Rest in peace, webOS, we hardly know ye! HP announced today that "it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones." The company plans to seek out other ways to monetize the operating system and software, though exactly how is unclear at this time. Regardless, it won't be through their own devices moving forward.
If you need further evidence that 2011 is the “Year of the iPad” and not the “Year of the Tablet,” take a gander at Best Buy, who reportedly ordered up 270,000 HP TouchPad tablets and has only found homes for 25,000 of them -- not good news for HP, who is announcing quarterly earnings on Wednesday.
Rumors, rumors, everywhere rumors, the iPhone 5 is coming! But when? And does it look like the sweet picture in our gallery? We can only hope. That's a hot tip all right, and it matches some other bits of information coming in, so it looks like we're down to team September release or team October. But what other hot news what shaking the Applesphere this week? Let's have a look see, shall we?
Apple rules the tablet roost with the iPad, but that isn’t stopping others from trying to shake its golden eggs from the nest. Case in point: HP is running a promotion this weekend only for its webOS-driven TouchPad, making this slick competitor a better value than the iPad -- if you act fast.
According to early reviews of the HP TouchPad that hit the internet late Wednesday, the iPad is still king of the tablet world. The first webOS tablet arrives in stores on Friday, but at least one reviewer bills it as “mediocre,” despite ripping a page right out of Apple’s own playbook.
Apple has certainly held its own against a wave of contenders to the tablet throne this year, with only the $399 Asus Eee Pad Transformer coming anywhere near what could be considered modest success. On July 1, HP is going to throw its considerable weight into the mix with the long-awaited webOS-based TouchPad.
Despite an impressive debut two years ago for the Palm Pre, the smartphone’s slick webOS software was hampered by a poor keyboard and questionable build quality and soon largely forgotten. Flash-forward to Wednesday, and Palm’s new owners at HP have thrown back the curtain on the second coming of webOS, now ready to take on iOS and Android on both smartphones as well as the tablet platform.
As companies continue to roll out tablets to try and take on the first edition of the iPad over the next couple months, HP has just sent out an invite to an event regarding their webOS. While it's unknown as to just what HP could pull the wool off of, given the timing and assuming Apple will soon reveal details on the iPad 2, one could only guess we'll see the new PalmPad.
Yesterday, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive Mark Hurd said that his company didn't buy Palm with the intention of entering the smartphone business, but rather his company has plans to use the newly acquired technology to fuel "small form factor web-connected devices."