At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, we saw two formerly great smartphone brands — Nokia and BlackBerry — try to win their way back into consumers' hearts with the relaunch of decidedly old-school gadgets. BlackBerry Mobile, whose name is licensed to Chinese electronics maker TCL, introduced its newest throwback with the BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android phone that looks like an updated, more modern version of the BlackBerry 9900. Nokia, now run by HMD Global, just decided to straight-up bring back the 3310 form-factor, but with a colour screen, a camera and crazy battery life.
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Remember that time Chubby Checker wanted to sue HP over a penis-measuring WebOS app that was also called "Chubby Checker"? There's more fun to come: ol' Chubs just got the go-ahead to sue the pants off HP.
Jon Rubinstein, the former Apple exec, godfather of webOS and CEO of Palm, has left HP, reports AllThingsD. The move isn't too surprising as the writing has been on the wall since he left HP's Palm unit last summer to move to a lesser role at HP's Personal Systems Group.
So apparently newish HP CEO Meg Whitman has held an all-hands-on-deck meeting to discuss the fate of webOS, which is exactly the kind of meeting you have when your ship is sinking. The verdict, according to The Verge: uh, give us a few weeks. Perfect.
Down the rabbit hole we go, to where tablets last six weeks on the market, great mobile OS's are put out to pasture before their time, and HP executives are not told of doomed tablets until days before their demise.
An anonymous source tells TheNextWeb that HP had been testing webOS on other devices. One test in particular, saw them running webOS on an iPad 2 and achieving results that were more than twice as fast than the OS running natively on the Touchpad.
Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein - the guy who resurrected Palm - is leaving HP's Palm unit (no longer called Palm, to boot). Taking over is Stephen DeWitt, HP's US computer overlord. This isn't good for webOS. In fact, It's terrible.
...HP has said that the WebOS based tablet will be coming to Australia "later this year". Huzzah!
HP has finally announced when the HP TouchPad, the awesome webOS tablet, will be available: July 1. It's going to be Wi-Fi only version and will run for $US500 for 16GB and $US600 for 32GB. Pre-orders start June 19th.
HP CEO Leo Apotheker has some crazy interesting things to say about the best neglected platform in smartphones: webOS. Like that he's open to licensing webOS to other phonemakers - HTC, for instance.
Holy shit this phone is adorable. I feel like I'm bear-hugging it with my hand every time I hold it.
HP's CEO has promised that webOS for PCs is coming - to every PC they ship from 2012. Saying that "HP has lost its soul," CEO Leo Apotheker hopes that bundling webOS with Windows will entice more customers into buying HP products. Does that sound like something you'd buy?