HP was due to release a 7-inch tablet to go along with the now cancelled TouchPad. The smaller slate, codenamed Opal and later dubbed TouchPad Go, was reportedly just two weeks away from release when HP killed webOS. Well, a poster in a Chinese forum has posted images and details of the device, which he claims to have been using for three months.
HP announced several weeks ago that it would receive a final batch of Touchpad’s before finally ramping down operations, but with an estimated build cost of over $300 each, many wondered why they would even bother. Even if they had certain volume commitments to the fabrication companies, by the time HP boxes and ships these off to retailers, they would be even further in the hole. So why did HP do a final run of Touchpad’s you ask? Looks like they plan to blow them out to employees.
Ever since HP shocked the world by basically saying they were discontinuing or selling off many of their core businesses, most of the rumors have swirled around the PC division. Will it be spun off? Who would buy it? (Not Samsung.) Aside from the hysteria-inducing TouchPad fire sale, the fate of the webOS team has largely been ignored. Now, a potential buyer has emerged from the shadows: cellphone manufacturer HTC.
Hewlett Packard insists it isn't abandoning the software side of webOS, it just doesn't want to build the accompanying hardware anymore (or PCs, for that matter). Should HP change its mind and start to shop around its mobile OS, the OEM can go ahead and take Samsung off its list of potential buyers. Samsung simply isn't interested in purchasing webOS, or anyone else's operating system, for that matter.
In a questions and answer session at the HP Summit, HP CEO Leo Apotheker dropped some interesting bits of news about HP's upcoming WebOS offerings. Perhaps the most notable announcement is that the HP TouchPad will be out in June of this year. There were fear that it would not appear until later in the summer. Additionally, HP Is forging ahead with WebOS for your PC.
Don't let it be said that Hewlett-Packard isn't ultra confident in webOS, the platform it inherited (and chased after) when it acquired Palm. HP head Leo Apotheker made some rather bold predictions about the future of HP, which includes shipping every PC with the ability to run webOS in addition to Microsoft's Windows. This isn't a far off future either, but next year.
Citing sources from HP's upstream component partners, DigiTimes says shipments of Hewlett-Packard's upcoming TouchPad tablet will start delivery by the end of March. HP will then begin selling its webOS 3.0-based tablet in April, one year after Apple got the tablet market rolling with its iPad device.
Apple’s snub of Adobe Flash has had no impact on the latter’s popularity among other smartphone and tablet vendors. If anything, it has probably whetted their appetite for the Flash Player. According to Adobe, at the end of 2010 there were more than 20 million smartphones with Flash 10.1 - the first truly mobile-optimized version of the software. But if you think that’s impressive, then get ready for the bigger, more impressive numbers that await you after the jump.
At long last, Amazon has announced a Kindle app for the webOS platform, one that's specifically geared towards the HP TouchPad and its 9.7-inch screen (lots of info and pictures of this potentially awesome tablet here). Just as with other platforms, Kindle for webOS allows customers to "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" when making purchases from Amazon's Kindle Store. And of course there's Whispersync, so you can pick up reading on your TouchPad right where you left off from your smartphone or other Kindle-enabled device.
Soon after HP acquired Palm last April, then CEO Mark Hurd stated the company’s desire of taking webOS “beyond smartphones.” The company today gave the world a better look into the operating system’s future beyond smartphones at its “Think Beyond” event in San Francisco, lifting the curtain on a 10-inch webOS tablet. But for those who think that tablets are just as far as HP is willing to go with its “beyond smartphones” strategy for webOS, the world’s leading PC vendor is out to surprise you. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s “hit the jump” time once again.