[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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webOS lover Rahul Sood Leaves HP

Well this is really sad. Rahul Sood, a 20 year veteran of HP, just announced that he is leaving the company and he was the “go-to” guy for webOS inside of HP.

“It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to resign from my position as the CTO of Global Gaming for Hewlett-Packard, my last day will be December 1 2010,” Sood said in a post to his blog. “I’ve struggled with this decision for many months. I have effectively been employed with one job for 20+ years (voodoo+hp) so it is the most difficult move that I have ever made in my life.”

This just goes to show you how many great webOS backers have left the company since the merger.

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]

[Video] Palm Pre 2 hands-on

Looks like the latest chapter in the webOS saga will be the introduction of the Palm Pre 2. This new handset will sport a 1Ghz cpu, 5mp camera, streamlined design, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, better keyboard, new Stacks feature and a universal search capability.

  • Stacks – logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Stacks keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is even easier.
  • Just Type – Whenever you want to do something on your phone – whether it’s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything – just type! is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.
  • Flash Player 10.1 Beta – webOS now supports a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser, which provides access to rich, Flash based web content.

More information about Palm Pre 2, including features and specifications, is available atwww.palm.com/Pre2.

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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