HP confirms what we already knew: No Windows Phone 7 devices from them

I didn’t post about this earlier because I’ve actually already reported about it more than 12 days ago(!) but it seems like nobody really cared back then (wonder why…). Here’s HP‘s chief Strategy Officer, Shane Robison confirmation that the company is no longer a Windows Phone 7 partner and is focusing on WebOS instead.

Q: Can you make webOS successful with developers when you’re selling Windows Phone 7, maybe Android or Linux at the same time?

A: We continue to be Microsoft’s biggest customer, and we continue to believe we will drive innovation with Microsoft. At the same time, I think it’s clear to say, that we’re very focused on the customer, and giving the customer the experience that’s important to them. We won’t do — will not do a Linux / Android phone. We won’t do a Microsoft phone.

Q: So no Windows Phone 7?

A: We will continue to more broadly deliver the webOS-based phones that are in the market today, and Jon and his team have driven a strong roadmap for the future.

Q: So does that mean you’re going webOS only for phones?

A: For smartphones it does. Our intent is to focus those resources and really make webOS the best OS it can be.

Video after the break:

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LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell will ship Windows Phone 7 phones this fall. HP no longer a partner

 

Microsoft’s Senior Vice President, Mobile Communications Business, Andy Lees has announced a few minutes ago during his WPC10 presentation that consumers can expect to see Windows Phone 7 handsets from HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell shipping this fall. This also means that other partners like Gamrin Asus, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba won’t have their devices ready before the end of the year. Another interesting piece of info popped up during Steve Ballmer’s speach yesterday in one of his PPT slides (pictured above): HP is no longer a Windows phone 7 partner. This shouldn’t come as a surprise especially after the Palm acquisition (even though HP was a bit confused about this subject lately).

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HP: WebOS smartphones…maybe


Woops, looks like yesterday’s CEO speech didn’t really please the PR team at HP so they issued a damage control statement about the future of WebOS on smartphones:

When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP’s small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS’s footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones.

Well, this is rather vague in my opinion. Especially when you compare to the Mark Hurd’s statement :

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.

Anyway, both statements should probabyl be forgotten for the time being (HP hasn’t bought Palm yet btw). We will know the really deal soon enough (Windows Phone 7 handsets will start to be announced this summer).

HP: No WebOS Smartphones in the works


This was kinda un-expected especially coming from big corporation like HP who is about to pay $1.2Billion to acquire a smartphone company. According to CEO Mark Hurd who spoke at the  Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference yesterday, the The Palm acquisition had nothing to do with being in the smartphone business.

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.

Bad news for all the WebOS fans I guess. But this may sound like music to Microsoft’s ears. HP is/was a Windows Phone 7 launch partner but everything was sort of put on hold after the Palm acquisition announcement. Nothing is really known yet but I guess that we will know soon enough if HP is still riding the Windows Phone 7 train.

Source: ZDNet

HP kills off the HP Slate?


File this in the rumor category and grab some salt..According to sources close to the matter, HP is about to cancel the much hyped Windows 7 Slate Tablet PC. Now this might seem a little far fetched given that the project is probably in its final stage before commercialization but after all that’s happen since yesterday (HTC paying MS for using Android, HP buying Palm, Microsoft canceling the Courier..) everything seems possible. If (big IF) this turns out to be true then my feeling that the decision to cancel the Courier Project yesterday is connected and motivated by HP’s acquisition of Palm is re-inforced. Let’s all wait and see for now…

Source: Techcrunch

HP reevaluating Windows Phone 7 after Palm acquisition


This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody given yesterday’s news; in an interview with CNN, HP‘s strategy chief Shane Robison said that he’s still unsure if the company still has plans to ship / build Windows Phone 7 products:

What does this say about any plans that you may or may not have to use Windows Phone 7? Will webOS be your exclusive mobile platform, or will you also use Microsoft. At one point, Palm was using both its own OS and Microsoft’s.

