HP Sues Oracle Over Itanium Processor Development Pullout

Oracle is one of the world’s biggest company and database vendor. It also became one of the world’s largest server manufacturing company when they purchased Sun.

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On March 22, 2011, Oracle issued a statement (read here) that they will be stopping development for Itanium based processors and continue developing for newer processors. This looked directly in line with increasing the footage in the server business. However, it looks like HP is not taking the development nicely and and are now suing Oracle over the stoppage of development on Itanium processors.

According to a new blog post from HP, they stated that they have filed a lawsuit on June 15, 2011 in the Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of Santa Clara, seeking Oracle to reverse its decision. HP says that discontinuation of the software development on Itanium processors violates a legal agreements made by Oracle to HP and their 140,000 customers.

In addition to that HP also stated that, Oracle’s decision is unlawful in the sense that they are trying to lure customers who use HP Itanium based platforms to their own Sun Solaris based platforms.

Oracle is not new to court cases and have been fighting a court battle with Google over and Java which is getting murkier by the day and is almost close to being decided. Back in September 2010, HP had also sued former HP CEO Mark Hurd over joining Oracle, Oracle in turn had threatened to walk out of their Partnership. However, the hatchet between the two was buried when HP dropped their case against Hurd.

The new case would once again pit these two companies against each other and keep their lawyers busy, but will they once again bury the hatchet and sleep together?

In the past, Oracle also has been notorious for killing lot of Open Source Software. The most recent tussle being between FSF and Oracle over OpenOffice and the Document Foundation.

Oracle has been trying to arm-twist a lot of people and companies to fall in line, but are they the one who have to mend their ways? Well, I can’t say for certain, but this HP lawsuit will definitely make for a nice little battle.

Full Statement from HP on suing Oracle:

HP believes that Oracle’s March 22 statement to discontinue all future software development on the Itanium platform violates legally binding commitments Oracle has made to HP and the more than 140,000 shared HP-Oracle customers. Further, we believe that this is an unlawful attempt to force customers from HP Itanium platforms to Oracle’s own platforms.


As a result, on June 15, HP filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of Santa Clara, seeking Oracle to reverse its decision. HP believes that Oracle is legally obligated to continue to offer its software product suite on the Itanium platform and we will take whatever legal actions are available to us necessary to protect our customers’ best interests and the significant investments they have made.

HP remains committed to a long-term mission-critical server roadmap, including Intel’s Itanium processor. Similarly, Intel has repeatedly reinforced its ongoing commitment to the Itanium roadmap.

HP TouchPad 32 GB Wi-Fi Priced at $599

The HP TouchPad, which will be the first webOS tablet, is touted to be the only tablet which can compete with the iPad and Honeycomb tablets. The RIM Blackberry Playbook hasn’t seen very good sales yet. webOS on the tablet has received some great reviews though, just like its smartphone counterpart.

Thanks to HP’s massive distribution network and reach, the HP TouchPad is expected have much better sales than the Playbook. We have seen glimpses of the TouchPad before, but the pricing details haven’t been announced yet. Today, a screenshot of Walmart’s inventory system was leaked by PreCentral, which reveals that the TouchPad will be priced at $599 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi version. The iPad 2 32 GB Wi-Fi is also priced the same, so I’m guessing HP doesn’t plan to compete on price.

Walmart will also be selling the Touchstone charger dock for $79.98, and a webOS Bluetooth keyboard for $69.98. The HP TouchPad may be launched by the first week of June.

The HP TouchPad comes with a 9.7 inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels. It will run webOS 3.0 and comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor. It has 32 GB internal storage and comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It is powered by a 6300 mAh battery.

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AT&T Announces The HP Veer 4G

hp veer Last week, we posted that AT&T might announce the white version of the HP Veer smartphone, along with the 4G connectivity. Now, AT&T finally announced the 4G variant of the HP Veer smartphone. HP Veer 4G comes with a touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of AT&T in the US.

There are no changes in the specs of this handset, except the 4G connectivity. HP Veer 4G is AT&T’s first smartphone to run the latest version of webOS software. The new AT&T billing will help the HP Veer 4G customers to easily purchase their favorite apps on the phone and have the cost added to their monthly AT&T bill.

HP Veer features a 2.57 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 400 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, WebOS, Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard, 4G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP and so on

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 8 GB internal memory (~6.1GB available), Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, webOS WebKit browser with Flash support, GPS, Wi-Fi, Facebook integration, up to 5.0 hours of talk time, up to 300 hours of standby time and a 910 mAh battery.

HP Veer 4G will be available in both black and white colors. This handset will be available at AT&T’s company-owned stores and online from May 15th for $99.99 with a two years service agreement. HP Veer 4G comes preloaded with several popular apps including mobile hotspot, which allows the users to share wireless internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

White HP Veer Coming Soon To AT&T?

Back in February, HP announced the HP Veer smartphone along with the HP Pre 3 and HP TouchPad. HP Veer comes with a touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY display, similar to the BlackBerry Torch. It is the smallest WebOS smartphone. Recently, the white version of the HP Veer have been surfaced online. This handset is expected to be available on the airwaves of AT&T in the US.

The white version of HP Veer might come with 4G connectivity. This handset is not announced yet, but it is expected to be announced in May. Check out the complete specs of HP Veer below.

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HP Veer features a 2.57 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 400 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, WebOS, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with Geotagging and Video Recording, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP, 3.5mm headset jack, 8 GB internal memory, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi and a 910 mAh battery.

The white version of HP Veer might be announced next week or sometime in May. The original HP Veer will be available on the airwaves of O2 in Germany, starting from June.

Palm Pre Gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread Port

The Palm Pre was among the first handsets in the market to run the new webOS. The OS may have never gained considerable market share, but webOS is pretty good and in some respect better than iOS or Android.

Original Palm Pre owners must be feeling left out since developers hardly care about webOS, and thus there is a lack of apps for the platform. However, one awesome Palm Pre developer k3dar – has managed to get Android dual-boot on his beloved Pre.

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k3dar has managed to get AOSP build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to dual-boot on his Pre. Sadly, the port is nowhere near usable and people have even managed to brick their Pre, while flashing this ROM. The touch screen only detects single touches for now, and the Wi-Fi and the hardware keyboard are working properly. Otherwise, Camera, Bluetooth and all other important features are not working on this port.

Palm Pre owners should head over to this thread for more information.

Ironically, most people want webOS to be ported over to some latest Android handsets and not the vice versa. Hopefully, some developers will take this challenge and work on it!

HP’s webOS 3.0 Gets Screen Captured

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.

HP Pre 2 Takes A Dive In Price While Holding On For Dear Life

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 free…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.

HP Palm Pre Plus Gets webOS 2.1 Update In The U.K And Germany

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.

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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.

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HP Pre 2 Now Available At Verizon For $149.99

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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, 320×480 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.

HP TouchPad Priced at $699?

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.

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