]
HP bought Palm for $1.2 billion at the end of April 2010 and it apparently tried to sell for the exact same amount, before making webOS open source. According to recent reports HP didn’t want to lose anything from the Palm deal but officials declined to comment.
The fact is that Palm’s value was decreasing fast despite new products like the Pre3, Veer and Touchpad, making it simply impossible to sell at the same price. $500 million would have made it more likely to sell according to reports, but HP wasn’t allegedly willing to go that low. At one point, [...]
Despite what HP has done to webOS in the past month, those of you out there rocking an HP Pre3 will be lucky to find out that there is an update rolling out to your devices over-the-air.
The new webOS 2.2.4 refresh weighs anywhere between 29MB to 9MB, depending on whether your phone is on AT&T, Verizon or in Europe. So what’s in the package? A “variety of software improvements”, as described by HP themselves, meaning the refresh will likely fix a couple of issues users were having; it’s a general bugfix release but nonetheless welcome.
What will HP end up doing with webOS and its Palm holdings? After announcing intents to essentially abandon the platform (excluding the possibility of its use in embedded systems, or licensing it out), there’s been a lot of speculation over what would become of it. We may be about to find out, as HP is reportedly holding a meeting tonight to make up its mind about webOS.
Things kicked-off about half an hour ago, and while we haven’t heard of any big decisions being made just yet, CEO Meg Whitman has been quoted discussing the uncertainty HP feels over how to proceed. [...]
This is a rather sad moment not only for (HP-)Palm fans but for those who live in our world as HP has decided to close Palm stores for good. They will not open anymore.
The decision came after HP pulled the plug on webOS and now the company stores are displaying the above sign (and some more at the source link). The closing day was marked by insanely cheap and deep discounted prices for devices and accessories which went as low as $50 for the HP Veer, $25 for Pixi units or even $15 if someone got four devices, and $2.50 for the Palm Touchstone. End of chapter!
Even though we intended it to be an April’s fool joke last year — when we said Microsoft was going to buy Palm and rebrand webOS to Windows Phone 7 — this is as close as it gets.
Microsoft is offering free Windows Phone developer devices and tools for former webOS developers, after HP has pulled the plug on the mobile platform. The information comes from Microsoft’s Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development, Brandon Watson’s Twitter account.
With recent webOS being dumped news and the upcoming Windows Phone Mango release, Microsoft [...]
Today’s news from HP marks what looks like the end of an era, with the company deciding to throw in the towel on webOS-based smartphones. The platform has only been around for about a couple years, starting with rumors of something called “Nova” that Palm was working on. We got a proper name for the project with Palm announcing webOS and the Palm Pre at CES 2009.
By summer, Palm had launched the original Pre QWERTY slider. The Pixi gave users an option with a non-slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Early 2010 brought news of upgrades to the Palm and Pixi, both [...]
While the HP Pre 3 is on pre-order in Europe and shipping mid-July it should also be making its entrance on the U.S. market sometime this month. According to recent rumors though, it appears that it will not come to Sprint!
According to an un-named source, the HP Pre 3 is not coming to Sprint at all and, for what it’s worth, there are no planned future HP devices headed to the carrier yet. There’s no information on which of the two parties took the final decision — or whether it was a mutual consent — but HP didn’t see the sales numbers it expected [...]
Users of unlocked HP/Palm Pre 2 smartphones already received their share of webOS 2.1 at the beginning of March but those that are currently Verizon subscribers sporting the Pre 2 smartphone are just getting the refresh being pushed out to their devices.
The 2.1 version of webOS to hit Verizon Pre 2 smartphones brings Exhibition (turning the Pre 2 into a clock, photo frame or agenda while docked), voice dial, support for Bluetooth keyboards, E-mail fixes, Backup changes, Security fixes and more. Check with the Updates app to see if the refresh is ready for your particular [...]
Hewlett Packard has applied for trademark protection on six brandings that suggest it will be expanding its family of webOS-powered TouchPad tablets. The applications, whose goods and services descriptions are both broad and identical, include:
TouchPadFlex TouchPadPro TouchPadTwin TouchPadGeo TouchPad7 TouchPadGo
Obviously the connotations here are pretty tantalizing: Seven-inch followup to the original 10-inch slate? (Very likely.) Keyboard-equipped model? Hinged design a la the Sony S2? Perhaps even a product with rollable or flexible display? While we’d [...]
The HP Palm Pre 3 for Verizon has recently passed FCC and the AT&T application tipped a webOS 2.3 feature but this time it’s one more time for the Pre 3 to visit FCC.
It seems like a European GSM version of the HP Pre 3 visited FCC and got certified. So there we have everything that matters covered, AT&T, Verizon and European bands all passing FCC. Now all we need is the smartphone itself but if you just can’t wait for the Pre 3, take a look at the tiny Veer 4G if you’re on AT&T. We’ve got the unboxing, hardware and software tour ready with [...]
Now that cellphone image sensors have evolved beyond the dark days of sub-megapixel blockiness, photo quality has become an important determinant when choosing among handsets. To that end, we’ve collected sample shots from some upcoming models, hopefully giving you a basic idea of what to expect when you release the shutter. Of course, as we’ve noted before, test shots from pre-release devices often don’t represent the output from shipping products: camera firmware, which plays just as important a role as sensor quality, is often tweaked right up until the last [...]