webOS news this morning, with two leaked devices seemingly confirming that HP has a keyboard-free handset in the works, as well as that the Pre3 is most likely headed to Verizon. PreCentral's tipster sent them a couple of shots to tease the imagination; firstly what's rumored to be the HP Stingray, described as "an EVO with webOS."
For those of you much more interested in the webOS aspect of this article, you must forgive me, as I've got not only a healthy addiction to the mise on scene of music videos, but also the awesome implications of cross-branding. What we're looking at here is a video for rapper / producer Dr Dre's newest single "I Need a Doctor." In this video you'll see not only an HP TouchPad, not only an HP Pre3, but a very visible demonstration of webOS' new "Touch to Share" functionality. What you'll see the two sharing is medical information about the artist who in the video is receiving futuristic care for a terrible car crash he's suffered. This is not the first time Dr Dre has supported an HP product (think Beats by Dre,) but it is the first time one of these products has carried webOS.
HP CEO Leo Apotheker has admitted that one of the main issues the company faces is reducing the amount of time between development, product announcement and retail sales. Speaking to the WSJ, Apotheker admitted that "we need to fire up our innovation engine and get our products to market faster"; however, there's no sign that the acceleration will kick in in time for the HP TouchPad.
Today was HP / Palm / webOS day, believe it or not, as the special event we were very much live at revealed a triad of amazing devices crowned with a brand new version of the mobile OS. See webOS inside our hands on of the HP Veer, the HP Pre3, and the HP Touchpad. Then hear about webOS PCs, printers & more as they're promised by HP. See the greatest webOS feature EVER in Touch to Share. See Ben Bajarin's take on the whole situation in an On Time Analysis by the name of Palm Made HP Relevant Again Plus check out all the releases in the featured list below! Then see a couple of fights - first HP webOS TouchPad VS Motorola XOOM, then Apple iPad vs HP TouchPad - great war Next have a look at a phone that's got the whole world thinking about plugging in, it's a fabulous unboxing and hands on of the Motorola ATRIX 4G by your friend Vincent Nguyen! Take a peek at the bouncing balls of the brand new Android 3.0 Honeycomb Renderscript. All of this, ALL of it here on The Daily Slash!
The Pre was groundbreaking for Palm, the Pre 2 was too little, too late, and so the Pre3 has a big challenge ahead of it. Happily, under HP's tutelage, the third-generation webOS smartphone has evolved into something of a powerhouse. Faster, larger and more usable than before; check out our hands-on feedback with the HP Pre3 after the cut.
It feels like we've been waiting for the HP TouchPad ever since we first used webOS, making no bones of the fact that Palm's platform seemed tailor-made for larger screen tablets. The wait has been worth it; we've just been checking out the TouchPad after HP's launch event, and it's a slick, solid slate on which webOS scales nicely.
HP may have a new range of webOS devices today - the HP Veer, HP Pre3 and HP TouchPad - but that's not the end of its ambitions for the platform this year. The company has confirmed that it plans to put webOS on other connected devices, including printers (which we've already heard talk of) and, eventually, to the PC.
Amazon has announced its latest Kindle app, this time targeted specifically at HP's new TouchPad tablet. As on the iPad, Android and other platforms, the Kindle for webOS TouchPad app will allow for "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" reading and purchase of ebooks from Amazon's webstore.
We've been calling for a webOS-based tablet for years now, and HP has finally delivered with the HP TouchPad. The first of a new HP webOS TouchPad tablet family, it has a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 capacitive touchscreen and dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, squeezed into a 242 x 190 x 13.7 mm chassis weighing around 740g. It will also help debut the next-generation of Touchstone wireless peripherals and webOS 3.0.
HP's big surprises - the HP Pre3, HP Veer and HP TouchPad - may have been revealed already, but that doesn't mean we're not interested in what the company has done in terms of webOS today. SlashGear is on-site and waiting for the event to begin, and while there's no sign of any Palm logos, we're still expecting plenty of Palm DNA in the line-up.