We’re going to have to sort through all that over the coming months. We’re very, very serious partners with Microsoft. We hope to continue to be their biggest customer. And in this particular space, which is a small segment for us, we’ve got to work with them to figure out exactly what the roadmap looks like.

Frankly now that have WebOS (once the deal is done obviously), I don’t see any reason for them to have Windows Phone 7 products.

Source: CNN

HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion

 

Today seems to be full of surprises, first Microsoft’s announced a patent licensing deal with HTC over their Android handsets (and its plan to have other Android OEMs to pay them royalties too) now it’s HP‘s turn to announce that they have agreed to acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion:

HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications.

“Palm’s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP’s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”

“We’re thrilled by HP’s vote of confidence in Palm’s technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP’s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS,” said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm. ”We look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and business partners.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Palm stockholders will receive $5.70 in cash for each share of Palm common stock that they hold at the closing of the merger. The merger consideration takes into account the updated guidance and other financial information being released by Palm this afternoon. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals and the approval of Palm’s stockholders. The transaction is expected to close during HP’s third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2010.

Palm’s current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remain with the company.

This is a move that will surely not go well with the boys in blue in Redmond especially given that HP was listed as a Windows Phone 7 partner and also pushing hard behind Microsoft’s Windows 7 Tablet initiative with the HP Slate. On the other hand I hope that this move by HP will give Microsoft the envy/courage to accelerate the development the mysterious Courier Tablet and ship it as soon as possible.

Source: HP

HP Slate TabletPC shown


Well, like I predicted earlier, there was no Microsoft Courier in sight during Steve Ballmer’s CES opening keynote. Instead of showing the HP TouchSmart tm2 like I initialy thought an HP Slate Tablet PC protype was demonstrated and frankly it wasn’t that hot. The TouchSmart tm2 is a fully working product, god knows why they didn’t show it instead of the Slate prototype..Oh well here’s short teaser video:

Source: HP

HP TouchSmart tm2 TabletPC announced


The TabletPC that the NYTimes wants to make you believe is a direct competitor to Apple’s unannounced Tablet and that Steve Ballmer is going to showoff tonight during his CES keynote has been officially announced by HP just a few hours ago. Here’s the full press release:

HP TouchSmart tm2

Building on HP TouchSmart software innovation, the thin, powerful HP TouchSmart tm2 updates the tx2 – the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multitouch technology designed specifically for consumers.

With the convertible tm2, customers can choose the product configuration and input method that is most comfortable and natural, whether on a couch, in an airplane or while surfing the web. (3) As a traditional notebook, the tm2 offers a keyboard and touch-enabled display for input. Converted to a slate, the tm2 morphs into a sketchpad with digital pen, allowing artists to sketch on the go and students to take notes in class.

Feather-light capacitive multitouch display technology responds to the softest touch of a finger. The display also supports multitouch gestures such as zoom, scroll and rotate by allowing more than one finger to be accepted as input simultaneously. With the digital pen, handwriting appears on the display as digital ink, similar to writing on paper.

Featuring a sophisticated aluminum design with “Riptide” engraved illustration, the tm2 provides a full notebook experience with the latest low-voltage Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors and optional high multimedia performance ATI Mobility Radeon™ discrete graphics upgrades.(4) The tm2 also provides up to nine hours of battery life via the standard six-cell battery and includes a fingerprint reader as well as an advanced thermal design that helps keep the PC cool.(5)

New touch applications enhancing the tm2 experience include:

• BumpTop, a touch-enhanced 3-D interface for photos and documents that allows users to spatially organize and “toss” or share files and photos to social media sites or email.
• DigiFish Dolphin, an interactive 3-D screensaver that recreates an ocean environment to be experienced via touch or a mouse.
• Corel® Paint it! Touch, whichTM allows users to draw and paint or turn photos into paintings using fingertips.

