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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Apple’s iOS 5 notifications are great, but webOS is still better

By on June 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Apple’s iOS 5 notifications are great, but webOS is still better

When Apple finally added cut, copy and paste support to iOS, it made the long and painful wait its customers endured completely worthwhile. Apple’s implementation was so much better than competing platforms, it really wasn’t even in the same league. The UI was fantastic and the operation was both intuitive and precise. This is what we have come to expect from Apple when it corrects its past mistakes and omissions. And yet with the introduction of a completely revamped notification system in iOS 5, the Cupertino-based technology giant took a different approach: it did not lead, it followed. I’ll elaborate… More →

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HP Veer 4G review

By on June 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM.

HP Veer 4G review

When Palm first introduced webOS in January 2009 and subsequently launched the Palm Pre, I called the innovative operating system the best thing to happen to smartphones that year. To this day, webOS holds a special place in my heart for taking a novel approach to smartphone operating systems and making it beautiful. It was refreshing, it was capable, and it was not received at all well by consumers. But webOS’ problem was never the software. Perhaps the lack of available apps has been a bit of a hindrance, but I view Palm’s release strategy, its horrible marketing strategy and its sub par hardware as having played the biggest roles in preventing webOS from finding stardom. In terms of hardware, I had high hopes when HP announced it was buying Palm; webOS might finally have a vessel worthy of consumers’ attention. Discounting the Pre 2, which should never have been allowed to ship, the Veer is HP’s first webOS smartphone to reach store shelves. The phone is undoubtedly unique and it features the latest version of the Palm team’s software platform, but is it the vessel webOS needs so desperately? Hit the break for my review of the HP Veer 4G — or, as I have come to call it, the Palmagotchi.

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HP Veer 4G giveaway

By on May 24, 2011 at 5:40 PM.

HP Veer 4G giveaway

Want to get your hands on the smallest full-fledged smartphone in the world? Want a touchscreen device and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? Well, HP has given us a Veer 4G to give away, so here we go! If you’d like to enter, make sure to follow the giveaway contest rules below:

  • To enter, simply post a comment below letting us know why you want to win an HP Veer.
  • Follow us on Twitter and check us out on Facebook.

We’ll run the content for a week, until May 31st at 11:59 p.m Eastern Time and the winner will be contacted directly following the end of the contest. Also, note that we’re giving away a brand new HP Veer 4G for AT&T in black, not white like the one pictured above. Good luck!

P.S. If you want to follow individual BGR staff on Twitter, you can follow @boygenius@robotodd and @zacharye

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HP Veer 4G to launch May 15th on AT&T

By on May 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM.

HP Veer 4G to launch May 15th on AT&T

HP and AT&T on Wednesday announced that the latest webOS smartphone, the HP Veer 4G, will become available later this month as an AT&T exclusive. HP unveiled the bite-sized Veer webOS phone at a press event back in February, and at that time we thought the device was a tad too small for our liking. The Veer features solid specs, a crisp, bright touchscreen and a solid build, however, so petite AT&T subscribers seeking a sleek new smartphone should definitely check it out. The HP Veer 4G will cost $99.99 on contract in either black or white when it launches from AT&T on May 15th. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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HP Veer to launch with AT&T on May 2nd

By on April 18, 2011 at 7:20 AM.

HP Veer to launch with AT&T on May 2nd

The HP Veer might not be the webOS smartphone we’re most anxious to see launch, but there’s no question this petite phone packs a punch — and according to an event invitation revealed by webOS enthusiast blog PreCentral, the Veer will finally touch down in early May. HP is sending out invitations to a launch party for the Veer on May 2nd in California, and launch parties are typically accompanied by… launches. What’s more, those those who sent in an affirmative RSVP supposedly received instructions via email to bring an ID badge or a business card from AT&T or Best Buy in order to gain entry to the event. As such, an AT&T launch is likely a pretty safe bet. We took a hands-on look at the Veer back in February and the solid build of this tiny smartphone definitely impressed us, but we weren’t sure the tiny 2.6-inch touchscreen display had a place in the age of supersized smartphones. As an aside, it looks like that narrowed gap HP CEO Leo Apotheker claimed we would see between HP’s product announcements and launches isn’t so narrow after all. Apotheker said we should expect webOS devices to launch “within weeks” of HP’s February event, however — though we suppose the 12-weeks between HP’s Veer announcement and launch is, technically, within weeks. More →

