Gesture control, glass touch surfaces added to peripherals
Logitech has shown off two new mice and a trackpad designed with Windows 8 in mind. The Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Touch Mouse T620, and Zone Touch Mouse T400 do away with physical buttons for the most part, instead replacing them with touch-sensitive areas for scrolling and gesture controls.
Amazon Kindle Fire follows close behind
Apple has scored highest in a new JD Power customer satisfaction survey of tablet owners. The iPad has earned Apple a score of 848 -- above an industry average of 832 -- as well as five stars in JD Power's Power Circle ratings. Close behind with a 4/5 rating and a score of 841 is Amazon, which has so far only had one tablet computer, the 2011 model of the Kindle Fire. New Fires were recently announced.
Touchpad app available from Windows Marketplace
Windows Phone marketplace application Touchpad Free and its paid counterpart by Nullar Game Studio have been upgraded. The prior version turned a Windows Phone into a wireless but simple two-button trackpad; the new v2.8.0 adds two-finger scroll and Windows 8 gesture support.
Received approval 2 months after platform shelved
When HP released its ill-fated 10-inch TouchPad, it was also prepping a smaller seven-inch version for the market. In August it sent the device to the FCC for regulatory approval, and even through the company abandoned the entire webOS-based family a few weeks later, HP did not pull the submission for the smaller tablet. Wireless Goodness has now posted photos from the FCC filing's teardown.
HP webOS group sheds even more staff
Leaks have spread word Friday that HP has cut 275 more webOS team workers. Primarily located around the team's Sunnyvale, California offices, the cuts outlined to AllThingsD would follow a previous 500 from September. An official statement confirmed beliefs that it was a result of open-sourcing webOS and thus not needing either the hardware team or large parts of the software group.
Will offer refunds for remaining subscription time
As part of the launch of its ill-fated TouchPad, HP lined up
several top content providers, including Time, Inc., to offer online subscriptions on the tablet. Now, almost seven months after HP stopped marketing the TouchPad, Time has notified subscribers that it will soon stop delivering content to their webOS-powered devices. The publisher will end support for the platform on March 10.
HP TouchPads with CM9 get Android 4.0 updates
HP TouchPad owners with the CyanogenMod 9 build can now get nightly builds of the Alpha software, with constant updates and bug fixes for Android 4.0. The Teamwin project effectively synchronizes CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 6 for the TouchPad with the development branch of CM9 for all devices.
HP outs source code for Isis browser
USA Today breaks down mobile app ratios
An escaped USA Today presentation has uncovered some of the real results of mobile news app downloads. GeekWire's copy showed a wide gap between downloads for the iPad and Android tablets: at over 2.9 million downloads, the iPad version had more than seven times the downloads of Android, which had 390,000 combined. The ratio on Android was heavily skewed by the Kindle Fire, which at 260,000 downloads had managed twice as much interest as every other Android tablet combined.
May have been working on Android-based TouchPad
HP has provided the developer community a software kernel that could enable its now discontinued TouchPad to run the Android OS. The kernel and some other GPL components evidently had been used by the company to adapt some of the tablets to run Android on the device's hardware. RootzWiki has posted the officially blessed code for download.
HP TouchPad up for sale again for 220 at Woot
Despite being discontinued, HP's TouchPad tablet is up for sale again, at Woot. It's a refurbished 32GB model, priced at $220, or about $70 more than the last refurbished 32GB TouchPads sold on eBay. Shipping is a much more manageable $5 for the new sale, however.
HP Open webOS ready by September with common Linux
HP has acted on its promise to open-source webOS with an important change that could affect the devices that use it. Now called Open webOS, it's moving to a common Linux kernel that will let hardware makers use much more typical drivers and bring it to hardware beyond what HP originally intended. The OS will sit under an Apache 2 license, which will let others copy code as long as they include the license and attribution.
TouchPad gets Android 4 from CyanogenMod team
The CyanogenMod TouchPad team has now officially released the previously teased CyanogenMod 9 software for the HP TouchPad over on the RootzWiki forum. This alpha release will allow users to run Android 4.0 on the discontinued tablet. As the software is at an early stage, however, many features do not work.
Will be more functional and stable than past tries
HP TouchPad owners finally may soon be able to run Android 4.0 on their tablet. The CyanogenMod team has released a preview (below) of their upcoming CM9 build for the device. The upcoming version is much more fully featured than previous renditions of the Android port, and will incorporate almost all functionality except the camera and video playback.
Also releases webOS 2.2.4 for Pre phone owners
HP has posted updates for webOS. It now has webOS 3.0.5 available for owners of the TouchPad, which the company initially launched and then quickly shelved last summer. It's also making a separate release, webOS 2.2.4, available to Pre 2 and Pre 3 smartphone owners.
