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Hewlett Packard (HP) is unhappy with its webOS platform, which it purchased from Palm in 2010. This is the operating system that powers its smartphone the Pre and its tablet the TouchPad. This means that the HP will no longer be competing in the mobile phone and tablet markets.
The company stated that it would “discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones”.
We all heard the news that HP was planning to allow other device manufacturers to make use of their OS just like Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform. However, with Android dominating the smartphone scene, HP decided to get out and cut its losses.
HP will not only discontinue its lineup of smartphones and tablets, it will also be putting its Personal Systems Group, responsible for making HP-branded PCs, out in the market.
We were actually surprised at HP’s announcement. After all, they were among the leaders in the computer manufacturing industry. They average 48 million PCs and a million printers each year. Furthermore, the webOS is used on 300 million devices around the world. It’s such a shame that we will no longer get to see HP in the future.
With HP bowing out of the game, does this mean that there is simply no stopping Android and the iOS? Should other platforms follow suit? Let us know what you think.
It looks like the webOS-powered HP is heading over to Orange. On the network provider’s website, you will now find the smartphone’s support page.
The HP handset was expected to arrive in the UK towards the end of August. However, none of the network operators showed any signs of carrying the handset. Although the phone appears to have a support page on Orange’s website, it is yet to appear on the coming soon page. However, expect this to change in the future.
The phone’s support page also reveals its specs. It will come with a 3.6 inch touch screen, a 5 Mp camera, LED flash, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and will come packing a 1.2 GHz processor under the hood.
The HP Pre 3 is powered by a unique operating system the webOS. With it, users can enjoy the flexibility of the Android OS and the simplicity of the iOS. Its browser supports Flash, which will allow you to access countless websites across the web on the go. However, there is a problem with the platform.
If you love apps, this may not be the right phone for you. Since there are a few webOS handsets min circulation, HP decided to focus on quality apps rather than quantity. This simply means that you will not enjoy the vast quantity of apps found on the Android Market or the Apple App Store.
Are you still planning to get an iPhone, or do you dare to be different with the HP Pre 3? Tell us what you think.
If you’re looking forward to HP’s webOS-powered smartphones, you might not have to wait much longer. The HP Pre 3 is coming to the UK towards the end of August.
The Pre 2’s successor sports a beefier single core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. It comes with a 3.6 inch touch screen and a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Lastly, it will be powered by the highly praised HP webOS 2.2.
One of the most innovative features of this smartphone is the “Just Type” feature. This allows you to type whatever you would like to say and decide whether you would like to send it as an email, SMS, or search entry on the web.
When it comes to apps, according to Paul Hunter, general manager of the Personal Systems Group at HP UK, they are working on expanding the webOS’ app ecosystem of their tablets and smartphones such as the TouchPad and Pre 3. They are also putting a lot of effort in marketing the webOS. As a part of this strategy, they have integrated Pivot (a digital magazine), which brings news and features new apps for the platform.
Their app offering emphasizes more on quality, since rivals such as the Android and the iOS hold an overwhelming number of apps in their respective app offerings. This makes more sense, since Apple and Android account for the majority of global market shares. This equates to a large demand for apps. Since HP only offers a small range of products running on the webOS, there will be no need to develop a large quantity of apps on their app offering.
It will, however, be a different story, once HP makes their OS available to their computers and other devices made by other manufacturers. The webOS is set to run together with the Windows platform. However, it is still unknown whether it will work as an interface over Windows or boot separately.
Does the HP Pre 3 with its webOS excite you? Let us know what you think.