Tag Archive for ‘Palm’

When is the Last Time HP Had a Single Interesting Product? ➝

To answer John Gruber’s question regarding HP: August 17, 2011, the day HP released the Pre 3. Which was also the day before HP announced that they were discontinuing all webOS devices.

Unreleased webOS Products ➝

Dieter Bohn writing for the Verge:

Even if HP had not decided to give up on webOS hardware and all but abandon webOS software, the chances that any of these products would have seen the market and gained any sort of real success seems awfully small. Both Palm and HP had difficulties shipping on time and competing successfully even in the best of circumstances — and it was clear that HP didn’t think it would be able to take on the challenges that would have lain ahead for webOS.

Dieter did a great job with this piece on webOS software and devices that never saw the light of day. The team that Palm and HP built that worked on webOS obviously saw where things were headed with software interfaces and did a pretty good job at building for that future. It’s just unfortunate that the whole project had to implode the way it did.

Mobile operating systems would be in a very different place if webOS would have had the opportunity to push the competition in new and interesting directions.

I do think it’s interesting how much of an impact Apple has on the industry, though. From Dieter Bohn’s aforelinked piece:

If the documents we obtained detailing HP’s product plans are any indication, the iPad 2 sent the company into a panic. In a document distributed in late March, HP admitted that the iPad 2 had “changed the competitive trajectory” and foresaw rapid responses from Samsung — which had shaved over 2mm from its Galaxy Tab tablet in response to the iPad 2. HP had also gotten pushback from the likes of AT&T, which wasn’t happy with the TouchPad’s “thickness, weight, [and industrial design].”

Between this and Fred Vogelstein’s recent article in The Atlantic entitled “The Day Google Had to ‘Start Over’ on Android,” I’m starting to get the feeling that Apple has a tendency to send other companies into a tizzy whenever they release new products.

What Could Have Been ➝

Derek Kessler got his hands on a webOS prototype that was codenamed “WindsorNot.” It was scheduled to be released after the Pre3 in late 2011 but, unfortunately, never saw the light of day.

HP To Adopt Android For Upcoming Mobile Devices ➝

Taylor Wimberly writing for ReadWrite:

Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now taking drastic measures — by adopting Google’s Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices.

Remember when HP bought Palm? They had a brand new mobile operating system that most technology journalists believed would help them rival Apple in the “post-PC era.” They had everything given to them on a silver platter and still managed to screw it all up.

Imagine if they spent the past two-and-a-half years developing WebOS and building a dedicated user base. Where would they be now? They likely wouldn’t be considering splitting up into smaller companies.

Thirty-One ➝

Chris Ziegler:

That’s the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, a nearly anonymous division inside the HP machine without a hardware program and without the confidence of its owners.

Fascinating look into the events that lead to the eventually demise of Palm and webOS.

John Gruber’s Simple Explanation for Why HP Abandoned Palm and is Getting Out of the PC Business ➝

John Gruber on HP CEO Leo Apotheker:

The thing is, Apotheker’s relevant experience was serving as CEO of SAP. What’s SAP? SAP is an enterprise software and consulting company. Honestly, we all should have seen this coming. You don’t bring in an enterprise consulting guy to turn around a PC and device maker. You bring in an enterprise consulting guy to turn a PC and device maker into an enterprise consulting company.

Mark Hurd was HP’s CEO when Palm was acquired. And, I doubt Apotheker had any interest in what Palm had to offer.

HP Leaving the Tablet and Phone Business ➝

From HP’s press release:

HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of [Personal Systems Group] from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

This is sad news. I really wish HP would have given WebOS devices a chance. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. My only hope is that HP sells WebOS to a company that will continue to develop it or that HP will decide to license WebOS to tablet and smartphone manufacturers.

(Via SplatF.)

HP Veer 4G ➝

Joshua Topolsky reviews the HP Veer:

The display looks great in daylight and in lower light settings, but the size and resolution leave much to be desired. There were times when I had email that I literally could not read without zooming in. It’s nice to be compact, but the miniaturized screen on the Veer left me wanting more, which is never a good feeling. The experience feels trapping, as if you’re trying to peer around a corner.

After reading his review it appears that most of his complaints stem from the devices size. It’s interesting that the Veer’s biggest selling point is exactly what some users will dislike most about it. I do believe there’s a market for a device this size, though. One of the biggest complaints my girlfriend has about her iPhone is that it’s too big. She just wishes that Apple could shrink the forehead and chin around the display. But, I’m not sure if she’d be willing to use a device with a smaller screen.

Josh’s other big complaint was in the overall performance of the software.

In particular, there is general stuttery and inconsistent feel to the user interface that causes major problems when trying to quickly interact with content. Apps take far too long to load. Scrolling can be laggy. Sometimes when the phone syncs or brings up a notification, the entire device will freeze for a split second — this usually results in missed touches, or touches to sections of content which are unintentional.

Luckily, these are software issues that could be fixed in later versions of the OS. The device certainly isn’t underpowered. With 512MB of RAM and an 800MHz processor, though, you’d expect it to be able to handle simple tasks better than it does.

He was happy with the batter life — being able to make it through a normal day of use without needing to charge mid-day. And, that’s more than you can say for most Android devices.

I have a feeling this device isn’t going to sell very well. It’s overpriced. $99 is just too much for a device this size. But, if HP could manage to bring the price down to $49 or less, they’d really have something. I can see parents with high schoolers being more than happy to purchase something like this for their children. And, I think their children would be more than happy to use a device like this.