When HP announced the TouchPad at their press event, they also proclaimed it would be shipping with a new release of webOS their operating system based on Linux and web technologies. They’ve recently opened up their webOS 3.0 Developer Beta and are providing exclusive access to the new SDK which comes bundled with an emulator. The PreCentral blog has posted screen captures of some of the features in webOS 3.0 including a change from Google Maps to Bing Maps, a new spacious and glorious looking virtual keyboard and a very plain looking Messaging and Music interface.
Bing Maps has replaced the aging and old Google Maps app on webOS. Many webOS users complain about the slow functionality of Google Maps on their devices, hopefully this allows for the much needed faster interface as well as leveraging their existing partnerships for an overall better experience.
HP has also enabled the previously hidden virtual keyboard (all their currently available devices have physical keyboards) showing off a full 5 rows, complete with size adjustment and what looks like a button that moves the cursor to the next text field for input.
Both the Messaging and Music applications are very sparse looking, granted they are not filled up with any content. The Music player has a very minimalistic feel that provides straight forward and quick access to playback controls as well as playlist and song selection. The Messaging application uses their very popular Synergy service that integrates multiple IM services into one seamless view. Contacts on the left and content on the right, it’s very clean and concise.
The TouchPad is rumored to be available by June 2011 and coming in at a $699 price point puts it head to head with some of the competition including the Blackberry Playbook, iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Hopefully webOS can shine through with the existing multitasking and integration features as well as building up their ecosystem and App Catalog.
The HP Pre 2 has been on select few U.S carriers for a small amount of time now and with the recent announcement of the Pre 3 and Veer, it seems that carriers are looking to clear house to make way for some of the new and upcoming smartphones. Getting new consumers and developers onto the platform is a good way to build a user-base for future devices, including the TouchPad which also runs webOS and pairs quite well with a Pre 3 and it’s Touch-to-Share capabilities
The Pre 2 is now available from Verizon for the low price of $49.99 on a 2-year contract. Unfortunately the original carrier that ushered Palm in, Sprint, is not currently offering subsidy on the Pre 2, nor are they actually carrying it. In Europe, it’s only available off-contract for a hefty price of £399 from HP or from warehouse retailers who will bundle it with a plan and give you an unlocked device. In Canada, Rogers is purported to be offering all current smartphones for their regular 36 month contract prices with an added $100 discount putting the Pre 2 available for the scoffable price of absolutely freeâ€¦with a 3-year contract, that is.
WebOS is one of the newest platforms to make it bigin the wireless world, with a growing App Catalog, a thriving grassroots following of homebrew and hackers alike. According to comScore reports as of January 2011, their research on the U.S Mobile Subscriber Market Share show that Palm (now rebranded to HP) had the lowest point change in subscribers and is trailing with a 3.2% share in the market. HP is slowly but surely gnawing away at the revival and their future of everybody having a smartphone in the palm of their hand.
At the beginning of this month, HP announced a slew of new webOS based devices including three handsets and a tablet. The company also announced that the Palm Pre Plus won’t get the update to the latest version of webOS i.e. v2.1.
Now, in a surprise move, HP has rolled out the webOS 2.1 OTA (Over-The-Air) firmware package for the O2 branded Pre Plus handsets in the U.K as well as in Germany. Palm Pre Plus owners who love to tinker around with their phone can download and install the update manually as well.
The update has been confirmed to work on unlocked Pre Pre Plus handsets as well. Sadly, the update won’t work on CDMA based Pre Plus handsets.
The latest version of webOS will bring with it more than 50 changes on-board including voice dialing, better memory management and improved multi-tasking. Palm Pre Plus owners can download the latest version of HP webOS doctor from here. The software will then update your Pre Plus to the latest version of webOS.
It is still unknown whether HP/Palm will release a webOS 2.1 OTA update for the CDMA based Pre Plus handsets in the United States.
Back in October, HP announced the first smartphone which runs on the HP’s latest webOS 2.0 operating system. HP Pre 2 is the successor of the popular Palm Pre smartphone. This handset is already available in many countries including the UK, Germany, Canada, Russia, etc. Sadly, this handset was delayed in the US for some unknown reasons. The wait is finally over. HP Pre 2 is currently available for purchase in the US, exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless.
HP Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 320Ã—480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz p rocessor, webOS 2.0 operating system, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 3G Connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16 GB internal memory, 512 RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Microsoft Exchange, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and so on.
HP Pre 2 allows you to buy and download music using the Amazon MP3 app when on a Wi-Fi hotspot. This handset also supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging from the US to anywhere in the world. HP Pre 2 is currently available for just $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two years service agreement.
A new rumor says that HP’s new webOS tablet, which was unveiled on February 9 at HP’s webOS press event, will be priced at $699, which is quite close to the iPad, and less than what the Motorola Xoom is to be priced at. The pricing seems decent, but a lower price point would have helped HP a lot more if it really wants to make a dent in the iPad’s market share.
