Everyone's favorite news source FoxNews.com has obtained a spec sheet for a forthcoming PalmTablet today from "a trusted source." They've revealed that HP will introduce three models of a PalmPad at CES at the beginning of 2011, each of them with only minor hardware differences inside. Each of these tablets will run WebOS 2.5.1 and will represent a sort of spin-off of the magical mystical never-saw-daylight HP Slate. Also included in this upcoming series will be a fourth tablet (that won't be seen at CES) but will be "custom made for university students to prove how versatile the machines can be."
LG will bring its first webOS smart TV to CES next month, with the former Palm platform making its living room debut. The new TV will run webOS - which LG acquired from HP earlier this year - on a 2.2GHz dualcore processor, LG researcher Hong Sung-pyo confirmed this week, ZDNet Korea reports, though most other details are unknown.
If you say the name HP, most of us automatically think about computers. HP is one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world. The problem for HP is that the computer market is shrinking rapidly with declining sales in the face of the booming popularity of smartphones and tablets.
HP continues to work on its re-entry into the smartphone market, but is still yet to commit to a public roadmap after the painful and expensive webOS debacle left the firm with cellular egg on its face. "HP has to be in the game," Senior Director of Consumer PCs and Tablets for Asia-Pacific, Yam Su Yin, told the Indian Express, echoing comments made by HP CEO Meg Whitman last year.
This week former CEO of Palm Jon Rubinstein spoke up on Palm and the software and user interface elements the company created that are now being adopted industry-wide. For those that knew the mobile operating system webOS as created by the former company called Palm, the release of iOS 7 - as well as many other updates to OS' both mobile and desktop - the similarities to certain unique elements cannot be dismissed.
It was only a few years ago that a lot of people hoped Palm's WebOS would be the next big thing in the smartphone market. Unfortunately, the operating system proved to be unpopular and HP eventually purchased Palm and the operating system with big plans of building tablets powered by WebOS. The tablets proved unpopular leaving HP with a huge amount of money spent on Palm and very little return on that investment.
The former smartphone manufacturer and current PC giant HP has once again been reported to be dipping in to the smart mobile device market, this time running Android. HP is the once-proud purchaser of the smart device group by the name of Palm, having in the past created a collection of smartphones and one infamous tablet (the HP TouchPad) running a mobile operating system called WebOS. That plan went a bit sour, and this week's anonymous tipster lets the world know that HP may be hitting the mobile sector again, hard, this time with a tablet running Android on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor.
LG is tipped to be developing a webOS-based smart TV, using the open source platform in favor of Google TV, after concerns about the Android-base OS' momentum. The deal has seen LG dispatch engineers and prototype hardware to HP's Sunnyvale Gram facility, webOS Nation's source claims, with the goal of showcasing the first models at CES 2013 in January.
HP's purchase of Palm to get its hands on webOS was doomed from the start. HP was ultimately unable to do anything meaningful with the operating system. Rather than hold onto the defunct operating system, webOS went open source. Open webOS 1.0 is the open-source flavor of the operating system and it has been ported to boot on modern tablet hardware.
HP's TouchPad and Palm devices may be long and gone, but webOS (the mobile OS that these devices ran off of) has been alive and well despite its hardware extinction, mostly thanks to its open-source status. Open webOS, as its now called, went into beta in August, and now a month later, a final stable build is ready for consumption as version 1.0.