[Video] HP’s Todd Bradley all but confirms webOS tablet only one piece of ecosystem

HP’s Tom Bradley talks with CNBC about what HP plans for their February 9th event. In his conversation, he states that “webOS tablet is only one piece of the ecosystem – one piece of that connected experience that we are going to create” and “a broad set of public announcements – and a breadth of products we are going to unveil.” You heard it directly from the horses mouth. We expect Palm to come out swinging with a multitude of products, including tablets, phones and possibly PC’s. I know that a few of here at fonefrenzy can’t wait to see what HP/Palm has in store on February 9th.

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[via Engadget]

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Opinion: Why the iPad might remain the king of tablets in 2011

This is the short break before it all explodes folks. We are just weeks away from the explosion of Android tablets on the market as well as the Blackberry Playbook and whatever new WebOS tablet HP has in store. The general consensus is that the iPad will of course sell well, however the Android tablet market as well as the Playbook and WebOS tablets will eat into the iOS tablet market. Essentially this would put Android on top much like it has already done in the smartphone market due to sheer number of manufacturers producing tablets. And though I am not an analyst of any kind, I want to make a prediction. My prediction is that iOS tablets (iPad 1 and iPad 2) will remain the best-selling tablets, at least through 2011. Here is why.

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HP/Palm to hold WebOS event on February 9th

I feel like I am in dreamland when I typed out that headline. It has been just over 7 months since the merge between Palm and HP. We knew they would be working on something, we just didn’t know when. It seems as though February 9th is when they feel comfortable announcing everything they have to announce. That is fine with us, I was expecting them to wait even longer just because the time of the merge to the time of having a new product could take forever. They are ready though and it seems as though they are going to have more than just a new phone announcement. Their teaser slogan is ‘Think big, Think Small, and Think beyond’. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a Tablet, a Phone, and whatever else HP can throw WebOS on. We don’t know much, but we are very excited to see what comes to fruition. With the recent announcement of Android 3.0, soon an iPad 2 with iOS 5, and the new Blackberry Playbook, HP is going to have a tough road ahead.

 

[Via Precentral]

Watch out iPad, PalmPad Is Drawing a Bead

While it pains me to quote, credit, or otherwise refer to FoxNews, it appears as though they’ve got their hands on some rather tasty exclusive information.  It looks as though Palm (HP) is joining the rest of the mobile community and jumping head-long into the tablet throng with not one, but four PalmPad tablet devices.  According to Fox (shudder), Palm plans to unveil three of the four devices at CES 2011, the fourth of which is to be directed at University students will be announced at a later time.  Minor hardware differences will separate the four devices in the PalmPad line, hit the link to see what we know so far.

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Palm Pre 2 not going to get any Euro-carrier love?

Pocket-Lint is reporting that UK’s Orange is not going to carry the Palm Pre 2. This could be a huge blow to HP with it’s bet on the Palm webOS platform.

“The Palm Pre Two will not be available on O2. We offer a range of the best handsets through our product portfolio and regularly review this to ensure it continues to meet the demands of our customers”, the company told Pocket-lint. “We’ve always offered our customers a choice of experiences when they come to buy a new phone and we were excited to add webOS and the Palm Pre to our range. We’re still fans of webOS – the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are available from us today – but won’t be taking the Palm Pre Two”.

We will just have to wait and see what HP-Palm will have in the near future when it comes to different handsets.

[Pocket-lint via Engadget]

Devs working on a webOS port to HTC Hero

In what might be one of the best ports ever attempted, the crew over at XDA-Dev forum are working on porting HP-Palm’s webOS to the HTC Hero. It is not surprising to see this port take place, what is surprising, is why did it take this long with all of the great hardware on the market today? I for one cannot wait to take this puppy for a test drive. If they make this a successful port/build, I might have a to put in a request for a dual-booting webOS/Android HTC EVO4G based build. Maybe HP will now hear the cries of webOS fans all over the world and give us a 4.3″ 1.2 Ghz monster with some serious ROM and RAM.

[via BGR and XDA-Developers forum]

webOS 2.0 screenshots go prime-time with plenty to show

It’s been almost a year since I bought my Palm Pre and I still use it daily, although not like I am using Android on a daily basis. I was very excited to when the I broke the story on PreThinking in April of last year of the leaked emulator gallery. Well a year has gone by since the introduction of the Palm Pre running webOS and so has a plethora of Android based handsets. Engadget posted leaked screenshots of the latest emulator build.

In these new leaked screenshots of the webOS emulator, it appears Palm is adding additional services for us to use in webOS. Google docs, Dropbox, AOL, Photobucket, Exchange and Box.net are all welcome sites, but Mobile Me just leaves us hanging with a big “huh?” So if you want to check out some cool new stuff on what is hopefully to come encased in some kick-ass hardware later this year. Hit the break for more photos. Read more of this post

Thinking about getting a Pre or Pixi? Hows the price of FREE sound?

Now this is a deal you should think about taking. HP and Palm have teamed up to offer all WebOS phones on every carrier for free! Whether your upgrading, adding a line, or getting a new line on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon it does not matter! I do wish I qualified for an upgrade because WebOS is still the only OS I have not played with or owned and the only thing I here about it is good things. Especially with WebOS 2.0 features announced earlier this week, I am sure they will get it on both phones as soon as they can. If your on the fence about WebOS, this should sweeten the deal. Remember it ends midnight Thursday so don’t wait too long!

Find the deal here!

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HP hires former HTC exec to head up Palm handset sales

It appears HP had done some early pre-planning of their road-map with the Palm acquisition. About three weeks before HP picked up Palm for $1.2 billion in April, the company recruited Todd Achilles as its vice presdient of telco sales. Todd who? Todd Achilles, the former HTC exec that ran the United States office of HTC in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to that, Todd was also the executive director at T-Mobile USA, working on the company’s handset strategy. We hope that Mr. Achilles will bring his sales and direction know-how, coupled with HP’s brilliant manufacturing prowess and build one fine webOS mobile handset.

[via Moconews thru FierceWireless]

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WebOS tablet from HP to arrive at the beginning of 2011

HP had its earnings call today. Though we aren’t very big on numbers for companies that aren’t deeply jiving in the mobile space just yet, we are fancy for mobile product fantasies such as a WebOS tablet. At HP’s earnings call earlier today, HP reported both strong growth and dropped the already somewhat well-known bomb that a WebOS tablet will land in early 2011. WebOS on a tablet is something to drool over. It will have apps (though not nearly as many as the iPad), it will possibly have Flash 10.1 since Adobe said Palm is one of their partners, and it will be a multitasking machine. All it needs to really succeed is a fast processor, a lot of RAM, a front facing camera, and a super high-resolution screen. If they can pull this off, they will be all set for success in my opinion. We will keep our fists clinched with anticipation until the official announcement expected at CES 2011.

[Via Precentral]

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