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HP Bender Android smartphone appears in benchmark details

HP Bender Android smartphone appears in benchmark details

It appears that the HP smartphone is coming back to the universe with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich taking the wheel where webOS left off - that's what a benchmark discovered in the depths of odd product testing is telling us this week. What we're seeing here is a GLBenchmark set of test results that shows a device code-named Bender with the HP branding sitting right up top. Powering this device, if it is indeed a real device, that is, is a Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor as well!

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HP smartphone in pipeline confirms CEO

HP smartphone in pipeline confirms CEO

Having unceremoniously ditched its webOS phone strategy, HP is planning to release a new smartphone as a point of entry device for emerging markets, the company's CEO has revealed. "We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world, that is your first computing device" Meg Whitman told Fox Business News, though the chief exec did not say when the first new HP phone might be on the market, only that it wouldn't be a rush-job.

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Open webOS beta released today for developers

Open webOS beta released today for developers

The software running HP's now cult-classic TouchPad tablet as well as a range of smartphones has been released as Open webOS beta today. This beta release of the software will have developers able to access it using an Apache 2.0 license, and the development will commence immediately for 3rd party users looking to bring the system back to life after an ill-fated run over the past few years ended with HP cutting off their mobile hardware lineup.

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HP’s shattered Palm forms “GRAM”

HP’s shattered Palm forms “GRAM”

The folks at HP have decided to take the remains of what once was their smartphone-making sector (originally Palm) and re-form it into a group called GRAM. This wholly-owned subsidiary of HP has been confirmed to exist by sources speaking with AllThingsD where they've also got word that the webOS Nation-revealed internal letter tagged with the following was and is real as well: "Potent. Light. Nimble. At the core of all things big and small." This company is taking the place of HP's webOS Global Business Unit as well.

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HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP has disappointed and infuriated webOS device owners with the news that its official Open webOS platform - the open-source reincarnation of Palm's ill-fated OS - will not run on any existing devices. The news, confirmed by the Open webOS team, means those with a TouchPad, Pre, Pixi or other Palm/HP device won't be able to use HP's version of webOS moving forward; the company claims that's because of a lack of driver support for the specific hardware used.

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HP WindsorNot webOS phone ditched physical keyboard

HP WindsorNot webOS phone ditched physical keyboard

It’s hard not to still feel the pain over the demise of webOS, although maybe you can take comfort in the fact that HP was working until the very end on new devices. webOS Nation has unearthed a video from design company Transparent House that shows a webOS device without a portrait QWERTY keyboard. Both Palm and HP's webOS devices offered portrait QWERTY keyboards, but it looks like a full touch experience was being working on behind the scenes.

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HP releases webOS Community Edition for TouchPads

HP releases webOS Community Edition for TouchPads

It was a few months ago when we got word of HP’s plans to release something called a “Community Edition” as an added part to webOS 3.0.5. Now, webOS Community Edition has been released for use on legacy TouchPad tablets. Users will be able to learn how the TouchPad works, make modifications and then eventually apply what they’ve learned to Open webOS 1.0 in the future.

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A great Facebook app can’t beat a true Facebook Phone

A great Facebook app can’t beat a true Facebook Phone

Every few months, the Facebook Phone saga resurfaces with talk of a dedicated social device range, and as night follows day comes the suggestion that "a great Facebook app is all they need." All things being equal, it's a good argument: rather than step outside of the comfort zone of software development and attempt to figure the complexities of radio chipsets, mobile processors and carrier deals, Zuckerberg & Co. could focus on keeping the existing Facebook apps at the top of their game across iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Problem is, in the mobile market today, all things are certainly not equal.

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Google grabs HP webOS Enyo HTML5 team

Google grabs HP webOS Enyo HTML5 team

Google has quietly snatched up the HP team responsible for the webOS Enyo HTML5 project, it's been revealed, with the search giant expected to use their expertise in Android, ChromeOS and other products. Initially believed to be the bulk of the team, according to The Verge, then narrowed down to roughly half a dozen by AllThingsD - including project chief Matt McNulty - the ship-jumping was not apparently done all at once, but after a series of individual hires. However, HP says its open-source webOS plans are still on track.

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Woot offering 32GB HP TouchPad for $200

Woot offering 32GB HP TouchPad for $200

Missed out on the original HP TouchPad firesale? The ill-fated tablet gained a second lease on life once hackers started going to work on it and produced Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs. Fear not, you’ve got another chance to snag one: Woot is offering a refurbished 32GB HP Touchpad for $200. It’s one day only, and the deal is sure to catch fire, so you’ll have to move quickly.

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