Opera Launches Platform Independent Opera Mobile Store in More Than 200 Countries

Opera Software has tied up with Appia to launch Opera Mobile Store, an app store for mobile devices that supports pretty much every popular mobile platform under the sun, except iPhone and Windows Phone 7. Of course, supporting those two platforms is more than a little tricky for third party application repositories due to their locked down nature.

Opera Mobile Store will be integrated with Opera Mini and Opera Mobile in the form of a speed dial entry. This means that Opera will have direct access to approximately hundred million users around the globe. During its trial phase in February, the Opera Mobile Store attracted more than 15 million users, from 200 countries, amassing more than 700,000 downloads per day.

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Opera Mobile Store is available at mobilestore.opera.com and features both free and paid apps. The app catalog is automatically user tailored based on his operating system, device resolution, country, currency and language. Platforms currently supported are Android, Java, Windows Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry, and Palm.

The launch of the Opera Mobile Store supports Opera’s core belief in an open, cross-platform mobile Internet experience by providing Opera users with an integrated storefront of mobile applications,said Mahi de Silva, Exec. Vice President, Consumer Mobile, Opera Software. Our partnership with Appia delivers to all Opera Mobile and Opera Mini users easy access to a wide variety of great content, on any device, all over the world.

Opera Software has also launched the Opera Publisher Portal, which allows developers to submit their applications. Developers will get 70% of the net revenue generated by them, while Opera Software will keep the rest. Unlike the Android Market, Opera Mobile Store is moderated, and every app is manually approved. In the past Apple has received a lot of flak for their policy on adult apps. Opera has taken a similar approach with Mobile Store by banning all erotic content. However, unlike the iOS App Store, Opera Mobile Store doesn’t charge any subscription fee, and is completely free.

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 Bringing WebOS To ‘Connected Devices’ Including PCs and Laptops

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.

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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 TouchPad Announced; Features Tight Integration With WebOS Running Handsets

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.

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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.

HP Veer Announced, Nano Version Of Pre 2

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.

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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.

HP Palm TouchPad Tablet Specs Leak Before Announcement

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.

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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.

HP Topaz webOS Tablet Specifications Revealed

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.

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HP to Launch webOS Netbooks and Tablets on February 9

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:

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HP Holding Second Event Aimed At Developers

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.