HP TouchPad still marginally useful with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port

By on August 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

HP TouchPad still marginally useful with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port

HP Touchpad Android 4.1

Don’t toss the HP (HPQ) TouchPad into the ashcan of history just yet… SlashGear reports that it’s one of the few tablets out there so far that can deliver a barely functional version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The TouchPad’s Jelly Bean port comes courtesy of the CyanogenMod 10 that has already been tested out successfully on several smartphones, including the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC (2498) One X. But the TouchPad port marks the first time the mod has been used to port Jelly Bean into a device that doesn’t natively run Android, and SlashGear reports that it has unsurprisingly wrecked some of the TouchPad’s key features such as audio, graphics acceleration, the front-facing camera and the microphone. To put it mildly, users should port Jelly Bean over to their TouchPads at their own risk. More →

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HP releases Android kernel source for TouchPad to CyanogenMod team

By on February 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM.

HP releases Android kernel source for TouchPad to CyanogenMod team

When the HP TouchPad was released in the summer of 2011 it did little to impress consumers, leading to the tablet being discontinued after a mere 49 days on the market. Remaining TouchPad stock received substantial price reductions, dropping to as low as $99 dollars during a huge fire sale. Shortly after inventory ran dry, crafty hackers had announced their intention to run the Android operating system in replace of WebOS on the TouchPad, and progress thus far has been slow, with alpha versions being released that are fairly stable but have serious bugs. In an act of good will, HP has now released an Android kernel source code to the hacking community. Read on for more. More →

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HP CEO says webOS will be better than ‘fragmented’ Android and ‘closed’ iOS

By on February 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

HP CEO says webOS will be better than ‘fragmented’ Android and ‘closed’ iOS

Though Hewlett-Packard was unable to produce webOS devices that consumers were interested in buying — at a positive margin, at least — CEO Meg Whitman still thinks the beleaguered platform has legs. After unsuccessfully trying to sell or license webOS, HP decided late last year to donate its $1.2 billion platform to the open source community. The firm still plans to launch new webOS devices in the future, however, and Meg Whitman explained HP’s position while speaking with CRN. Read on for more. More →

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Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein leaves HP

By on January 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM.

Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein leaves HP

Jon Rubinstein, the former CEO of Palm, has left HP. AllThingsD broke the news Friday afternoon, noting that Rubinstein had served his promised 12-24 month tenure with the company before leaving. “Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well,” HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan told AllThingsD. Rubinstein led the team responsible for the original iPod and left Apple in 2006 to eventually join Palm as CEO in 2009. While at Palm, Rubinstein was responsible for, among other projects, the development of the Palm Pre and Palm’s webOS mobile operating system, both of which were transferred to HP in 2010 When it acquired Palm for $1.2 billion. HP has since open-sourced the mobile operating system after failing to gain traction with its Pre, Pixi, Veer and TouchPad products. More →

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Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

By on December 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

Apple rocked the consumer electronics industry when it launched the “magical and revolutionary iPad” in April 2010. It wasn’t the first media tablet aimed at the consumer market by any means, but it was the first that consumers actually wanted. Following the iPad’s unveiling, Apple’s rivals scrambled to build tablets of their own and market research firms were quick to herald 2011 as “the year of the tablet.” More than 100 different tablets were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, the bulk employing Android to power their user experiences, and the year of the tablet was upon us. Read on for more. More →

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Tablet shipments miss targets but still balloon 264.5%, IDC says

By on December 15, 2011 at 6:25 PM.

Tablet shipments miss targets but still balloon 264.5%, IDC says

IDC said Thursday that media tablet shipments during the third calendar quarter increased 264.5% over the same period last year, but that overall shipments were 5.8% lower than the 19.2 million units the research firm had previously estimated. Apple’s iPad continues to be the driving catalyst for tablet sales. The company shipped 11.1 million units during the third quarter, up from the 9.3 million it shipped during the second quarter this year. Apple’s market share fell however, from 63.3% during the second quarter to 61.5%. Read on for more. More →

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HP to decide fate of webOS within two weeks

By on November 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM.

HP to decide fate of webOS within two weeks

Hewlett-Packard’s webOS hardware is dead and buried but the fate of the platform itself remains to be determined. HP may hold on to the OS and use it on printers and PCs, and there have been plenty of rumors surrounding talks the company is having in an effort to license the platform to other firms. According to an interview in French newspaper Le Figaro, HP CEO Meg Whitman has gone on record in stating that a decision regarding the fate of webOS will be made within two weeks. HP took possession of webOS when it acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010, and that buy yielded one failed tablet that was discontinued shortly after launching, three failed smartphones and soon, perhaps, the death of webOS itself. The promising mobile platform BGR once heralded as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnant smartphone market now finds itself an afterthought in a space dominated by two major players: Apple and Google. As RIM prepares a fresh new OS in an attempt to regain momentum and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform looks ready to take off, HP and any potential webOS licensees certainly have their work cut out for them. More →

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Best Buy offering $150 32GB TouchPad with HP notebook purchase

By on October 31, 2011 at 9:25 PM.