The tm2 also features many of the same exclusive built-for-touch applications found on the recently introduced tx2 and HP TouchSmart PC, including exclusive touch-enabled games and Corel Painter Sketch Pad application for creating digital art.

The tm2 now offers a touch-enabled Netflix application, which delivers thousands of full-screen movies and TV episodes that are instantly streamed from Netflix over the Internet and can be watched any time at no additional cost by Netflix members with an unlimited subscription. Other recently introduced applications within the TouchSmart software include Hulu Desktop or Internet TV, Twitter and HP Music Store.(6)

As part of HP’s commitment to the environment and to eliminating all uses of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in its computing products by 2011,(7) the TouchSmart tm2 is BFR/PVC-free.

Here are two hands-on videos shot by Engadget:

The digitzer used on the HP TouchSmart tm2 is probably Wacom’s recently announced “Feel It” sensor tecnology:

Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver, WA – Jan. 4, 2010 – Wacom® announced today that it has begun production and shipment of a multi-touch sensor system for integration with Windows® 7 PCs featuring an improved controller circuit that realizes greater precision and space reduction. The new sensor system will be on display and available for demonstration at the Wacom booth during the CES trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 7 to 10. Visitors to Wacom booth #31435, located on the upper level of the Center’s South Hall, will be able to put the multi-touch sensor capabilities to the test on one of the latest consumer notebook computers from HP, the first to incorporate the new sensor system into a mobile device.

See Wacom’s PR here.

Update: Here’s the HP product shown during the CES keynote

Source: Engadget

Tomorrow’s HP / Microsoft tablet will probably be the HP tm2-1070us

 

The New York Times is claiming that Microsoft‘s CEO Steve Ballmer will introduce a new “Slate PC Ahead of Apple” during his opening CES keynote:

This product better be good because Apple is expected to unveil its take on the slate/tablet form-factor later this month. If history holds, Apple will issue a product that surprises people in a few ways and that stands out from the crowd.

So, the last thing Mr. Ballmer wants to hold up is a me-too type device.

Spokespeople from Microsoft and H.P. declined to comment on the product or the content of Mr. Ballmer’s speech.

My sources, however, say that Mr. Ballmer will show the as yet unnamed H.P. device. The product will be touted as a multi-media whiz with e-reader and multi-touch functions.

Don’t get your hopes up folks, because the Tablet PC will probably be the-soon-to-be released HP TouchSmart tm2-1070us:

1.30GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 Processor, 4GB DDR3, 320GB Hard Drive, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Intel 4500MHD GPU, 12.1″ MultiTouch Display, Webcam Mic, Fingerprint sensor, Windows 7 Premium 64bit

This how things work lately: Post bullsh@t story about Microsoft trying to one-up Apple/Google, then bash them afterwards because the mythical product didn’t materialize.

We will see tomorrow…

Update: Heres the actual product shown

Source: NYTimes

One more HP iPAQ Glisten review

HP Glisten review
This time it’s Pocketnow’s turn to posted a review of the HP iPAQ Glisten WM6.5 smartphone. Their conclusion is in line with what other’s have said:

There are a lot of wishes that we have for the iPAQ Glisten, but it’s important to keep in mind that this device isn’t supposed to be flashy and excellent at multimedia playback. If you want that, get the Tilt 2.

For starters we wish that HP would have done something…anything…to change the interface of Windows Mobile. Each and every Windows Phone on the market has some improved home screen interface, plus a couple of pieces of software that are indpendent of what Microosft includes. The Glisten is basically running a clean and tidy installation of Windows Mobile 6.5. That’s it! While this may make the tweakers happy, it provides a drab experience for most users who want something interesting with a little bit of eye candy.

The rest of our gripes have to do with features and qualities that we see in other devices but not in the Glisten. For example, the small and low resolution screen isn’t good enough for a good photo/video experience. Also, swapping out microSD cards isn’t easy and requires you to pop out the battery. But again, it’s likely that the average Glisten user isn’t going to be using the device for multimedia, so these aren’t huge issues.

