Hewlett-Packard may or may not release two brand new smartphones by the end of 2013, reported The Information today by way of The Verge. That gives the computing company eight days to make rumors come true. The phones -- for which no leaked or officially sanctioned images exist to our knowledge -- are expected to be a 6-inch "phablet" and a 7-inch phablet.
As much as we rooted for it, webOS was unfortunately the little train that couldn’t. While HP have nixed plans to make any more hardware running the ill-fated operating system, they began open sourcing webOS earlier this year. Today they announced plans to release additional parts of webOS 3.0.5, which they’re calling a “Community Edition”.
The HP Pre 3 launched early last week in Europe as HP's first major webOS flagship phone, but it was received with very little fanfare. And before it even had a chance to arrive stateside, plans for the device in the US are now axed following Thursday's surprising announcement that HP will be discontinuing all webOS hardware.
Following earlier reports that HP will be discontinuing its webOS ecosystem of devices, including the Veer, Pre3, and TouchPad, an insider source has informed Thisismynext that the company will not be abandoning the platform entirely. The source revealed details from an all-hands meeting held with HP employees in the webOS Global Business Unit that indicate the platform could still live on through licensing.
Earlier today we received word that not only would HP be "spinning off" or completely separating from their PSG* division, they'd be completely stopping production of all webOS phones and the TouchPad tablet, as well as the webOS mobile operating system. Why on earth would they do such a thing when their PC division is the biggest in the world and their preliminary results of the third fiscal quarter of 2011 is at $31.2 billion, up from $30.7 billion the same quarter last year? We did a bit of research, soul searching, and listening in on the HP Q3 FY11 earnings call to get some answers and a better look at the future of Hewlett Packard.
A couple days back the support page for the Pre3 from HP hit the Orange website in Europe. There was no mention of when the phone would land though and how much it would cost. We still don't know what Orange will be offering the Pre3 for, but we do know what Palm Europe is selling the device for now. The Pre3 is up on the Palm Europe website for £299.
The HP Pre 3 was first unveiled back in February when we got our hands on it and generally liked what we saw. Most recently, it's been tipped that the Pre 3 will hit the UK by July 8 and now a new tip suggests that the handset will arrive stateside on Verizon and AT&T around July 21.
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.