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HP will release updated WebOS, new Palm devices next year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 Jun 2010 23:30 User comments (9)

HP will release updated WebOS, new Palm devices next year PreCentral has revealed this week that HP, which recently acquired the struggling smartphone maker Palm for $1.2 billion, is planning on releasing new Palm smartphone devices next year, as well as an updated WebOS mobile operating system.
Palm had put itself up for sale in March after it became clear that the company's phones were not selling and it only had enough cash to last the next 12 months. In late April, HP swooped in and purchased the company Palm for $1.2 billion, after at least four other companies gave serious bids.

At the time, HP's CEO said the purchase was made with the intent of integrating WebOS into a plethora of other devices, like tablets and printers, and that HP was "not getting into the smartphone business."

That seems to have changed, as a Palm representative disclosed to PC that: "I'm not allowed to talk about future roadmaps, especially because we're in the process of being acquired by HP, so I can't say. But yes we have a road map. We are working on future devices. And [a] new version of the OS. So I think, you're going to find the next year very exciting."

WebOS is arguably the best smartphone operating system available, but consumers have not adopted the Palm hardware, which has been slashed to free from Verizon and Sprint due to lack of demand.

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9 user comments

118.6.2010 23:54

So much for palm OS...now that HP software engineers have had their hands on it, it will be as terrible as their printer drivers.

219.6.2010 1:26

Quote:
WebOS is arguably the best smartphone operating system available
Why do you insist on posting this opinionated drivel time and time again...

319.6.2010 2:15
GUEST0P0
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Palm puts out the most buggiest, unstable crapola I have ever seen. Worst service experience EVER. They can't even make a simple off button for their devices. "Life Drive" case in point.

419.6.2010 3:12

Wow. Palm's not out of the game yet. WebOS is generally attractive to developers... and now apps will be subsidized in an App Sale promotion. http://briefmobile.com/webos-app-sale-everything-50-off

Exciting news... I cant wait to see the next WebOS device. Hopefully its bigger and less turtle-shaped.

519.6.2010 5:57

Palm is completely out of the game. They got purchased by HP...palm is no more. If you think that Palm had bad programmers, just look at the HP team. WebOS didn't have much chance when it was owned by Palm...now that it is an HP product, that tiny shred of a chance is gone. And no, it is not appealing to developers...
-Hardware developers don't want to pay for an OS...especially one made by a rival company.
-Software developers want a userbase to sell to...a userbase like you see with Apple and Android devices.

619.6.2010 16:54

Originally posted by etherz:
Quote:
WebOS is arguably the best smartphone operating system available
Why do you insist on posting this opinionated drivel time and time again...
Read a review of competing OS'...then post your drivel again...I use Android and wouldn't give it up for anything.

724.6.2010 13:52

I still have my Palm IIIx, and its cousin, the TRGpro, and for my money, the TRGpro is irreplaceable. I have many dozens of novels on it and all my information. Meanwhile, HP products in general have a history of problems. I like their idea of removable hard drives, but....

824.6.2010 16:10

Originally posted by etherz:
Quote:
WebOS is arguably the best smartphone operating system available
Why do you insist on posting this opinionated drivel time and time again...
Well actually I've found that anyone will argue anything. Making anything "arguable".
That said, after using all three major smartphone OS systems, I can say that all things being equal (hardware wise). I'd pick the WebOS device. Now, mind you, the Pre hardware is pitifully underpowered and that kind of ruins the whole package. But I even prefer the feel of the pre in my hand. My main phone is the Pre now. Is that arguable enough? I'm not in the mood to go into specifics to try to sway any fanboys one way or the other.

924.6.2010 16:18

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Palm is completely out of the game. They got purchased by HP...palm is no more. .
That's weird. My wife has a friend who works at Palm. She still has a job and still works for Palm. Just because a company buys another company it doesn't mean they trash the brand. Owning a company doesn't necessarily mean that company is gone. An example of this relationship... GM owned Saturn (well they created it anyway), but Saturn was a completely self contained manufacturer.

Whatever, I like WebOS and I hope it continues to improve. It is an alternative to the other OS options. Viva la difference. Life would be boring if everyone became a particular fruit.

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