HP officially outs Envy 14 Spectre with glass lid
HP at CES officially unveiled the recently leaked Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook, which was expected thanks to the multiple hints. The ultrabook reserved online now, and promises a 14-inch HD screen in a 13.3-inch sized body. Its screen is covered by Corning's Gorilla Glass, as is the top of the lid and the touchpad. This is a first in the industry.
There are also Beats by Dr. Dre-certified speakers onboard, and the ultrabook weighs 3.79lbs. To go with the audio theme, users adjust volume through an aluminum analog dial. HP Wireless Audio lets users stream wireless music up to four external devices or a KleerNet-supporting device.
WebOS may have been fated to struggle
New scoops both public and private have suggested that Palm, and later HP, may have ultimately had hurdles at the corporate level, not just technical, to ever challenging Apple or Google. WebOS didn't have either the needed management or engineers to bring it to completion, a New York Times source said, and there were few WebKit-savvy developers weren't already working on iOS or Android. This was compounded by a rush to finish the OS in nine months, which required taking shortcuts such as skipping proper APIs (app programming interfaces) until later, hurting the ability for third-party developers to sign on.
Stable release brings Gingerbread to HP tablet
HP TouchPad owners who snapped up the tablet during August's fire sale or this week's eBay auction of refurbished units may soon be able to run a fully functional version of Android on the device. A preliminary version of a MIUI ROM for the tablet, which normally runs webOS, has been posted on the XDA Developers' site. The alpha version of the ROM is reported to be relatively stable and offers most of the core functionality of Android 2.3.
IDC sees Amazon denting iPad in fall
Amazon's Kindle Fire could cut Apple's share of the tablet market to under 60 percent for the first time, IDC estimated Thursday. Android would climb from 32.4 percent to get a collective 40.3 percent through the Fire which, along with some help from the Nook Tablet, would push the iPad down from 61.5 percent this summer to 59 percent of tablets. The BlackBerry PlayBook would lose some ground as well, down from 1.1 percent to 0.7 percent, while the HP TouchPad's final exit would give up five percent.
HP offered just 7,850 refurbished TouchPads
This weekend's eBay TouchPad sale saw 7,850 of the refurbished devices find buyers, which is all the stock HP had on hand. The 16GB eBay listing saw 2,316 sales, priced at $99, while the 32GB model sold 5,534 units at $149. All were sold in less than 25 minutes, making eBay and PayPal work much slower and return a number of errors and unsuccessful transactions.
HP employees given first dibs
HP is reportedly set to continue clearing its TouchPad inventory through an eBay auction, contrasting from the traditional retail distribution of the earlier sale. Interestingly enough, the eBay selloff involves only refurbished models but the prices for the 16GB and 32GB remain at $99 and $149, respectively, which matches the bottom price from the new tablets.
UK courts use discontinued TouchPads for trial run
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service made an unusual decision for a test pilot with tablets for its attorneys, officials said Friday. A Norwich crown court told The Guardian it will give prosecutors 35 HP TouchPads, supposedly worth up to £1,000 ($1,560) each, to keep court documents digitally during cases. Police would send information directly to lawyers with the goal of ultimately saving as much as £50 million ($78 million) by the next UK parliament.
Sony Ericsson Xperias to get 50GB of Box storage
Sony Ericsson early this week revealed that Xperia owners will get the same 50GB of cloud storage space as their iOS counterparts. It has now clarified that announcement, stating that the Box for Android mobile app isn't quite ready for release. Sony Ericsson would only say the company is in the middle of finalizing the promotion and that it's coming soon.
HP sees Apple with chance of becoming tops
Apple could overtake HP in the computing space in 2012, HP chief Meg Whitman said in a new interview late Tuesday. Referring to a Canalys estimate that had Apple as the top computer builder next year if the iPad was included, she told France's Le Figaro that it was possible. The company would try to get back to the top spot in 2013, but Whitman herself was so recent that her impact wouldn't be felt for some time.
NPD shows HP leading US tablets for most of 2011
HP, not Samsung, was the ruler of non-iPad tablets in the US for the first ten months of the year, the NPD Group said in a new study. With just 1.2 million tablets sold at retail across every company outside of Apple, HP was the leader in the country at 17 percent, or 204,000, sold between its launch and October. The low count suggests that the fire sale $99 TouchPad, not HP's Windows range, was the sales leader by going on clearance.
Images of ill-fated 7-inch slate surface
When HP launched its ill-fated ten-inch TouchPad tablet, it had a smaller seven-inch slate, the TouchPad Go, following in the wings. Although that smaller tablet never made it to market, Palmjoy has posted some images of the ill-fated device. It appears to be a near-literal shrinking of the regular TouchPad with a 4:3 ratio display.
