Tag Archive for ‘PreCentral’

TouchPad to Include Cloud-Syncing Music Store ➝

Derek Kessler reporting for PreCentral:

the TouchPad will come with a music syncing solution built-in that utilizes cloud servers to sync and remotely store your music. More than that, it will leverage a “smart algorithm” to ensure that the music the user is most likely to listen to is cached locally on the device. This service will also allow TouchPad owners to stream music that they don’t yet own. There’s also mention that this service will allow you to stream music to HP smartphones, presumably once they too are updated to webOS 3.0 like the TouchPad.

webOS 3.0 Screenshots ➝

Speaking of webOS, Derek Kessler has published several screenshots of the HP TouchPad variant of webOS 3.0.

Keyboard-Less webOS Device Pictured ➝

Dieter Bohn publishes images of what appears to be a keyboard-less webOS device. The image was sent to him by the same person who sent a picture of a Pre 3 on Verizon’s network a couple days ago.

I’ve always thought that webOS had a nice future, but I’m not a fan of hardware keyboards and wouldn’t even consider buying a smartphone with one. This webOS device, however, looks quite slick.

HP webOS Tablet Rumors

There’s been a lot of rumors published recently regarding HP’s webOS event on February 9. It started when Engadget’s Nilay Patel published rendered images of the upcoming “Topaz” webOS tablet.

The 9-inch Topaz is said to be just one of two tablets announced at the event. There will also be a 7-inch tablet codenamed Opal. The rendered device on Engadget’s site looks quite nice. It’s similar in design to the iPhone 3GS, just blown up to 9-inches. There’s a front-facing camera, micro USB, and a three speaker arrangement that Nilay Patel speculates would allow for stereo audio in both portrait and landscape orientations.

But, that was just the beginning. The following day Thomas Ricker reported that Topaz and Opal would have inductive charging and that HP would be offering large amounts of cloud storage for the devices. This cloud storage would “dwarf” the local storage of the devices and could store apps and app states. This could allow users to seamlessly switch from tablet to handset without having to deliberately transfer data.

However, all of Engadget’s rumors were trumped by Dieter Bohn who managed to get his hands on inductive charging details and the HP Topaz specifications.

The new tablet-compatible inductive charger will be named the “Touchstone v2” and may allow for wireless audio streaming over Bluetooth, wireless video streaming to VGA or HDMI out, and wireless gaming using your television as a display and the tablet as a controller. The Touchstone v2 sounds more like HP’s answer to the Apple TV than it does a wireless charging dock for tablets. The video gaming angle could be huge and I hope that HP has managed to secure content partners to go along with their wireless video streaming feature.

The target specifications that Dieter Bohn obtained are as follows:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 9.7-inch 1024×768 display
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 8+ hours of battery life

The specifications are better than the iPad all around (aside from the battery life). Which makes it clear that HP has designed Topaz to compete with the iPad 2, not just to play catch-up with the current iPad. HP is really swinging for the fences with this announcement, and I hope they’re successful. It’s clear that HP knows where the industry is headed and their acquisition of Palm put them right where they needed to be development-wise. All that’s left is to bring devices to market and sell as many of them as possible. And, HP is ready to do just that.

HP CEO Leo Apotheker recently spoke with the BBC’s Tim Weber about the future of the company. Regarding product announcement timelines:

“HP will stop making announcements for stuff it doesn’t have. When HP makes announcements, it will be getting ready to ship,” he promises, saying the products launched on 9 February will be on sale just a few weeks later.

“A few weeks later” sounds perfect to me. That will put the release date before the RIM PlayBook and likely before the Motorola Xoom.

Dieter Bohn Details webOS 2.0 ➝

Palm has released their developer beta of webOS 2.0 today and PreCentral’s Dieter Bohn has taken the time to detail all of the new features.

My feature in 2.0 is “Just Type,” which is a beefed up and rebranded Universal Search.

Dieter Bohn:

The more exciting changes here are underneath the hood: developers can now open up their apps to Just Type searches, making them fully searchable from anywhere on the phone. […] Just Type will be able to both search and initiate actions directly from the interface. So, for example, a developer could make a “Tweet This” Just Type action so users could type a tweet and send it all from the Just Type Interface.

The best way to explain it is: Quicksilver for webOS. I would love for Apple to open up their iPhone search feature to developers. My life would be a lot easier if I could search emails, tweets, and Instapaper articles all from one search box.

New Palm ‘Roadrunner HD’ Device Appears in Logs ➝

PreCentral.net’s Derek Kessler reports that the developer of Cloud Hopper for webOS has noticed something interesting in their application logs. A new device running webOS 2.0, identifying itself as “Roadrunner HD,” with a display resolution of 640×960.

The name “Roadrunner” has appeared in logs before but never with the HD moniker and certainly without a 640×960 display resolution.

webOS is dying for new hardware and a device with a higher resolution display wouldn’t hurt. Nothing else is known about the Roadrunner HD at this point but I’m anxiously awaiting more leaked details in the future.