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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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
After taking a closer look at the hardware of the cute HP Veer 4G, we wanted to spend some time diving into the software. Not surprisingly, the Veer 4G feels much like a Pre 2 since both devices run the latest version of WebOS, v2.1. This means that you get the newish features of WebOS, like stacks, and the ability to customize your application panels.
The Veer 4G, like the Pixi and Pixi Plus, feels underpowered. At times the device can become unstable and slow, sometimes requiring a soft-reset. And performance isn’t predictable: sometimes the slowness will happen when [...]
After unboxing the diminutive WebOS-powered HP Veer 4G for AT&T, we wanted to spend more time taking a closer look at its hardware. In terms of specs, the Veer 4G bumps all specs when compared to the Pixi and Pixi Plus: you get an 800MHz Scropion CPU with 512MB of RAM, plus 8GB ROM for storage. The screen is a mere 2.6″ and 400×320 resolution. Weighing in at 103 grams, the Veer 4G is also one of the lightest smartphones out there right now. It’s available now on AT&T for $50 in white or black.
Beyond specs, build quality is high. The keys of the [...]
The result of HP trying to “veer” away from the trend for larger-screened devices is the Veer 4G on AT&T. Billed as the smallest smartphone on the planet, the Veer 4G is capable of HSPA+ Category 10 speeds on AT&T, meaning it can do a maximum theoretical 14.4Mbps down in optimum conditions. WebOS fans will know the Veer to be the proper successor to the Palm Pixi Plus. Though in making the next-generation dwarf WebOS device, HP went with a form factor that is very similar to the Pre 2: the Veer has a slide-down keyboard with small and clicky keys, plus it has a [...]
We know that webOS users wanted to be able to do some editing for the documents up on Google Docs right from the web without any other applications involved and it looks like your prayers have been answered!
If you are running an HP Palm smartphone with really any version of webOS — webOS 1.4.5 confirmed — you are now able to do the editing online, on the web, for both documents and spreadsheets. You might see some missing features (cloud printing) or some features not working as they should but the glitches will hopefully be ironed out soon. You still need to get [...]
HP’s Veer 4G may be pushing the limits of how small a smartphone can get while still maintaining some degree of usability, but there’s no arguing with how impressive it seems to fit a full-fledged smartphone into such a tiny package. While the Veer’s form factor is going to get it a lot of attention, it will need more than looks or a gimmick to attract sales, especially with webOS hardly carrying the brand recognition of something like Windows Phone 7 or Android. A great price could end up serving as the clincher to make the smartphone’s upcoming launch a [...]
We first heard of the HP Veer 4G when Mini Coopers advertised it and since then we’ve got our hands on some white Veer 4G renders. AT&T announced officially today that the Veer 4G will be available on May 15.
The smallest full-featured HP webOS smartphone to date features HP webOS 2.1, an 800Mhz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 processor, 2.6-inch display with 320×400 resolution, slide-down QWERTY keyboard, five-megapixel camera, 8GB internal storage (~6.1GB available), Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, Tri-band UMTS: 850/1900/2100; HSDPA Cat 10/HSUPA Cat 6, Quad-band GSM/EDGE [...]
It looks like the HP Veer 4G, a.k.a. Palm Veer, will be coming to AT&T — as suspected — in the currently-popular shade of white. So far, we’ve only seen Veer in all black — in fact, this would be the first white webOS device, period, to our knowledge. Actually, like most “white” handsets these days, this one looks to be more of a two-tone; thanks to a recent interview featuring Apple’s Phil Schiller and Steve Jobs, we now know that there are several challenges in building a phone with a white face, including sensors not functioning [...]
Palm introduced the HP Veer back at the beginning of February with its cute little face, webOS 2.1, HSPA+ data, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Just recently, Mini Coopers have been spotted promoting the HP Veer 4G with the motto “Small is the New Big”.
HSPA+ speeds were known since the announcement and it looks like AT&T is ready to start promoting the smartphone — using its naming convention — as the Veer 4G. The trend is general with other devices having 4G names (think Inspire 4G, Atrix 4G, EVO 4G, Thrill 4G, etc.) so the tiny Veer [...]
We didn’t hear much about the HP Veer since the manufacturer has announced it back at the beginning of February and we somehow missed it cute little form factor. According to the latest buzz, HP is planning a launch event for May 2 and the Veer is the first one invited.
There’s a page inviting people to a May 2 Los Angeles HP Veer Launch party and it’s safe to assume that we can now replace the “coming soon” label with a “coming very soon” one. The May 2 event appears to be a business-to-business one but the May 12 event hosted by [...]
HP’s Veer is testament to just how much phone you can cram into how tiny a package. While that’s caused some concessions to be made (like an abandonment of traditional jacks in favor of an awkward series of magnetic adapters), the company has ultimately managed to squeeze a smartphone – and one with a QWERTY keyboard at that – into a package with the profile of a credit card. Up until now we’ve only hear “early spring” as for when to expect the webOS device, but now O2 Germany has given us what looks like plausible date for a European release, [...]
This week, HP introduced two new smartphones: the mini-slider Veer and the successor to the Pre line, the Pre3. Today, the two devices are being shown off in videos emphasizing on the looks as well as the features they will bring to owners.
The miniature Veer sports 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 2.6-inch 320 x 400 sub-HVGA screen, five-megapixel camera and 910 mAh battery. The Pre3 on the other hand is packing a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8×55 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 3.6-inch WVGA screen, 8GB and 16GB configurations for storage as well as a 1,230 mAh battery. Check the devices [...]
HP’s just-announced Veer manages to squeeze a full smartphone experience into one of the tiniest packages you’ll find, making it look great for someone who wants a powerful phone that won’t take up all their pocket space. Obviously, when you’re shrinking hardware down to this level, certain sacrifices need be made; consider the downsized 910 mAh battery. HP may be going too far, though, as the Veer will have neither a USB nor headphone jack, requiring the use of external magnetic adapters.
The adapters use their magnets to stay in place while electrically [...]
Turns out that HP’s trademarking of the name “Veer” wasn’t a coincidence, as today, the company revealed the new miniature QWERTY slider that’s as small in the face as a credit card.
Powered by the new 800MHz Snapodragon MSM7230 processor and webOS 2.1, the Veer features HSPA+ data, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Veer is coming “early spring,” although carriers and pricing have yet to be announced; AT&T is a likely candidate with that HSPA+ radio on board.
Screen size is just 2.6 inches, with a 320 x 400 [...]