Facebook chief grilled Steve Jobs on info
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg got direct advice from Steve Jobs on how to run a business, the social networking CEO mentioned in an interview due to air Monday night. The discussion on Charlie Rose saw Zuckerberg mention that he had a "lot of questions" for Apple's leader in his later years. He wanted to know the overall design and goals of companies but also to get the same inspiration from staff that Jobs had managed.
Tweets, tests reveal webOS 3.0.5 due with Synergy
The discontinued HP TouchPad may soon receive an OS update to webOS 3.0.5, webOS France found. A user shared his Lithium Benchmark Program score over Twitter for a TouchPad running on 3.0.5. Developers are also otherwise tweeting using webOS Synergy, suggesting Twitter integration will be part of the updated OS.
HP Slate 2 adds Oak Trail Atom, Swype
HP late Wednesday refreshed its lone remaining tablet through the Slate 2. The Windows 7 hardware keeps the same outside form with an 8.9-inch, 1024x600 display but trades up from the 2009-era Atom of the original Slate 500 to a modern 1.66GHz Atom Z670 from the Oak Trail family. The upgrade theoretically nets it six hours of actual battery life versus the original's claimed five and often much less.
Best Buy sells TouchPad at 150 when linked to PC
(Update: HP runs out) Best Buy in an unusual Friday deal brought back the HP TouchPad for a special and possibly final deal. Anyone who buys an HP or Compaq desktop or notebook can add the 32GB version of the webOS tablet for the same $150 it cost during the fire sale period. The sale starts November 1 and doesn't have a specified end date.
HP leans on Microsoft again for tablet strategy
HP during its conference call discussing a decision to keep its PC group dashed hopes of a webOS tablet revival. CEO Meg Whitman wanted HP to compete against the iPad, saying the company needed to "be in the tablet business," but put the hopes for the company's Personal Systems Group strategy back on Microsoft. The company was "certainly going to be there" when Windows 8 shipped sometime next year, she said.
webOS 3.0.4 includes support for non-HP phones
WebOS chief Ari Jaaksi said on his blog that an update is available for the HP Touchpad. Among the new features and improvements in version 3.0.4 of webOS are better camera support, connectivity for non-HP phones, improved messaging, and a tweaked UI. The over-the-air update is being applied automatically.
CyanogenMod releases Alpha 1 for TouchPad
The CyanogenMod 7.1.0 for HP’s defunct webOS TouchPad has been made available for download and given a video preview (embedded below). The project is aiming to get a usable version of Google’s Android 2.3 running effectively, with support built-in to run multiple operating systems. The team has called the Alpha 1 release its “Lower your expectations” edition, which is designed to indicate that it is still very much a work in progress.
Support for HP TouchPads available soon
CyanogenMod, the collective that provides aftermarket firmware for phones and tablets running Android, has released a new update of its app (free, CyanogenMod mirror network). The ROM, which builds upon Android 2.3, offers support for almost 70 devices, and reportedly has over 50 improvements over the old release. CyanogenMod is also reaffirming that a release that supports HP TouchPads will be available in the near future.
HP may settle fate of webOS group this week
HP may be choosing what to do with its webOS team this week, a rumor purported on Monday. A source within HP told an unusual choice for an outlet, AppleInsider, that the company would say whether it would sell off or spin out the webOS group. It's unclear if this was directly attached to HP's known plans to review its PC unit's future before the end of the month or if the two would head in separate directions.
HP starts internal investigation on Android
An e-mail from HP's Philip Robb from the Open Source Program Office shared online reveals HP is investigating the alleged sale of TouchPads preloaded with Android rather than HP's own webOS software. Robb added HP never authorized the distribution of any version of Android on the tablet. He further said that the manufacturing process couldn't have resulted in Android being preloaded on the TouchPad, and that a third party reportedly stepped in without permission.
Facebook may have backed off on webOS for iPad app
Facebook may have short-changed the HP TouchPad's Facebook app to patch up relations with Apple. An exposé on Friday alleged that Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs was "livid" when he learned of the webOS app's full extent and wanted it gone, considering it a betrayal of a promise the iPad would get first crack at a tablet app. According to Mashable, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg agreed to pull the app, but when opposed by HP's mobile head Jon Rubinstein simply pulled access to Facebook programming interfaces, rendering the app mostly ineffective.
HP may bring webOS to DesignJet printers
A source from HP speaking with Pocket-Lint revealed the company still has plans to use its webOS mobile platform in its line of printers. This, despite discontinuing the TouchPad tablet that used the software and fresh rumors that have HP in talks with Amazon on selling the OS. The software would be used in HP's DesignJet range of professional printers.
Gartner sees no Android, W8 threat to iPad soon
Gartner refreshed its estimates for tablet share in a view that further cemented Apple's lead. It now saw the iPad taking more share in 2011 than predicted just five months ago, up five points to 73.4 percent, or 46.7 million iPads. The analyst group lowered its expectations for Android at the same time and saw it getting just 17.3 percent, or 11 million tablets.
