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HP recently announced that it will be open sourcing its mobile operating system, Web OS, which it purchased from Palm last year. Earlier the company had announced that it would spin off the PC business and exit the smart phone and tablet business. Then HP reversed its decision on PC business. After the runaway fire sale success and the new CEO’s decision to keep the PC business, there has been a lot of speculation about HP’s plans with Web OS. In my opinion, HP is headed in the right direction by making Web OS an open source software (wonder if this was due to lack of buyers).
Web OS may now have new enhancements and new versions in the future (This is good news for those that got the HP TouchPad in the fire sale). Because of the “open source”ing Web OS may also effectively compete with Google’s Android OS, on which most of the tablet hardware manufacturers rely on.
HP’s new CEO, Meg Whitman, also confirmed that HP will not enter the smart phone market but the company is planning to use Web OS in its future tablet products.
HP had earlier announced that it would be spinning off its PC business, but now after CEO Leo Apothekar has been ousted, HP under the supervision of the new CEO Meg Whitman, has decided to keep the PC business. HP’s share prices rose 4.8% to $26.99 yesterday.
HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG [Personal Systems Group]. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”
I’m wondering if it is the same strategy team that advised Apothekar, that now indicate that keeping the PC business is right for everyone. While HP is reversing its decisions, it might also consider rethinking the Web OS and TouchPad business. Who knows?
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If Apple’s 5GB of iCloud is not enough, then check out Box.net who is throwing in a free 50GB for iOS users. The deal starts on Friday 10/14 at 12:01 AM PST and runs for 50 days. All you need to do is download the app on your iDevice and the storage space will be your forever! With Airplay, you can also wireless-ly stream your Box.net content to your TV. I’m jumping from the DropBox bandwagon to the Box.net wagon. What about you?
Before HP shut down their TouchPad business, Box.net was giving away 50 GB free storage on TouchPads too and DropBox collaborated with HTC to give away 5 GB of free cloud for HTC users. But 50 GB trumps the meager 5GB 🙂
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If you missed out on HP’s blow out $99 sale for the Touch Pad, nothing to fret! Touch Pad is making a come back one last time (or so HP claims. After all their wishy washy announcements, I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce the resurrection of WebOS soon after). We don’t know how much HP would price the next round of tablets, but let’s hope it’s close to that smashing $99 price range.Here are some other options if you don’t really care for the OS.
RIM announced a $50 discount on Play Book for the Labor day weekend at Best Buy. A 16GB Play Book would cost $449.99 at a $50 discount. Not a huge deal, but clearly Playbooks are not selling.
Amazon’s yet to be released Amazon Kindle running Android with Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon App Store is expected to be priced at $250. I would be interested to see the market dynamics when this one comes out.
The low priced entrants in the Indian tablet market will undercut almost all tablets in the US. Reliance’s 3G Tab at $285, Bharti’s Beetle Magiq at $220, LACS’s $99 tablets and the best priced of all is OLPC’s $35 tablet.
All in all, small gross margins, stiff competition and a lot of blood shed to come.
I can’t end a blog without talking about Apple, right? 🙂 Apple iPad 2s are starting to peek into the refurbished inventory. Currently, they have the fully loaded 3G AT&T and Verizon iPad 2 at $779 after having shed $50 from its original $829.
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For just $100 more compared to the discounted XOOM price, you can get an Acer Iconia or the Asus Eee Pad Transformer for $399. Not willing to spend that much, get a Dell Streak 7 for $279, although you won’t get Honeycomb on that :P.
There’s a lot of good tablets out there. If you’re looking for one hopefully you end up on this side of the fence instead of Apple’s 😉
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HP has made it official that it’s spinning off its PC business and killing Web OS phones and touch pads. HP had acquired Web OS last year in the $1.2 billion purchase of Palm Inc. If you are one of the die-hard Web OS fans, here’s a deal for you. HP is liquidating its Touch Pad (16 GB) for $99. Check out the YouTube video about Hitler’s reaction to the Web OS death, it’s quite funny.
HP is not the only company giving up its mobile software business, Nokia recently gave up MeeGo OS and Symbian OS to work closely with Microsoft. And Google acquired Motorola mobility to defend Android from patent trolls. It’s a hard “mobile” world out there! Well, except for Apple! 😛
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Have you ever wondered why we haven’t gotten rid of wires to charge our phones and other devices? Don’t you think It’s time someone big jumps into the wireless charging pool? HP did it 2 years ago and introduced the Palm Pre with wireless charging built-in, such that placing the phone on a special charging mat would automatically recharge the phone. Unfortunately HP didn’t seem to create too many ripples in the phone industry.
A recent report by Wall Street Journal stated that Apple is working on new way of charging the iPhone. Recently Apple filed a patent, “Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment” which describes your iMac creating a virtual charging area where wireless devices such as mice, keyboards and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad could simply be charged if present in 1 meter proximity to the computer. Isn’t that cool? Well, the possibilities with wireless charging are endless – cars that can be wirelessly charged, a central wireless charging system at homes etc.
WiTricity, a 2007 start up company has made significant advances in wireless charging where you can transfer larger amounts of power wirelessly over more practical distances than traditional induction (used by Palm Pre and other wireless charging systems like PowerMat where the device has to be in contact in order to transfer the power). See the video below for WiTricity CEO demo’ing the solution at TED.
Recently Qualcomm announced alliances with Duracell and PowerMat to explore wireless charging possibilities. Qualcomm’s wireless approach called WiPower, that was on display at CES this year, allows for transferring energy wirelessly between a charging pad and devices containing built-in devices (aka Qualcomm ASICs). Interesting? I can’t wait for all the wireless charging solutions to materialize in the consumer market!
Source: MacRumors, Wall Street Journal
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I’ve never understood the need for a wireless charging pad. Powermat, Energizer, Palm and LG all offer the same type of “wireless charging” solution. The wireless charging station is suppose get rid of the clutter and there’s no need to hassle with the cables.
Well, the way I see it, is that you still need to plug in the “pad” to an outlet. Not to mention, there’s an ugly pad on your nightstand or desk. Hmm, is that really getting rid of the clutter? Not to mention, you’ll need to buy a special case for your phone and you’ll need to make sure that it’s aligned correctly on the pad before it’ll charge! I say just plug the dang phone in, it will take you 2 seconds 🙂
However, I’m super excited the type of wireless charging that AppleGirl is reporting. It sounds like there will still be some type of “pad” device, but you’ll be able to hide it and there’ll be no need to place your phone directly on it 🙂 As long as you can place it within a certain vicinity it’ll work! Hey, I did say it’ll take 2 seconds to plug in the phone, but sometimes I do forget 🙂 If I can place it on my nightstand and have it automatically charge it’s a plus. Not to mention, us gals like to have big purses these days. If I can just leave it in my purse and bring it close enough to have it automatically charge it’ll save me another 5 mins 🙂
P.S: Google, I hope you have something in the works. If AppleGirl gets this before I do, I’m not going to be a happy camper!