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    After HP's move to abandon webOS, it is just normal to fear that current phones will be left without support but the manufacturer is proving it wrong as we speak. The recently available HP Pre 3, which we unboxed, has received an over-the-air update. The system refresh bumps version numbers of webOS to 2.2.0 build 3171 but other than that, it's not quite certain what exactly has been changed. According to reports, the built-in help is working and there appear to be some improvements to the e-mail section. If you've got the update and installed, let us know what changes or improvements ...

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    It's hardly surprising that, following HP's news last week that it would discontinue manufacturing webOS hardware, plenty of folks started reacting like rats on a sinking ship; we just saw retailers over the weekend price down TouchPad tablets to the point where they were practically giving them away. While there's a good chance we'll never see another webOS smartphone or tablet, there's still some future left for the platform, with the company announcing its intent to continue supporting webOS smartphones with software updates, to give the Pre 3 a limited release, and to bring the ...

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    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 might want to take advantage of HP's move and turn ...

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    HP's never had it easy when it comes to webOS, purchased when it acquired Palm last year. Both Palm's earlier webOS devices, and those since released by HP, have struggled to find their niche in a heavily-saturated smartphone marketplace. Lately, though, things have been looking a little up, with the Pre 3 quietly launching in Europe, and a recent poll showing customer tablet preference for the TouchPad as second only to the iPad. Whatever momentum may have been building is now shot, with the company revealing today that it plans to cease development of webOS tablets and smartphones. The ...

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    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 getting Plus designations as part of a ...

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    Ever since HP acquired Palm, the company has been struggling to make webOS smartphones work; will the Pre 3 finally be the device to capture the public's eye? We should find out shortly, thanks to the phone unexpectedly launching in Europe. Earlier this week we saw the European Pre 3 made available for pre-order, and were expecting it to be another couple weeks before the handset actually started shipping out to customers. Since then, though, HP has updated its online store to reflect that the smartphone is presently available, shipping in 1-2 days. Retail partners have also started ...

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    Its been so long since HP Announced their future Pre 3, that I bet people already think it was launched and nobody cared. After the TouchPad and Veer flopped, it could've seemed obvious, but as it stands, it's still delayed, and possibly destined to make its initial debut in the UK. The Orange UK support site was recently updated to show some love for the device, so as long as they don't end up pulling the page, we can bet it'll be launched some time this month. The device is currently being offered under the already know specs that include 512MB of RAM, the options for 8 to 16GB of ...

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    While being frustrated by all of the various instant messaging clients available for mobile devices and PCs, I noticed that the majority of the people I know were often available on Facebook chat. I had been thinking about this for a while and recently I noticed the same thoughts expressed by Zack Wittaker over at Zdnet. There's no need for Blackberry Messenger anymore, everybody you know is on Facebook and Facebook chat is supported by all major operating systems on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Blackberry Messenger only ever worked on Blackberry devices. You ...

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    Where, oh where, is HP's Pre 3? The company revealed the smartphone all the way back in February. While the HP Veer has come to market since then, the Pre 3 remains elusive. Pre-orders have been open for the smartphone's European launch, and though we last expected them to start shipping in mid-July, that did not come to pass. While we're still not sure exactly when the Pre 3 will become available, at least we now have a windows more specific than "summer", with an HP exec revealing the smartphone will make its retail debut in Europe this month. Delays for the Pre 3 are nothing new; prior ...

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    For the time being, if you want to check out the latest version 3.0 of webOS, you have to do so on a TouchPad, just as Android Honeycomb is relegated to tablet status. It looks like HP may be considering plans to bring the OS (or at least parts of it) to the smaller screens of smartphones, with the revelation that the webOS 3.0 virtual keyboard contains a mode for smartphone use. When scaling down the screen size in the webOS developer emulator to something more appropriate for a smartphone, the system automatically replaces the virtual keyboard with one that has a layout optimized for a ...

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    A few days ago Brandon postulated that HP's Web OS would die unless they license WebOS and let third party manufacturers begin making devices based on the OS, much like Google does with Android. The Pre3 is just around the corner and should be sporting a higher resolution screen, faster processor, and all around improvements. Brandon feels the "problem" with WebOS is that it is being made by one company who is also making one smartphone at a time -- with new hardware coming out every six or more months. That's all true. Android and Windows Phone have many manufacturers cranking out ...

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    Hewlett Packard's Pre 3 is nearly upon us, with US sales anticipated to begin later in July, and HP accepting pre-orders for the smartphone in Europe, shipping soon. Is it too late, though, for a little hardware revision? A page on HP's site suggests that the Pre 3 may be in store for a new processor. We've been expecting the Pre 3 to run a single-core 1.4GHz chip, but a specs page for the Pre 3 in the UK is showing the smartphone running a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon. Could we be looking at regional differences in how the smartphone is configured, possibly addressing supply-chain issues ...

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    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 from Sprint and the carrier itself made ...