Read the whole thing here

HP iPAQ Glisten reviews

Here are two reviews of the HP iPAQ Glisten (Obsidian) Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. The first one is from Cnet:

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a smartphone from HP here in the United States, but the company’s hoping to shine with its new messaging device for AT&T, called the HP iPaq Glisten. The Windows Mobile 6.5 handset looks decent on paper, offering all the essential features a mobile professional would want in a smartphone: a full range of wireless options, e-mail capabilities with a spacious QWERTY keyboard, and productivity tools. However, after spending some time with the device, we came away feeling completely underwhelmed by the iPaq Glisten. Its AMOLED touch screen should be one of the highlights of the smartphone, but instead, the low-resolution screen and the poor touch interface make it one of the phone’s downfalls. In addition, there’s very little in the way of extras or customization that just makes the smartphone feel drab.

For our money, we’d rather give up the touch screen and go with something like the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700, which offers a sharper screen, faster performance, and costs about $80 less than the iPaq. However, if you’re not a BlackBerry fan or are partial to Windows Mobile, the iPaq Glisten can do the job, just don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles. The HP iPaq Glisten is available now with a two-year contract for $179.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Check it out here

WMExperts have also posted their thoughts about the device:

Glisten review

The size and slightly contoured edges felt good in the hand. I liked the keyboard but wished the top and side controls were raised just a little to make them easier to manipulate. The Glisten zips along nicely running Windows Mobile 6.5 and while it may not have the flash of other Windows phones, I found it to be a very capable Windows phone.

The AMOLED screen grew on me and it has its advantages over the traditional screen (works well outdoors). I don’t think the AMOLED screen is a deal breaker but does add to the phone.

Read it here

Source: Cnet & WMExperts

HP iPAQ Glisten unboxing & hands-on

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Engadget posted their hands-on impressions of HP‘s newly launched Windows Mobile 6.5 business smartphone, the iPAQ Glisten.

The screen uses AMOLED technology, which really makes colors pop — it looks nice — but the Glisten clocks in at QVGA resolution, and it’s noticeable. Basically, WinMo 6.5 Professional was clearly never designed to operate on a tiny QVGA display, let alone a landscape-oriented one. This led us straight into minor usability issues throughout the device, from 6.5′s infamous “honeycomb” menu (which looks more ridiculous on this display than on any other we’ve seen) to the home screen, which doesn’t have the spit and polish at QVGA that it does at VGA or WVGA. The main menu here was designed to be flicked through with a finger, but try scrolling it on a finicky resistive display that’s just over an inch and a half tall. We dare you. Fortunately, you’ve got the d-pad — HP doesn’t intend you to navigate screens with touch — but the point is that this UI paradigm shouldn’t exist on this phone at all.

In brief, the Glisten looks and feels like a Motorola Q9 successor — which, when you think about it, is perfect timing since Moto’s looking to wind down the majority of its WinMo business. It’s not going to capture the public’s imagination, but as far as we can tell, it’s not designed to — it’s just a serviceable portrait QWERTY smartphone running an aging operating system that has become a refuge for business types unable or unwilling to invest the time and effort to migrate to another platform. For committed Q9 owners whose handsets have seen better days, that might be more than enough of a value proposition for AT&T to get another $180 out of you — and hey, you get a touchscreen and an upgraded WinMo build out of the deal.

Doesn’t look really exciting doesn’t it? Especially if you can get a BlackBerry for the same (or cheaper) price. Hopefully Microsoft is hard at work on WinMo7 because it isn’t looking goo for Redmond right now (the HD2 is basically the only Windows Mobile device that is susceptible to be a success right, but one device isn’t going to save WinMo..) especially with this kind of news.

