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webOS on every HP PC from 2012, as firm seeks its “lost soul”

webOS on every HP PC from 2012, as firm seeks its “lost soul”

"HP has lost its soul" CEO Leo Apotheker has admitted, continuing the new exec's self-flagellatory tour as he attempts to make the lumbering PC manufacturer more competitive. After confessing that HP innovation "takes too long to get to market" last month, Apotheker told Businessweek that he would look to webOS to refresh the company's PCs. As of 2012, every HP PC shipped "will include the ability to run webOS in addition to Windows."

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HP Touchpad caught in wild with SIM slot on show [Video]

HP Touchpad caught in wild with SIM slot on show [Video]

HP's webOS Touchpad tablet has escaped into the wild, flaunting its SIM card slot and frolicking with a first-gen iPad. Vietnamese site Tinhte scored the prototype, which hasn't yet been shown functioning, and dug around in its edge-mounted SIM reader.

Video demo after the cut

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HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

Maybe it's the fast-approaching iPad 2 making them cranky, but HP and RIM have taken time out of their busy schedules for a little back-and-forth over tablet UI design and the settling point of inspiration. HP kicked things off, telling LaptopMag that "from what we've seen in the market, there are some uncanny similarities" between the webOS UI on the HP Touchpad and the QNX interface on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Palm Pre Plus webOS 2.1 update already up and running on French phone

Palm Pre Plus webOS 2.1 update already up and running on French phone

Well, that didn't take long. O2 Germany only began pushing out the webOS 2.1.0 update for Palm Pre Plus handsets a few hours ago - complete with the stern warning that it was for the German model and no other - and already a doctored version is up and running on other models. Olivier Charavel got webOS 2.1.0 on his French Pre Plus, and the best news is that it grants the smartphone with a new lease of life.

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Palm Pre Plus gets webOS 2.1.0 update in Germany

Palm Pre Plus gets webOS 2.1.0 update in Germany

HP's suggestion that older webOS devices wouldn't be seeing 2.x updates seems to have been overly cautious: an upgrade to webOS 2.1.0 is now available for the Palm Pre Plus on O2 Germany. According to the support page, Pre Plus owners can punch their serial number into a webOS doctor to find out if they're eligible; unfortunately right now that means only O2 Germany handset owners get the update.

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HP TouchPad tablet shipping April tip suppliers

HP TouchPad tablet shipping April tip suppliers

When new HP CEO Leo Apotheker admitted that one of the company's key issues was pushing products out on time, we didn't expect any changes to impact eagerly-anticipated products like the HP TouchPad slate. Seems the fire Apotheker has lit under his engineers may be catching faster than expected, however; DigiTimes reports that HP will begin shipping the TouchPad in April 2011.

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HP Clarifies Plans To Expand WebOS On PCs

HP Clarifies Plans To Expand WebOS On PCs

Some have been wondering what HP meant during its “Think Beyond” event when launched a slew of webOS based devices and announced that it would "drastically expand" its webOS platform beyond smartphones and tablets. There was speculation that this meant the near future involved HP replacing Microsoft Windows on its laptops and desktops with webOS. However, HP clarified that this wasn’t the case and that instead they are seeking an improved integration of webOS with Windows.

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SG Comics Presents: Survivor Mobile OS

SG Comics Presents: Survivor Mobile OS

Mobile/tablet OS platforms are duking it out for survival as platform updates, new product launches, dubious alliances and speculations continue to brew. Android OS is increasingly dominating the marketplace, with Apple's iOS attempting to regain momentum and stirring up the media with plenty of rumors. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Nokia's Stephen Elop just made a surprise announcement last week to put Windows Phone 7 on future Nokia phones--seemingly a take-over of Nokia and an imminent demise for Symbian and MeeGo--a move that blindsided Intel and slighted Google. And still earlier last week HP/Palm introduced new phones and tablets to push their own webOS platform. The competition's getting rough. Can all the operating systems at least just allow us to truly multitask our apps for now?

Why Nokia’s CEO Chose Microsoft

Why Nokia’s CEO Chose Microsoft

In the end, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop really didn’t have a choice. When he surveyed the competitive landscape, he found that he was boxed into a corner. While Android might have looked attractive as an alternative for their fledgling smartphone business, to back it would make him just another Android licensee. And while he could have tapped into their software ecosystem, it would have been hard for him to differentiate at the hardware level and thus be thrust against the dozens of Android handset vendors chasing the growing smartphone market.

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HP TouchPad dropping June for $699?

HP TouchPad dropping June for $699?

HP is reportedly aiming for a June release of the TouchPad tablet, according to the latest leaks, with a price that undercuts Motorola's XOOM by $100. BGR's sources have tipped the launch window and a $699 sticker for the webOS slate, putting it at the beginning of HP's "summer 2011" suggestion.

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Is the Market too Crowded for webOS to be Successful?

Is the Market too Crowded for webOS to be Successful?

Let’s start off by remembering that the smartphone market is still relatively early. Even though it is one of the hottest topics around, smartphones as a whole still only represent less than 30% of the total global mobile phone market. That being said the smart phone market grew 75% last quarter alone and is expected to grow at that pace each quarter for the next few years.

Right now RIM, Apple and their iOS and a host of Android vendors dominate the smart phone sector. Windows Phone 7 is on the far fringe of this market and HP’s webOS devices still farther yet. So the real question is in a market dominated right now by three companies is there room for more? The short answer is yes and here is why.

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webOS 3.0 ENYO SDK Released to Developers

webOS 3.0 ENYO SDK Released to Developers

Yesterday was the biggest day HP / Palm have had in a long time, due in no small part to the release of webOS 3.0. This operating system will be working on the several new devices HP announced yesterday including the Palm3, the Veer, and the lovely TouchPad. Today developers for the webOS platform will be able to get their hands on the SDK of the system so they'll be able to begin testing their apps and whatnot out, and so they'll be able to begin creating all new ways to modify, manipulate, and use the new system to their advantage.

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