BGR‘s sources also point that HP will be launching the TouchPad by the end of June 2011, which should send it straight into war with the likes of the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Apple iPad 2, Blackberry Playbook and just about every other promising tablet announced at CES and even those which are expected to be unveiled at MWC.
The HP TouchPad is a very promising tablet which runs webOS 3.0. It offers very tight integration with webOS based devices like the Palm Pre 3. It comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and offers 1 GB RAM. It also has a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It also comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. It has a 1.3 MP front facing camera as well, for video calling. The Wi-Fi only version of the TouchPad will likely be priced much lower than this.
HP just dropped a biggie at their never-ending on-going event in San Francisco. The company said that it is thinking beyond todayand aims at bringing the webOS platform to other connected devices including printers, scanners, MFDs, cameras and PCs and laptops.
The company did not share any more details but, they did promise to share more details about this throughout the year.
It will be interesting to see as to how HP intends to implement a touchscreen OS on a PC/Laptop. I expect that webOS will be limited to only the touch based PCs and laptops from HP. On laptops, webOS will act as a great secondary OS when a user just intends to do view some pictures or check his emails.
WebOS is expected to arrive on PCs and laptop sometime later this year. It will be interesting to see if any of the latest HP PCs or laptops will be supported or not. The company definitely lived up to its tagline of the computer is personal again’ with this move.
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HP announced the big brother’ of the Veer and the Pre 3 the TouchPad. As we reported earlier, the TouchPad is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz. The tablet will sport a 9.7-inch XGA (1024×768) display and will be 13.7mm thick. The tablet will pack 1GB of RAM and will be available in capacities of 16GB or 32GB.
The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The tablet will also feature Beats audio technology which will be complemented by the stereo speakers. Sadly, the TouchPad will only have a single front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calling.
The TouchPad will run on webOS v3.0 and will feature tight integration with other webOS devices like the Pre 3 or the Veer. Users can read their messages received on their webOS powered handsets right on their TouchPad! The tablet will also be able to multi-task easily. At the event, the tablet was shown running a full screen streaming Flash 10.1 video without breaking into a sweat.
Many of the inbuilt apps of WebOS have also been redesigned to take the advantage of a bigger screen on the TouchPad. These applications include the Mail app and the Photos app. Users can comment on photos on Facebook right from within the Photos app.
Users can also share data between the TouchPad and any of the latest webOS running handsets by just touching them. Users can even answer calls coming on their Pre 3/Veer right from their TouchPad including video calls!
The size of the virtual keyboard can also be increased or decreased depending on the users preference. Accessories available for the TouchPad at the time of launch will include a case-cum-stand, keyboard and a new Touchstone dock.
The Wi-Fi version of the HP TouchPad will hit the shelves by summer this year, with the 3G and the 4G versions following. Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the price of the TouchPad.
Along with the HP Veer, the company also announced the successor to the Pre 2 the Pre 3. The Pre 3 features a 3.6-inch touch screen with a resolution of 800×480 (WVGA). The handset will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at a whopping 1.4GHz.
The phone will also have a Gesture’ area. The handset will also have the largest QWERTY keyboard found ever found in a HP/Palm phone.
Like the HP Veer, the Pre 3 will sport 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport a 5MP camera with AF (Auto-Focus) and an LED flash. The handset will be capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The front of the handset will also sport a camera for all your video calling needs.
The usual Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The HP Veer and the Pre 3 will also be supported by a new accessory from HP the Touchstone.
The handset will be available in two variants of HSPA+ and EVDO Rev. A World Phone so as to cater to the needs of users on different types of networks. The handset will be available in capacities of 8GB or 16GB. Sadly, the handset will be available to consumers only in summer of this year.
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HP just announced a mini or nano version of the Palm Pre 2 at their on-going event in San Francisco. The HP Veer is powered by the Snapdragon MSM7230 processor, the same processor which powers the HTC Desire Z, and runs at 800MHz.
The Veer packs in the same amount of RAM as the Pre 2 i.e. 512MB. Like the Pre and the Pre 2, the Veer also sports a QWERTY keyboard.
The phone also features Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and 8GB of on-board memory. The usual 3.5mm audio jack, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer are also present. The handset will also support Mobile Hotspot and will be running the latest version of webOS i.e. v2.1.
The handset will also support the Touchstone dock and will feature tight integration with the TouchPad tablet from HP. The Veer will also support HSPA+ and will be available in early spring. Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the price of the device.
The folks over at PreCentral have managed to get their hands on the specifications of the upcoming Palm TouchPad from HP. In all probability, the Palm TouchPad will be announced by HP at their ongoing event.
According to the leaked image, the Palm TouchPad will sport a 9.7-inch screen with a XGA (1024×768) resolution. The tablet will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz MSM8660 processor from Qualcomm.
