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  1.    #1  
    strange that I don't see this news elsewhere here:


    HP Confirms WebOS Tablet

    Dual-platform strategy will also see Hewlett-Packard ship a slate computer that runs Windows 7.

    By Paul McDougall, InformationWeek
    Aug. 20, 2010

    Hewlett-Packard will ship a tablet-style computer based on the company's WebOS operating system in the first part of next year. The computer maker also plans to release a tablet that runs Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, according to a company executive.

    "You'll see us with a Microsoft product in the near future, and a WebOS-based product in early 2011, said Todd Bradley, the head of HP's Personal Systems Group, in a conference call Thursday in which HP disclosed fiscal third quarter earnings.

    HP acquired WebOS through its $1.2 billion acquisition of mobile device manufacturer Palm earlier this year.

    The move raised questions about HP's commitment to longtime partner Microsoft. Now, it appears HP will target the consumer market with WebOS-based mobile products, while continuing to offer Windows-powered devices to enterprises.

    In releasing a tablet, HP is hoping to replicate Apple's success with the iPad in the nascent market for devices that bridge the gap between PCs and smartphones. Apple sold more than three million iPads in the first 80 days the product was on the market. Dell also recently entered the arena with the debut of the Google Android-based Streak.

    For its third quarter, HP reported profits of $1.8 billion, or 75 cents per share, compared to profits of $1.7 billion in the same period a year ago. Revenue increased 11% year-over-year, to $30.7 billion...


    URL: HP Confirms WebOS Tablet -- InformationWeek
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  2.    #3  
    This article discusses something I and others have repeatedly focused on -- the lack of Apps and their importance to OSes -- in this case the webOS pad.


    HP Tablet Hobbled by Lack of WebOS Apps
    Jeff Bertolucci, PC World
    Aug 20, 2010 5:50 pm

    Now that Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to release a webOS tablet early next year, its next big goal--in addition to building the device--is to persuade software developers to write apps for the mobile gadget. Given the early popularity of Apple's iPad, as well as the imminent arrival of numerous tablets running Google's Android OS, that task could prove challenging.

    HP bought Palm in April for $1.2 billion, primarily for the smartphone maker's webOS operating system. Critically acclaimed when it debuted in January 2009, webOS earned kudos for its elegant design and sophisticated features. Sadly, it had the misfortune of being paired with the Palm Pre, a very good smartphone that couldn't compete against the Apple iPhone, a growing number of Android handsets, and the rest of the mobile pack.

    The Pre's main weakness? A lack of mobile apps, which were quickly becoming a huge draw for smartphone users. While the Pre's App Catalog had some worthy offerings, it was losing a numbers game to the iPhone, which hosted tens of thousands of more apps. The Pre got slaughtered.

    Tablets Are Coming

    As HP prepares to launch its webOS tablet, the app battle is even more daunting. Apple's iOS App Store has in excess of 225,000 applications, and the Android Market has more than 70,000. Of course, the vast majority of those iOS apps aren't written specifically for Apple's tablet. But the iPad's proven popularity is a certainly drawing card for developers.

    And Android? Again, those 70K apps may not be tailored for a tablet's larger display, but the sheer number of Android tablets coming soon (from multiple manufacturers) is a bound to lure coders.

    The webOS tablet, by comparison, is a single tablet from a single company--albeit a company that happens to be the largest computer manufacturer in the world. If platform-specific apps are as important to tablet users as they are to smartphone fans--and we're talking about a pretty similar demographic here--HP has a big challenge on its hands.

    Of course, a webOS failure wouldn't hurt HP all that much. The behemoth plans to ship a Windows 7 tablet for the business market, and it certainly has the resources to launch an Android slate (or two) if the webOS tablet fizzles. But given Hewlett-Packard's sizable investment in webOS, it's unlikely that HP will bail on Palm's prized OS anytime soon.

    HP Tablet Hobbled by Lack of WebOS Apps - PCWorld
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