Best Buy offering $150 32GB TouchPad with HP notebook purchase

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Best Buy announced on Monday that customers who purchase an HP or Compaq laptop, desktop or all-in-one computer can opt to purchase an HP TouchPad tablet for an additional $149. The deal, which gives a small breath of life to a tablet that has already been killed-off by HP, kicks off on November 1st. Interested buyers can also purchase the TouchPad for $599.99, the tablet’s initial launch price, without buying an HP computer. As a quick refresher, the TouchPad offers a 9.7-inch XGA display, 32GB of storage, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and NFC. Read on for the full press release from Best Buy. More →

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HP to lay off 525 Palm employees this week

By on September 20, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

HP to lay off 525 Palm employees this week

HP will lay off as many as 525 employees from its Palm division this week AllThingsD reported on Tuesday. HP killed off its webOS mobile operating system in mid-August when it also announced it would discontinue the development of webOS devices such as the TouchPad and Palm Pre family of smartphones. “As part of this decision, the webOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce,” an HP spokesperson explained. “Today’s actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software.” More →

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Shareholder sues HP for bailing on webOS, TouchPad

By on September 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM.

Shareholder sues HP for bailing on webOS, TouchPad

HP shareholder Richard Gammell has filed a class-action lawsuit against HP after the company made the drastic decision to kill off the TouchPad in August, which resulted in a 20% drop in share price the following day, Reuters reported. Gammell argued in the suit that HP failed to inform investors the webOS operating system was no longer a major part of the company’s plans moving forward, and that the company had revamped its business plan without telling shareholders. Those actions, Gammell argues, artificially inflated HP’s share price. Gammell is seeking damages for any HP investor who purchased stock between November 22, 2010 and August 18th, 2011. More →

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And the ‘must-have’ tech product of 2011 is… HP’s TouchPad?

By on September 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM.

And the ‘must-have’ tech product of 2011 is… HP’s TouchPad?

Research firm Canalys recently sent a note to its clients that suggested HP might have better luck spinning off its PC business if it revived its webOS-powered TouchPad tablet. Canalys said the TouchPad could boost the value of HP’s computer division by as much as twofold, given the recent popularity of the tablet at its lower $99 price point. “The TouchPad was overpriced at launch and did not sell,” Canalys said in a note Thursday. “This led HP to draw a premature conclusion that the product category had failed.” Of course, the “hype” surrounding HP’s tablet likely had little to do with the tablet itself. Instead, a retail rush resulted from a fire sale and the media’s coverage of that sale. Read on for more. More →

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HP’s failed TouchPad tablet to get one last run in October

By on September 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM.

HP’s failed TouchPad tablet to get one last run in October

Gadget collectors and consumers looking for a high tech bathroom companion are in luck. According to anonymous industry sources speaking to DigiTimes, Hewlett-Packard’s manufacturing partners are prepping one last TouchPad run that HP will then attempt to sell off beginning in late October. The site claims HP has ordered the production of between 100,000 and 200,000 TouchPad tablets that will then be sold off at a discount. It is currently not known if HP intends to match the prices from its earlier sale, during which retailers were charging $99 for the base 16GB model and $149 for twice the storage. HP also intended to launch a 7-inch “TouchPad Go” model for which parts had been ordered from suppliers, but those plans were scrapped according to the report. HP announced during its earnings call last month that the 2-month-old TouchPad tablet would be put to sleep along with the rest of HP’s webOS hardware efforts. HP said it will keep the software platform alive, put webOS on printers and personal computers, and attempt to license it out to hardware vendors, but we’re not sure which companies HP has in mind as potential licensees. Certainly not Samsung. More →

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One last batch of TouchPads on the way, HP says

By on August 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM.

One last batch of TouchPads on the way, HP says

HP’s public relations manager Mark Budgell wrote a blog post Tuesday afternoon confirming a report from Reuters earlier in the day in which HP vice president Todd Bradley suggested the company would resurrect its TouchPad tablet. “Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand,” Budgell wrote. “We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase.” HP says it will manufacture the tablets during the fourth fiscal quarter of this year, which ends on October 31st. It is unclear if the new batch will be priced from $99, which had previously resulted in a quick fire sale of the tablet. More →

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