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    Hi all,

    I just came across this one. We shall see what the short and long term brings us.

    Take care, Jay



    HP: WebOS slate on the way, donít expect a WebOS netbook
    Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010, 10:01 am by Brad Linder


    HP: WebOS slate on the way, don’t expect a WebOS netbook

    Ever since HP announced plans to acquire Palm a few weeks ago, thereís been a lot of speculation about exactly what the company plans to do with Palmís WebOS operating system. Today an HP exec has confirmed that the company is developing a WebOS tablet which should be available by October. Thatís not particularly surprising.

    I was a little surprised to learn that HP is pretty much ruling out putting WebOS on a netbook. HP CEO Mark Hurd mentioned the other day that all sorts of devices, including web-connected printers could be equipped with WebOS in the future. So it seems strange to rule out a rather obvious product category like netbooks or smartbooks.

    That said, Iíve long suspected that a hurdle smartbooks and other Linux-based netbooks have to overcome is the fact that they look like laptops. And people expect laptops to do certain things ó like run the applications theyíve been running on PC or Mac computers for ages including Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and so on. Sure, weíre moving toward a point where the most important app on any machine is the web browser, but while people are perfectly happy to adjust to the peculiarities of a smartphone or iPad-like tablet, if you present someone with a device that has a 10 inch display and a keyboard they tend to think they already know how to use it and could get frustrated when it turns out they donít.

    Of course, thereís nothing preventing users from hacking WebOS onto netbooks ó and weíve already seen some folks taking the first steps toward doing just that.
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    Hi all,

    Here is an update.

    Take care, Jay



    HP on Web OS Devices: Tablet Coming Before October, No Plans for Netbooks
    By DEVINDRA HARDAWAR of VentureBeat, May 21, 2010

    HP on Web OS Devices - Tablet Coming Before October, No Plans for Netbooks - NYTimes.com

    Weíve written previously that HPís acquisition of Palm will also mean a great deal for the companyís future tablet and netbook plans, particularly since Palmís Web OS software is well-suited for those types of devices. Now we have even further details on those plans. HP is planning to bring out a Web OS-equipped version of its Slate tablet before the end of the fiscal year in October, and it appears to have given up on the idea of bringing Web OS to netbooks, according to Digitimes.

    The site spoke to Monty Wong, vice president of personal computing systems group at HPís Taiwan branch, who mentioned that netbooks arenít a good fit for Web OS since they function like typical computers. Netbooks originally debuted running stripped down versions of Linux, but these days they run typical desktop operating systems like Windows XP and 7.

    Since Web OS was originally designed for Palmís Pre smartphone, it would require a significant overhaul to make it suitable for netbooks. Web OS makes more sense in tablet devices since they also use multi-touch displays like modern smartphones, except on a larger scale. Itís also why Apple decided to use its iPhone OS on the iPad, instead of developing something entirely new. Google is currently in the process of figuring out which of its operating systems ó the mobile Android OS, or the upcoming browser-based Chrome OS ó to push for netbooks, and the outlook doesnít look so great for Android.

    The news doesnít mean that HP will never attempt throwing Web OS on a netbook, just that it wonít be happening any time this year. HPís schedule for the revamped Web OS Slate would make it available for consumers by this holiday season, and it will have plenty of company from Android tablets by that point.

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    Tags: netbooks, Slate, tablets, Web OS

    Companies: Hp, Palm

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    There seems to be conflicting reports between CNet/Engadget (saying yes, WebOS) and PreCentral/Slashgear (Saying no, Windows 7). I think they're both citing the same thing, DigiTimes, which is very ambiguous on which OS it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMississippi View Post
    There seems to be conflicting reports between CNet/Engadget (saying yes, WebOS) and PreCentral/Slashgear (Saying no, Windows 7). I think they're both citing the same thing, DigiTimes, which is very ambiguous on which OS it is.
    HI, I agree, take care, Jay
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