Posts Tagged ‘HP’

Orange’s Dual Number and Palm’s Upcoming Tablet Device

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Tablet devices are the perfect fit for the home. Be it for viewing media, playing games, browsing the internet or simply typing out an email, these devices tend to be small lightweight touch screens that allow users to hook up to a WiFi hotspot (or have a small SIM port for 3G access).

The result is the ultimate in web browsing experience (as the use of the touch screen is actually a lot more intuitive than a mouse and keyboard). This is why the iPad has been so successful and why so many people are excited over the Galaxy Tab which runs the Android OS. As for Palm’s WebOS, it seems that HP has decided to modify it for use with a tablet and that the device will be coming out next year.

2011 is still plenty of time for HP to provide this Palm branded device with all the hardware and software support that it needs.

Orange mobile UK may be focusing on the release of high end smart phones for the general public, but a recent announcement from the mobile network operator has shown that they still have plenty to offer for business customers.

According to reports, Orange has a new dual number plan for people who need to consolidate a business line and a personal line into a single device and this is the perfect solution for everyone struggling with two numbers –even on dual SIM devices. With most dual SIM phones unable to access 3G networks, Orange’s offer is a great alternative that would provide companies with better control of expenditures while still providing excellent mobility options for their employees.

These dual number plans are already available on Orange Mobile UK and come in varying monthly allowances; there is also a pay as you go option as well.

Samsung’s New Devices and HP’s Teasers

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

HP is keeping everyone in the dark about what exact products the company is developing. But from a recently released image, it appears that the company is currently pursuing development on a wide range of products.

The image shows Phil McKinney (current CTO for HP) with several new devices on hand. As to specifically what devices he is holding, nobody knows. The image has all the new gadgets blocked out with black boxes leaving only a size references to determine what kind of gadgets these things could be. Anyway, one of the devices stands out: what appears to be standard sized smart phone.

HP’’s attempt at a smart phone has long been awaited for since the company took control of former smart phone manufacturer Palm. The Palm WebOS and keyboard layouts are quite famous and successful in the tech industry and many have been waiting to see what HP would actually do with the resources.

In other mobile handset news, Samsung has recently been teasing the world with a couple of new devices: one Android and the other a Bada smart phone.

Many are already quite familiar with the recently uploaded site for the Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser website and from the looks of it, the Korean phone maker will be pushing full steam ahead with their new touch screen tablet device.

It might have a smaller screen than that 9.7 inch display of the iPad, but even with 7 inches, the Tab is still quite a tempting choice –particularly because this device is reported to be able to take and make calls.

This potentially makes the Galaxy Tab the largest smart phone. The other device is the Wave 723 which is a new Bada based smart phone that looks a lot like the Wave 2 devices but only with a better camera (5 mega pixels).

Goodbye Palm Smart Phones

Monday, June 7th, 2010

palm_logoThe mobile phone industry was already aware that Palm was in dire financial trouble for quite some time. The company has seen not only rumors of a potential buy-out, but a list of interested buyers have also popped out. Taiwanese mobile device manufacturer HTC and computer maker Lenovo are among the top names that were interested in acquiring Palm’s technologies and patents, but a surprise move by HP surprised all –out of the blue, the company emerged as the buyer of Palm.

Before the buyout, many of Palm’s top executives and officers have resigned –presumably leaving for more promising opportunities. Palm’s CEO Jon Rubinstein was the only one left behind and keeping the company spirit alive. The merger with HP was the moment the man was waiting for –or so we all thought.

palm_pixi_pre_plusWhile HP had never officially announced public what their intentions for buying Palm was, many assumed that they would be taking over operations and would continue Palm as a mobile phone manufacturer. But an announcement by Mark Hurd, CEO of HP at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Technology conference made everything clear: HP would not be manufacturing smart phones.

According to the big man himself, the acquisition was entirely based on obtaining ownership of the WebOS –a technology that HP deemed too important to be lost to their competitors. But while the WebOS is primarily intended to be a mobile phone operating system, experts predict that it should fit in nicely as an OS for a tablet (or whatever new device that HP is indeed working on).

