Tag Archives: webOS

Palm's Jon Rubinstein: We have some hit smartphones coming up

16 Nov

Jon Rubinstein, Palm’s CEO before it got acquired by HP, today revealed at the Web 2.0 Summit that HP will launch a webOS based Internet Tablet and some ‘hit’ smartphones next year. He believes that the smartphone game today is all about coming out with ‘hits’ and Palm/HP does have a few of them coming up.

While he won’t commit on a time frame for the launch of these devices, Rubinstein maintains that webOS aficionados should “be patient.”  He also revealed that after the acquisition they have the resources to invest in attracting developers to the webOS platform. HP will also launch some printers running on webOS operating system.

When questioned whether there is space in the market for as many as five mobile operating systems, Rubinstein said he did in fact believe that there is space for that many platforms.

Ex-MeeGo boss joins Palm's webOS effort

16 Oct

Barely a week after Nokia announced the departure of Ari Jaaksi, the head of its MeeGo smartphone division, HP has announced his appointment as the senior vice president of Palm’s webOS operating system. HP had acquired Palm earlier this year and is expected to announce new smartphones and Internet Tablets running on webOS early next year. This would be a big blow for Nokia, which expects MeeGo to run on a gamut of gadgets including smartphones and Internet Tablets, among others.

MeeGo was announced earlier this year at MWC and was formed by combining Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin operating systems. The first devices running MeeGo are expected to be available next year, while Nokia is expected to port it to its N900 Internet Tablet, which runs Maemo, later this year.

It is unlikely for webOS to dominate the smartphone space where iOS and Android are the buzz words. Apple already is at least a year ahead of its competition while Android has the clout of numerous smartphones from a variety of manufacturers at all price segments. However, webOS and Windows Phone 7 together could potentially challenge Nokia’s devices running on Symbian and eventually MeeGo platforms. Currently, Nokia is banking on its superior hardware quality (the N8 being a prime example) even as it struggles to get a grip on the operating system and user interface fronts.

With Jaaksi joining a rival camp, things can only get difficult for the world’s largest handset vendor.

SOURCE: Reuters

Dell to launch smartphone in India later this year

21 May

Dell, one of the world’s leading laptop and PC vendor, has announced its plans to introduce a smartphone in India later this year. According to the WSJ, Dell will introduce one smartphone in India apart from a tablet device in Europe and more smartphones in China this year. Dell, which is the world’s third largest personal computer brand by sales, is betting on Android as its platform of choice, a strategy not very different from Motorola. The PC vendor will compete with HP, which recently acquired Palm for $1.2 billion and aims to use its webOS platform for a range of smartphones, Internet tablet devices and even web-connected printers.

What does HP's acquisition of Palm mean for webOS

28 Apr

HP’s acquisition of Palm does not seem to be much about Palm as a company but rather its webOS platform. HP sees webOS as a great platform to create innovative new products that would help it get a footing in not just smartphones but other product categories like netbooks and even tablets. So what does this deal mean for webOS?

The biggest advantage that webOS will get is some much-needed cash infusion to evolve the platform that will keep it competitive with the likes of iPhone OS and Android. HP has put its weight behind the platform and will see to it that it is well-funded.

Secondly, it will make webOS devices available to more customers in more markets than what cash-strapped Palm could do. From a webcast that concluded a few minutes ago, HP made it clear that it will be able to strike better deals with hardware manufacturers and ensure that more carriers across the world carry webOS devices based on its existing relationships.
Thirdly, webOS would figure in HP’s greater scheme of things as it would prefer the platform to power different form-factors like tablets and even netbooks. This would give HP a differentiation from its competitors.

Fourthly, globally HP is an aggressive player and invests a lot in its go to market and distribution programs, something that Palm could not have done considering its financial state. Again, this is something that webOS desperately needs.

And finally, with more devices/form-factors available to a larger audience, HP hopes that webOS would see the level of developer participation that the platform deserves.

Breaking: HP agrees to acquire Palm for $1.2b

28 Apr

After a couple of months of speculation about who’d acquire Palm, with HTC and Lenovo considered to be the frontrunners, HP today took everyone by surprise by announcing that it will be acquiring Palm for $1.2 billion. Palm, one of the pioneers of PDAs, encountered choppy seas when its smartphones running on its innovative webOS platform failed to deliver numbers.

“The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications,” HP said in a press release.

The press release also states that Palm’s CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to stay back at the company. Rubinstein was responsible for developing webOS.

HP had been active in the smartphone market till a couple of years ago with its iPaq range of Windows Mobile devices but could not really make a niche for itself. We are not convinced at the moment how HP intends to garner a respectable share in the smartphone market, considering that it is already crowded with three major players – Apple, RIM and Google. It is not webOS that is crucial at the moment. Instead it would be how interested developers would be to develop apps for the platform. Still early days to pass any judgements and we will wait and watch how things pan out.

Palm Pre registers 150,000 app downloads on Day 1

8 Jun

While we were not exactly impressed by the Palm Pre, the handset vendor is keeping its chin high and has announced some dozen new apps that go live on the device. While a dozen might not sound much considering Apple which has a few thousand apps to choose from, it is worth noting that Palm has not exactly made its Mojo SDK for webOS public yet and it is available to some select developers only. Well, anyway, the guys at Palm are quick to note that they registered some 150,000 app downloads on the first day, itself. Well, we are now waiting for Apple to make the iPhone OS 3.0 available in a few hours and see how they register 10 times those many downloads! We feel pity for Palm, it ain’t their fault that the iPhone is sooo good.