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 [...]
So, you might’ve heard some news out of London recently. Samsung finally took the wraps off its new hotness, the Galaxy S III, and it looks to be packing quite a cool set of features. In many ways, the GSIII represents the best Samsung -and, to an extent, Android- has to offer.
As with every smartphone, its display will play a critical role in shaping its success. The debates have already begun in forums across the internet over how well or poorly the GSIII’s display will perform, the arguments peppered with terms like “S-AMOLED” and [...]
We’ve talked before about notifications being the essence of a mobile device. Half the reason for the existence of cellphones -and to a lesser extent, tablets- is to inform you of incoming comm traffic.
To that end, mobile devices are fitted with a variety of alert mechanisms. Ringtones have evolved from monotone beeps to polyphonic MIDIs to custom mp3s. The vibrating alert, that old veteran of the silent pocket prod, has remained largely the same. These two annunciators are common to most phones; with the exception of the occasional custom vibe schemes or extra-loud [...]
When Android first launched on the HTC Dream/G1 in 2008, it incorporated among its features a new notification paradigm: users could drag down from the top of the screen to reveal a “window shade” containing all new notifications.
When Apple stole drew inspiration from Android for iOS5’s notification center, it did what Apple does best: took an existing idea and implemented it in a new way. Today’s iOS users access their notifications just like their Android cousins do: by dragging down from the top of the screen.
Windows Phone 7’s approach [...]
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 [...]
Last week, I showed you how to install the CyanogenMod9-Alpha 0.6 build of Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the HP TouchPad. Seven days worth of using Google’s software on the ill-fated tablet have left me with a few observations to share. As a recovering webOS die-hard who’s carried the TouchPad since launch day, the experience was equal parts surreal and exciting, with one or two dollops of frustration and fear thrown in.
If you’re a fellow webOS expat, or if you’d just like to see what the CM9 experience is like for someone more used to flipping cards [...]
Apple and some others might disagree but you really can’t ignore the voice of the market! It sure looks like people want their smartphones to be as thin as possible with a screen size many would call “relatively large” or “beyond their sweet-spot”.
According to a recent Strategy Analytics survey, people in the U.K. and U.S. have spoken: they want screen sizes that measure anywhere between 4.0 and 4.5-inches in diagonal. This not only is contrary to Apple’s current trend of screen sizes but it also conflicts with a new direction: phablets. [...]
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 [...]
HP decided to make webOS open source back in December 2011 after plans for selling or licensing out the platform didn’t work out. However, HP’s CEO Meg Whitman still believes in the potential of the ex-Palm mobile platform, with a twist.
“We’re going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed system, Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with
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 [...]
Last month, HP revealed the ultimate fate of webOS, which, instead of ending up locked-away tight in the company’s IP vault, would see itself released for the first time as an open source project. Ultimately, that will give dedicated webOS fans that opportunity to continue evolving the operating system, as well as create opportunities for interested companies to manufacture new products based on the platform. Making sure that all its in-house webOS resources are ready to be released to the public is a serious undertaking for HP to bear, and it’s going to take some time. [...]
The last half-a-year has been a very uncertain time for users of webOS devices. Optimism for the Pre 3 was quickly derailed by HP’s announcement of its intent to cease further production of webOS hardware. That started-off a very tense time for users who had invested in the platform, but as the year wrapped-up, we learned of HP’s plans to make the platform open source, giving us hope that there may still be life for it, yet. Throughout all of this, HP has tried to stand-by its existing user base and show what support it could through the release of system updates. We heard [...]
$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, [...]