We have asked in the past if the market is too crowded for HP's Palm webOS to be successful. The answer to that question is still an unknown, but I think there is little room for webOS unless that software is tied with some very appealing hardware and the whole mess works very well together. From what I see, the hardware isn't that appealing in this device though. These are the first shots that have surfaced online of the Veer in white.
HP is apparently readying two self-branded media download stores for launch with the incoming HP TouchPad, the HP Music Store and HP Movie Store. According to an official presentation unofficially shared with PreCentral, the Music and Movie Stores won't just offer on-device downloads, but use a "smart algorithm" to handle intelligent caching.
Market researchers Gartner are predicting that, despite the growing competition from Android Honeycomb and other platforms, Apple's iPad will continue to dominate the "media tablet" ecosystem through 2015. The company estimates that Apple will still own over 47-percent of worldwide market share by 2015, with Android holding over 38-percent.
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."
Shiny shiny, shiny Apple iPad; whiplash tablet in the dark. Forgive the Velvet Underground, but sometimes it really does feel like being a masochist would make the iOS user experience easier to stomach. Yes, Apple's App Store may be the most bulging around, offering hundreds of thousands to titles whether you want to turn your iPad 2 into a recording studio, games machine or digital recipe book. Problem is, there's still no way to turn the iPad into a proper, multi-user, family tablet.
If you're interested in developing apps for the HP TouchPad, now's the time to get on board with HP. At the WebOS CONNECT event in London today, HP announced that they are releasing the WebOS 3.0 Beta SDK to their Early Access developers.
We've always been told that it's better to talk up your abilities than criticize those of your rivals, but it seems HP couldn't bottle up its Apple resentment any longer. HP exec Stephen DeWitt told CRN that Apple's poor commitment to its partners is their biggest weakness, describing its philosophy as "absurd" and suggesting that HP would be looking to create the equivalent of an "Elite" line in its webOS-based mobility products.
At a summit today in San Francisco, HP's CEO Leo Apotheker gave his first keynote since taking office to discuss the company's future strategy. HP is expanding beyond its PC and printer business with plans to focus more on cloud computing, connectivity, and software.
With the Nokia and Microsoft partnership, the once promising MeeGo OS has been relegated to research and development status with very little chance of ever becoming a mainstream platform. However, that doesn't stop developers from continuing to think up new UI concepts for the OS such as the one shown below, designed by Jozef Kocúr.
The HP Touchpad and a new 7-inch webOS tablet codenamed HP Opal are among multiple incoming slates included in a new retailer roadmap leak. According to the document, acquired by PreCentral, the Touchpad will drop in June priced between $499 for the 16GB model and $599 for the 32GB version.