Perhaps the biggest announcement of last week was the Palm Pre. Nobody expected a headline device from the company many presumed was months from extinction; it went on to be voted Best in Show together with taking the People's Voice Award. Now, as the dust from CES 2009 settles, we sum up exactly what makes this smartphone special.
Google has thrown in its lot with wireless charging, equipping the LG Nexus 4 with a companion desktop charging stand called the Wireless Charging Orb. A compact bubble finished in black plastic and rubber, and with a sliced-off docking plate that props the Nexus 4 up at an angle, the new dock will rejuice your Googlephone as well as hold it up for video viewing.
Ex-Palm CEO and current webOS lead at HP, Jon Rubinstein, has fired out an internal email of support to the TouchPad and webOS 3.0 teams at the company, urging them to keep faith in the product and platform despite mediocre day-one reviews. In the letter, leaked to PreCentral, Rubinstein cites early reviews of Mac OS X in which critics labeled it "sluggish" and derided its lack of apps, going on to say that "similarities to our situation are obvious."
July 1 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of HP buying Palm, and it's celebrating with the launch of webOS 3.0. Making its debut on the HP TouchPad, the company's big push for the consumer tablet market, but then headed to HP smartphones too, webOS 3.0 promises to take the simplicity, elegance and flexibility we've been praising in previous iterations of the platform, and bring it bang up to speed when compared to Android Honeycomb and the imminent iOS 5. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
We've been demanding a tablet running webOS for years now, and it's taken HP's new stewardship of the software to guide just that onto store shelves. Palm's mobile platform always seemed to good to be left solely to smartphones, and the HP TouchPad is the inevitable result. Problem is, the iPad has already made its presence well and truly known, dominating the consumer tablet market, and Android's Honeycomb drive gains OEM support by the week. Can the multitasking charms of webOS 3.0 promise the TouchPad a bright future, or is it simply a case of too late to the party? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
HP has confirmed that its TouchPad webOS tablet will launch in the US on July 1 2011, priced from $499.99 for the 16GB WiFi-only model. The 32GB version of the 9.7-inch slate will be priced at $599.99. Meanwhile, UK, Ireland, France and German availability will follow on "a few days later", before Canada gets the TouchPad in mid-July.
We loved the Verizon ThunderBolt by HTC's LTE speed, but hated the fact that, at full throttle, the smartphone could drain its battery in under four hours. Happily it seems easier ways to top up your charge are fast incoming: GottaBeMobile spotted a replacement Inductive Battery Cover for the ThunderBolt listed on the carrier's site.
Fujitsu has unveiled what the company is calling the "world's first truly wireless display," using a combination of cable-cutting wireless data and an inductive power system. Set to go on show at CeBIT 2011 this week, and expected to spawn commercial displays "within the next year," the Wireless 22-inch Fujitsu screens use SUPA (Smart Universal Power Access) hotspots built into desks, countertops and office panels.