Company cites Oct. 31 deadline
Hewlett-Packard has begun laying off workers at its Palm division. A company spokesman said that reductions were part of the decision announced in August to shut down the webOS unit before the end of the fiscal year on Oct. 31. The move was prompted by the disastrous launch of the TouchPad. The spokesman declined to specify how many positions the company would eliminate. Sources close to the company say that as many as 500 workers may be affected.
7-inch TouchPad Go seen live in leaked photos
The TouchPad Go tablet from HP, was due to ship just a few weeks after HP decided to drop its webOS hardware, has now shown up in live images. A prototype of the 7-inch tablet, codenamed Opal, was apparently in the hands of a user from a Chinese forum site for three months. The specs on the back of the unit match those revealed in the FCC filing from August.
HP TouchPad sells to staff Sept 28 as CM7 updates
HP has signalled that its steeply discounted TouchPad sales are imminent through a leaked staff memo just as work has advanced on hacking Android into the tablet. A notice from Personal Systems Group head Stephen DeWitt has told HP workers that they will have "one last chance" to buy the TouchPad, on September 28. The company is expecting shortages and a glut of orders, TechCrunch saw; staff will be limited to one tablet each and may have to wait up to 10 days for shipments due to the "extraordinarily busy" warehouses.
HP Pre3 and TouchPad 4G for US go up for auction
American webOS fans despondent at HP's decision to exitmobile hardware were given a chance to buy in on Saturday after eBay auctions surfaced for all three. Two auctions for the Pre3 on AT&T and Verizon have recently ended that showed both carriers were at one point committed to the flagship phone. Both have carrier-specific boxes and art, and the AT&T version had already been relabeled as the Pre3 4G to show its support for 14.4Mbps HSPA on the network.
RIM falls under BlackBerry, PlayBook targets
RIM faced bleak results for its summer quarter on Thursday with lower device shipments and much lower finances. The company ran below its own BlackBerry targets and delivered just 10.6 million of the phones, half as many as Apple shipped iPhones in the spring. PlayBook shipments not only didn't increase but sank significantly, down to just 200,000 for the quarter.
DC data shows iPad up in spring tablet shares
Apple managed to gain market share in tablets at the very time that many of its new competitors were supposed to be taking that share away, IDC said Wednesday. Having full access to data from the past spring, it found that the iPad had gained share, moving up from 65.7 percent at the start of the year to 68.3 percent. Multiple Android tablets' arrivals only led to Google's share shrinking, dropping from 34 percent in early 2011 to 26.8 percent mid-year.
Samsung tips off T-Mobile Galaxy S II CPU choice
Samsung in a response on Twitter gave an answer as to the mystery of the processor in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II. A social media spokesperson said it was the 1.5GHz Snapdragon APQ8060, the same processor as in the TouchPad 4G. Every other Galaxy S II version so far uses Samsung's own 1.2GHz Exynos chip.
Qualcomm dual-core processor may be mystery cpu
The processor in the Samsung Galaxy II S for T-Mobile will not be Samsung's own Exynos chip. Samsung Telecommunications Marketing Manager Philip Berne says the the T-Mobile version will use a different dual-core processor than the 1.2GHz Exynos found in both the AT&T and Sprint versions of the handset. Industry watchers see the Tegra 2 as an unlikely choice for a flagship handset. Speculation is centering on a Qualcomm next-generation Snapdragon processor such as the 1.2GHz APQ8060, the chip that powers the discountinued HP Touchpad. The manufacturer says the APQ8060 is not only faster than the Tegra 2 but consumes 47 percent less power.
HP on track to ramp up & deliver by end of October
HP’s Small and Medium Business division has sent out an e-mail to its customers who had placed an orders but had not received shipment of the company's now discontinued TouchPad. HP has told these customers that it will begin fulfilling their orders, at the promised discounted price of as little as $99, in about six to eight weeks. The email was directed at SMB customers only and does not apply to customers who might have unfulfilled orders from the regular home channel.
WebOS tablet shown running Android 2.3.5
Hobbyist developers from Team-TouchDroid claim to have overcome touchscreen incompatibilities that had prevented HP's webOS-based TouchPad tablet from running usable Android builds. The group has reportedly configured touchscreen drivers that enable full multitouch support using the TouchPad's display and Android 2.3.5.
HP sues company it hired to handle refunds
A misunderstanding of large proportions resulted in HP trying to sue one of its own partners party, Germany's Greenova Services GmbH, for allegedly trying to scam HP TouchPad buyers. HP hired the German company to handle refunds for buyers that bought the tablet before the fire sale. Many news sites picked up Greenova's services as a money-making scam, as the site requested bank account numbers.