With this new announcement it seems that the Palm Pixi Plus and the Palm Pre Plus have now become the last smart phones we will ever get to see from this amazing manufacturer. The tech industry can only hope that the gap they leave will be filled in soon enough.

O2 UK Gets Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Handsets

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

PalmPixiPlusIt seems that Palm is finally getting back on its feet. After a massive scare several weeks back about the company being bought out, Hewlett Packard has finally stepped in and has decided to purchase Palm. At this point, only Palm’s original CEO remains, the rest of the administrative level personnel have quit the company as the news of losses begun to spread.

Certainly, we can expect to see some impressive new products from the HP and Palm team up, particularly with the impressive patent library owned by Palm (as well as the WebOS user interface). Rumors are already stating that the cancelled HP tablet might see a new form as a Palm device. For now, the tie up will be bringing over the Palm Pixi Plus and the Palm Pre Plus to the UK.

O2 UK has announced that they will be offering the two smart phones to their customers.

The Palm Pixi Plus looks a lot like the original Pixi, but with the WiFi support. This is actually one of the major drawbacks of the original handset. The device still sports the small touch screen display, a portrait oriented QWERTY keyboard and of course, the WebOS mobile platform.

The Palm Pre Plus on the other hand is a touch screen smart phone that also closely resembles the original phone with a few small changes to the look. The keyboard and trackball has been changed slightly as well; the device now uses a trackpad while the keyboard buttons were re-adjusted for a better typing experience. Compared to the Pixi Plus, the Pre Plus has gotten more upgrades. The internal memory and the RAM have been doubled from the original handset (16GB for internal storage and 512MB for RAM).

It has been confirmed that both handsets are available for free depending on the plan selected.

Hewlett-Packard and Palm: The Dream Team

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

PalmThe white knight for Palm has arrived in the form of Hewlett-Packard. The companies’ respective board of directors have given the thumbs up and their stockholders and regulators are sure to follow suit shortly.

The business phone pioneer will not only survive, they are almost sure to thrive with HPs hold in the market. The purchase valued at around £786 million and is sure to bring a worthy contender for Apple and Google in the smart phone market with HP’s marketing prowess and Palm’s most obvious asset, the webOS, along with their vast patent portfolio.

This would definitely broaden Palm’s global reach. The Palm CEO and chairman, Jon Rubinstein, will of course stay along for the ride. Not a surprising turn of events since he was really rallying at Palm’s front despite how grim things looked for a while. Todd Bradley, the Executive VP of HP’s Personal Systems Group had this to say about the decision (from Hewlett-Packard’s Press Release):

“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. And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smart phone 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.”

Now, HP has an edge against their rival Dell who is also venturing into the mobile phone business and Palm will have a better marketing direction for their products. Consumers are the real winners though, since the competition is sure to be close. It is safe to say that there will be more smart phone options and better deals since all prominent players will constantly be on their toes.

Palm Purchased by HP for 1.2 Billion

Friday, April 30th, 2010

PalmMoney is back in the coffers of Palm and Hewlett Packard is at the helm of the pioneering mobile phone company. While many of the heads have already left Palm, big boss John Rubinstein is still around to man the captain’s seat of this almost sunken ship. Simply put, palm is back on safe waters, and it is HP that is moving towards the murky depths.

According to recent reports, HP’s shares have dropped after it was announced that they plopped about £783 million (1.2 billion USD) for the acquisition of Palm and more importantly, their very first step into the world of mobile phones.

HP is no stranger to the tech industry. The company has made its name with its array of high end printers, copiers, scanners, desktop and laptop devices. HP is also rumored to be working on its own touch screen tablet device as well. They know the industry and they have been providing the world with plenty of impressive gadgets for over a decade.

Still, chasing after Asus, Acer and Dell in the phone arena is something that will be placing HP at an entirely new field, and even with the large patent library of Palm at its disposal, it will still have to contend with the giants of the industry: Google and Apple.

At the same time, HP could be aiming to simply take hold of the market that the Palm was originally slated to dominate: the business sector. With Microsoft and BlackBerry tearing away at the larger chunks of this market, Palm has been left behind, unable to compete with both enterprise and general use clients.

HP’s influence, and Palm’s technology is a great combination. The only question is if the remaining Palm employees and HP can come up with a viable battle plan.