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WebOS 3.0 for HP TouchPad spied in leaked screenshots

By on April 7, 2011 at 8:50 PM.

WebOS 3.0 for HP TouchPad spied in leaked screenshots

WebOS enthusiast blog PreCentral.net on Thursday published a series of screenshots from HP’s upcoming webOS 3.0 operating system for the TouchPad tablet. The images were pulled from an emulator as opposed to an actual device but we can still see several areas of the OS such as the Web browser, the virtual keyboard, Bing Maps, the music player and the messaging app. BGR took a hands-on look at the HP TouchPad when it was announced in February. We found the tablet to be quite impressive, especially in its integration with webOS-powered HP smartphones. HP’s CEO said in January that the company would be narrowing the gap between device announcements and launches, yet HP still has not announced release details for the TouchPad or the two smartphones announced in early February, the Pre 3 and Veer. Hit the break for more images of webOS 3.0. More →

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HP Veer hands-on!

By on February 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM.

HP Veer hands-on!

While the HP TouchPad might have been the star of the show in terms of new product announcements, the HP Veer is a sleek little smartphone that shouldn’t be overlooked. And when we say little, we mean liiiiiiittle. This bite-sized bugger is minuscule and yet is somehow manages to pack the punch of a full-sized smartphone. The UI is very responsive and the display is nice and vibrant. The build is remarkably solid as well, and the feel of the phone is quite impressive compared to the rickety Palm Pre that first introduced the world to webOS. With all that having been said, the Veer is suffering from a serious case of Pixi-itis. By that, we mean that it’s a wonderfully capable phone that can definitely hold its own in terms of performance, but it’s just too small for our liking. The keypad was impossible for us to use comfortably and the 2.6-inch screen is borderline ridiculous. After seeing webOS stretched out in all of its glory on the TouchPad, the Veer looked just plain sad. For the dainty among us, however, the Veer could end up being a great option with the right price point. Those of us without tiny little digits will want to look elsewhere, however. Check out our hands-on gallery below and stay tuned for our impressions of the Pre 3, which are coming right up.

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HP announces Veer and Pre 3 smartphones

By on February 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM.

HP announces Veer and Pre 3 smartphones

At the company’s highly anticipated media event today, HP announced a pair of new yet familiar smartphones: the Veer and Pre 3. The Veer is a webOS-based smartphone bucking the current industry trend of “bigger is better.” The device has the Pre, pebble-like shape — complete with slide-up keyboard — and a 2.6-inch, 320 x 400 pixel, capacitive touchscreen display. The Veer is powered by a Snapdragon 7230 processor running at 800MHz, has an HSPA+ radio, and sports Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 +ERD, 8GB of internal storage, rear-facing camera (no flash) and mobile hotspot capabilities. The device will be available “this spring.”

Next, the company rolled out the Pre 3. The newest Pre maintains its familiar form and packs a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution and gesture area, the “largest QWERTY keyboard”, 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +ERD, 8GB or 16GB of on-board storage, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and HD video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, and a front-facing VGA camera for video-calling. The device will be available in HSPA+ and CDMA Rev. A flavors sometime “this summer.”

Both the Veer and the Pre 3 are listed as having “the same amount of RAM as the Pre 2″ — 512MB.

Not that radically different from the current webOS smartphones out there, but some nice spec upgrades. The timeline is a little too lengthy (summer for a revamped Pre?) for our tastes… what do you think?

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