The Palm TouchPad will feature dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n along with Bluetooth and optional GPS. A 3.5mm jack along with a microUSB port for charging and connecting the tablet to the PC will also be present. The tablet will also house stereo speakers along with a notification LED light and a Home button. The tablet will also house a front facing 1.3MP camera for video chats. Other features of the tablet include an accelerometer, a microphone, Ambient light sensor and an eCompass.
The TouchPad will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It will be powered by a 24WHr non-removable battery, which according to HP will be good enough to power the tablet 8+ hours of use. This tablet from HP will be running on Palm’s WebOS and the Wi-Fi version of the tablet will be available by Q1 of this year.
The HP Topaz, the first webOS tablet by HP was leaked a few weeks back. The Topaz will likely be launched at HP’s press event on February 9, along with the Opal.
Today, Precentral has revealed some detailed specifications of the HP Topaz.
The HP Topaz will be powered by the Qualcomm MSM8660 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It also has a Adreno 220 GPU and comes with 512 MB DDR2 RAM. It will have a 9.7 inch XGA display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
It will also have Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a front facing camera for video calls. The initial version will offer only Wi-Fi, but 3G and 4G versions should also launch soon. It also has a built in accelerometer, compass, gyrometer and a light sensor. It will have two integrated speakers and will come with two 3150 mAh batteries. It’s quite light, at just 700 gms.
It will support Touchstone charging as well as wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth, wireless picture sharing, website sharing, printing, music sharing etc. For more details, including pricing and launch dates, we will have to wait for the February 9 event.
Check out these images of the HP Topaz webOS tablet with the hardware specifications listed.
Ever since the iPad had a successful launch, it seems that everyone is trying to get into the tablet business. Those who don’t want to develop their own software, like Samsung, Dell, Motorola and LG, are using Android to power their tablets.
Some like RIM (Blackberry Playbook) and HP (webOS Tablet) are developing the software as well as hardware in-house. We have already seen the Blackberry Playbook in action, but we don’t know much about the HP webOS tablet. According to a training presentation by HP, the webOS tablet is going to be launched on February 9.
Well, here’s a big surprise. There’s not one, but two webOS tablets which are to be launched in 2011. There will be a 9 inch webOS tablet codenamed Topaz as well as a 7 inch webOS tablet codenamed Opal. Here are some leaked renders of the HP Topaz webOS tablet by Engadget.
They will apparently be launched rather late, only after June. The Topaz has a glossy design with a front facing camera, a microUSB port and three speakers. The Opal will have 3 variants – Wi-Fi only, AT&T 3G and Verizon LTE. It will be launched around September 2011.
HP also plans to launch webOS netbooks along with the tablets. No other details are out yet.
It’s widely rumored that HP is going to unveil webOS tablets at its February 9 event. HP’s Todd Bradley let it slip at an interview on CNBC, that HP will be launching webOS tablets then, but apparently, it seems that HP plans to launch webOS netbooks as well.
Thanks to HP webOS Central, HP’s official training site for webOS device salesmen, we now know for sure that HP has a three pronged strategy for webOS – smartphones, tablets and netbooks. The site which has a series of videos for training salespeople about the pros and cons of webOS and its advantages over the iPad, has a video which confirms that HP will be launching webOS tablets as well as netbooks soon.
Apart from the video, there is also a quiz which asks “In the future you’ll find webOS on multiple devices like:” with the options – Phones, Slates, Netbooks and “All of the above”.
webOS was developed by Palm and was the main reason behind HP’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm. It has one of the best mobile user interfaces, which many believe is much better than iOS, both visually and in terms of multitasking. With a massive push from HP, it should become the third dominant mobile OS after Android and iOS.
Check out these pics of the HP webOS Central videos by Precentral:
If there’s anything that HP needs for webOS, it’s developers and apps. Well fear not because following their WebOS event on February 9th, HP will be holding a “developer oriented” event featuring Jon Rubinstein (pre-CEO of Palm) and the HP webOS Engineering and Developer Relations teams. In addition to a special presentation, there will be a reception for the developer community to allow developers to get to know each other and presumably discuss the future plans on applications and development for the platform.
You must be a registered developer in order to attend the event and there’s a fairly decent chance that HP/Palm will take this opportunity to hand out some new hardware so developers can get an early start.
If you’re concerned that HP and Palm won’t be announcing anything ground breaking at CES 2011, you’ll be happy to know that an event is taking place in San Francisco on February the 9th.
The motto on the event invitation reads “Think big. Think small. Think beyond.” Could this be the next-gen smartphone hardware we’ve been hearing about? Perhaps it’s about a tablet styled device or the public release of developer-only features to WebOS? The sky is the limit when it comes to WebOS, hopefully HP and Palm don’t get clobbered by the suspected lack of presence at CES and are able to get the public re-invigorated and warmed up to WebOS.