HP Glisten review and software tour

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InfoSyncWorld posted a short review of the HP iPAQ Glisten (Obsidian) smartphone which they found barely good enough. Unfortunately HP didn’t bother tweaking the device with any custom UI changes or anything else. here’s their conclusion:

With the HP iPaq Glisten, we wonder if HP has been paying attention to the phone market for the last couple of years. The phone is the most basic, barebones Windows Mobile 6.5 device you could imagine, with almost no extra software or convenient tweaks to improve the user experience. Business users will enjoy the tight integration with Microsoft Exchange and the solid build quality. The phone also packs a large battery and can hold a charge through a busy day’s use. Plus, the keyboard is nice and large for easy typing, definitely a solid competitor to RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9700. But beyond the basic business features, the phone comes up short. As more business users rely on a single device for their work and personal lives, the HP iPaq Glisten performs poorly at Web browsing, multimedia functions, taking pictures and just about anything other than serious work. The interface is difficult to use by touch alone, which is why most manufacturers, like HTC with their Tilt 2 on AT&T, improve it with some sort of enhancements. But with the HP iPaq Glisten, all you get are the basics, and that might not be enough for many users. Release: December 2009. Price: $180.

Read it here

Pocketnow also uploaded a video hardware & software tour of the Glisten:

Source: InfosyncWorld & Pocketnow

HP iPAQ Glisten unboxed on video

HP Glisten
Pocketnow posted a short unboxing video of the recently announced HP iPAQ Glisten (Obsidian). Nothing really exciting here folks, other than the AMOLED screen (it’s small and only QVGA thought). For more information about the Glisten click here

Source: Pocketnow

HP iPAQ Glisten announced, landing on AT&T next month

HP iPAQ Glisten
You may remember the HP iPaq K3 Obsidian we’ve reported about a few times before. Well, this Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone is now finally launching as the HP iPaq Glisten and is landing on AT&T next month for $229.99 after a mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. The device in only aimed at businnesses, the specs are :

- Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528Mhz
- Windows Mobile® Professional 6.5
- 2,46? AMOLED 320×240 Touch Screen
- 3.2 Megapixel camera
- 256 MB RAM 512 MB ROM
- 3G world phone for voice and data1,2:
– North America: 850/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE; 850/1900 MHz UMTS/HSDPA
– Latin America: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE; 850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA
– Europe/Asia Pacific: 900/1800 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE; 850/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA
- WiFi: 802.11 b/g1
- Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR for short-range wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices
- GPS
- 1590 mAh Li-Polymer battery
- MicroSD slot supports up to 32 GB
- QWERTY keyboard, 5-way directional pad
- 3.5 mm headset jack, speakerphone, microphones on the bottom and back for phone
conversations and voice recording; noise cancellation for improved call audio
- 112.8 x 62.8 x 13.4mm, 132g

Check out the pdf here

Source: AT&T via Pocketnow

HP Obsidian and LG Monaco coming to AT&T this November

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More tips form BGR today. This time about the HP Obsidian and LG Monaco Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones. According to the screenshot above, these two devices are supposed to launch on AT&T network this November. It also looks like the Samsung Jack and Epix will get a WM 6.5 upgrade. Nothing else is known though.

Source: BGR

HP iPaq K3 Obsidian hits the FCC, gets ready for AT&T

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Looks like HP’s latest iPaq the K3 Obsidian is heading to AT&T after getting the FCC’s approval. The Phones specs are the following:

Windows Mobile 6.5
Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528Mhz
2,46? AMOLED 320×240 Touch Screen
3.2 Megapixel camera
256 MB RAM 512 MB ROM
WiFi b/g
GPS

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Source: FCC via Engadget

HP iPAQ K3 “Obsidian” spotted in the wild

Looks like HP’s latest iPaq offering is in the wild (in Vietnam). Sohoa posted a few pictures of what looks to be a nice Windows Mobile 6.5 competitor to the BlackBerry qwerty smartphones and it looks to be headed to AT&T.
Specs are:
Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528Mhz
2,46″ AMOLED 320×240 Touch Screen
3.2 Megapixel camera
256 MB RAM 512 MB ROM
WiFi b/g
GPS

More pics here