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    Last month, we heard a rumor that HP was working on some sort of cloud-based music system for its smartphones, presumably in response to all the Google Musics and Amazon Cloud Players for other platforms. Then, along with the TouchPad's documentation, we saw reference to something called HP Play, but still weren't sure if this was the same service we had heard about, and still didn't have any idea just how it was supposed to work. Now, the first beta version of the app is out for the PC, but it's not exactly what we were expecting. HP Play will scan your computer for music to import into ...

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    Earlier this year, it was looking as if Europe would have its hands on HP's Pre 3 by now, with pre-orders for the smartphone open since May, in preparation for a late June launch. With June come and gone, when will the Pre 3 finally materialize? HP has since added Pre 3 pre-orders to its own website (our prior experience with them was through Amazon), taking orders for the webOS handset with plans to start shipping in a couple weeks. HP's direct pricing for the Pre 3 matches what we saw with Amazon, costing you the equivalent of about $640. The company marks the smartphone as "currently ...

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    It's no secret that Hewlett Packard is open to the idea of talking to other hardware manufacturers about the possibility of licensing webOS for use in their products; CEO Leo Apotheker said as much several weeks back. At the time, the comment seemed more theoretical than anything, but it's starting to seem like there might be something to such a partnership, as Apotheker continues to discuss such possibilities and a new rumor emerges that Samsung has been in discussions with HP regarding this sort of licensing. Both HP and Samsung had no comment on the rumors, but Bloomberg reports that a ...

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    Wow; that was fast! Angry Birds Seasons: Summer Pignic only hit our radar yesterday, teasing us with a short video showing off some of the new summer-themed levels for the hit game. We figured this would be no different from other times Rovio revealed some upcoming levels for one of its Angry Birds titles, and we'd be in for a couple weeks of waiting, before seeing the update start to show up on all the supported platforms. This is one of those times we're happy to have our expectations proven wrong, since Rovio has already released Summer Pignic, giving you 30 new levels to try your ...

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    Rovio's been no slouch when it comes to providing gamers level after new level of Angry Birds action. We've recently seen updates for the original Angry Birds, as well as the movie-tie-in Angry Birds Rio, but it's been a couple months since there's been any new level packs ready for Angry Birds Seasons. The follow-up to the Easter Eggs has now been revealed, with Summer Pignic on the way. Oddly, for a title that's been so focused on levels with associations to specific holidays, this looks like it will be the first update to actually identify itself with an entire season. It's not like ...

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    We heard a rumor last week that HP was planning on getting in on some of this cloud-based music action that's so hot right now, supposedly meeting with labels to work out the licensing issues. It's still not exactly clear just what form this service will take, but some newly-revealed information suggests that it could be called HP Play. HP has much of the support documentation for the TouchPad tablet already available online, including a PDF marked "HP CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION". Among the tablet's specifications, we can find mention of HP Play, described as a system where you "sync your ...

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    Fans of webOS may have the diminutive Veer to help tide them over, but for many of them, the Pre 3 is the model they've really been looking forward to. We've been following the phone's progress towards its release, putting in appearances at the FCC with both CDMA and GSM versions. Some new information from a couple sources now places the smartphone's release in late July, as well as reveals the Pre 3 will have Skype integration, including video chat via its front-facing camera. The only carrier whose rumored release has a date attached to it is Verizon, where the Pre 3 is said to arrive on ...

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    Is 2011 going to be the year when NFC finally makes its mark as a viable smartphone technology? The hardware, though limited in its availability, is out there. Software like Angry Birds Magic and Google Wallet will finally give you something useful to do with that hardware, above and beyond just scanning static tags. Clearly, Android is on-board for NFC support, as is Symbian, and we've heard rumors about WP7 and iOS planning to join the party. The latest to catch the NFC fever may be Hewlett-Packard, with rumors that the company will be bringing the tech to webOS smartphones. Bloomberg ...

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    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 like to believe that all these ...

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    From Apple's cloud-based extension to iTunes coming in iOS 5, to Google Music and the Amazon Cloud Player for Android, streaming your music from a personal digital locker is the hot new way to get your entertainment on a smartphone. Not to be outdone by the big boys, HP is reportedly thinking about getting into the cloud music business itself, meeting with record labels to negotiate plans for a webOS streaming music platform. Billboard cites "multiple sources at the major labels" claiming that HP has been reaching out to see about licensing issues. Right now, there aren't supposed to be ...

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    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 the review coming up shortly. Source: FCC Via: ...

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    When it comes to webOS, for now at least, Hewlett Packard is the only name in town. Ever since the company's purchase of Palm, webOS has been synonymous with HP. That need not be the case forever, as apparently the company is open to the idea of licensing its operating system to other smartphone manufacturers, as revealed today by CEO Leo Apotheker. Apotheker was speaking at the D9 conference, where he talked about the possibilities for the integration of webOS into consumer electronics beyond just smartphones. Appliances, for instance, could be networked together and use webOS to ...

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