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, [...]
The world’s first GSM phone call was placed on July 1, 1991, when Finnish prime minister Harri Holkeri called Kaarina Suonio, mayor of Tampere city. Almost 21 years later Germany’s Security Research Labs has found that there’s a major security flaw in the system.
According to researchers, an attacker could gain remote control of GSM phones and send text messages or place calls. Billions of people are using GSM technology which accounts for more than 80% of the global market. The vulnerability discovered could expose each and every one of these devices and could [...]
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.
HP shocked the smartphone world in August when it abruptly announced plans to abandon the production of phones running its webOS platform. Since then, we’ve been wondering what the company would do with its webOS holdings; licensing the platform to other manufacturers was floated, but we never saw that direction go anywhere. At the end of November, the company met to discuss its plans for the future of webOS, and announced it would reveal its decision in the following two weeks. Today, HP has made good on that promise and revealed the fate of the operating system, which HP will [...]
As if today’s announcement from HP that it was releasing the code for webOS to the open source community wasn’t enough good news for die-hard fans of the platform (and maybe even some of those who never had a chance to check it out, but were always curious), the revelations continue thanks to an interview with HP CEO Meg Whitman and board member Marc Andreessen. This time the news is a double-edged sword, but the important takeaway is that HP is by no means done releasing webOS devices.
Whitman confirmed plans for new hardware exist, but there’s no set schedule [...]
More than three months have passed since HP officially killed webOS. HP’s CEO Meg Whitman said that the company “should announce our decision in the next two weeks”, which “is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo”.
There were several rumors around webOS, including those according to which HP would license it out. Also, in a rather interesting shift, HP’s new CEO — Meg Whitman replaced Leo Apotheker in September — said that if Apple’s iPads are regarded as PCs (according to Canalys) the [...]
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!
This past summer, popular music service Spotify finally became available to fans in the US. With all the licensing agreements worked-out with the labels, Spotify was officially open for business on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, things worked out quite nicely for US users, despite the wait, because they’re able to get an account that supports smartphones for a lower monthly cost than European users. So far, though, if you just wanted to casually check out the free version of the service in the US, you’d need an invitation. That’s all about to change, with plans [...]
Samsung is allegedly considering the acquisition of HP’s abandoned webOS platform, according to recent reports. HP has killed webOS on August 18 and Samsung has been previously rumored to acquire HP’s PC division (which turned out to be just a rumor for now).
According to a recent DigiTimes report, Samsung intends to purchase webOS from HP. Samsung has already lured in HP’s ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to handle Samsung’s PC sales and, according to “sources from notebook players”, the Korean phone-maker set an eye out for [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]