Webos Archive

  • Flash 10.1 now available for mobile partners (read: not you… yet)

    Flash 10.1 now available for mobile partners (read: not you… yet)

    Hot off the press release... press... comes news that Adobe have now released the next iteration of the (near) ubiquitous web plugin out to their mobile partners.

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  • Nearly every app in Palm’s webOS catalog is 50 percent off

    Nearly every app in Palm’s webOS catalog is 50 percent off

    That's right, deal seekers and Palm fanatics: you can now get (almost) every single app in the webOS catalog for half off until July 9th. There are a few listed exceptions, but hit up the catalog and get downloading.

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

    Nearly every app in Palm's webOS catalog is 50 percent off originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Jun 2010 22:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • HP’s CTO makes more noises about Slate not running Windows

    HP’s CTO makes more noises about Slate not running Windows

    At a recent conference about tablets and the future of publishing, there was a Q&A with the CTO of HP's person systems group. While he used typical CTO doubletalk, there was a few nuggets of information to be gleaned from his rather cryptic words on the future of products like HP's Slate PC.

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  • webOS 1.4.5 reportedly coming any day now… except for AT&T users

    webOS 1.4.5 reportedly coming any day now… except for AT&T users

    As friends very near and dear to us have confessed, "soon" is a relative term. If you'll recall, we heard from Palm (in)directly that the next webOS update was "coming soon" back in the early days of May, and here we are a fortnight from July without so much as an update regarding the update. Well, without an official update. A source over at Pre|Central has confirmed that a release of webOS 1.4.5 is "imminent," and while the primary purpose will be to get a better handle on PDK apps, it's also expected to finally bring 3D gaming to the oft-forgotten Pixi. Purportedly, carrier testing on the new OS is just about wrapped, with one unnamed operator waiting for a small bug to be squashed and AT&T simply waiting for waiting's sake. At any rate, we're still left twiddling our thumbs and hoping for the best, but at least we've a sliver of hope that our patience is about to pay off.

    webOS 1.4.5 reportedly coming any day now... except for AT&T users originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Adobe expects Flash on 250 million smartphones by end of 2012

    Adobe expects Flash on 250 million smartphones by end of 2012

    While in the midst of fixing a unicorn-sized hole in the security of its desktop software, Adobe has been talking about its future in the mobile space. According to its rose-tinted forecasts, Flash Player will be featured in a quarter billion handsets by the end of 2012, including 53 percent of all smarphones shipped that year. Those are pretty strident words for a company that has yet to ship Flash Player 10.1 in even one new handset, but we're reminded that Android 2.2's leading position on the issue will be swiftly followed by BlackBerry OS, Symbian, webOS, and Windows Phone 7 supporting the full fat Flash experience. Whether all that momentum will be enough to produce an install base of 250 million, we don't know. What we do know, however, is that people want the blasted thing and Adobe had better start doing a bit more work on its mobile player and a little less talking about it -- that's what we're here for.

    Adobe expects Flash on 250 million smartphones by end of 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • HP to buy HyperSpace and HyperCore assets from Phoenix

    HP to buy HyperSpace and HyperCore assets from Phoenix

    Phoenix technologies, makers of computer BIOS, have a number of other assets that I never knew about: something called HyperSpace, which is a minimalist instant-on Linux OS for notebooks, and something called “HyperCore” – a complimentary hypervisor for HyperSpace that allows it to run some Windows services. Both of those products will now be owned [...]

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  • Skype eager to work with Apple FaceTime, pretty much anyone else

    Skype eager to work with Apple FaceTime, pretty much anyone else

    We're still playing the wait-and-see game when it comes to Skype on webOS and Windows Phone 7, but it looks as if to-be iPhone 4 owners won't have to wait long before Skype-based video chatting becomes a reality... if Skype has its way, that is. According to someone on the inside quoted over at Pocket-Lint, Skype "would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple," specifically in reference to integrating FaceTime capabilities into the firm's own app. The mystery man also affirmed that Skype would "welcome the opportunity to work with Apple to bring mobile video calling not only to our many millions of Skype users on iPhone around the world, but also to the countless more making video calls on desktops, TVs and other connected devices." 'Course, there's no specific time frame given, and only Jobs knows if the two companies have said a word to one another about making this happen. One thing's for sure, though -- enabling FaceTime usage within Skype would suddenly made the iPhone 4's video calling abilities a whole lot more appealing. And by "appealing," we mean "useful."

    Skype eager to work with Apple FaceTime, pretty much anyone else originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 18:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Verizon’s FiOS DVR Manager for webOS is out, getting good reviews

    Verizon’s FiOS DVR Manager for webOS is out, getting good reviews

    You might recall that Verizon recently touted expanded device compatibility for its DVR Manager app, a boon for anyone looking to nab the latest episode of Income Property while hundreds of miles away from the homestead (we know, it happens all the time) -- but what Big Red didn't really highlight in its press release was that webOS was one of the platforms now being supported. As with the app's counterparts on other mobile operating systems, the Palm-flavored build lets customers "set parental controls, set bookmarks, browse and search TV programming, view the DVR status to see how much space is left for recording, browse and search VOD listings, and see their lists of scheduled and recorded programs" -- and so far, it's getting well over four stars on a five-star scale since going live in the App Catalog, a good sign for usability. We don't mean to get too hopelessly optimistic, but heck, who knows -- this might even be a good sign for Verizon's continued interest in Palm's (or make that HP's) platform in the long term.

    Verizon's FiOS DVR Manager for webOS is out, getting good reviews originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 23:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • HP not out of the WebOS smartphone business after all

    HP not out of the WebOS smartphone business after all

    Now doesn’t this make you feel better? Mark Hurd at HP originally said that there would be no more WebOS smartphones… but now there will be! A Christmas miracle! He said: 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 [...]

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  • HP says it’s in the smartphone market, after all

    HP says it’s in the smartphone market, after all

    HP CEO Mark Hurd certainly caused a few sad faces yesterday when he told investors and analysts that HP "didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business," and now the company is trying to walk that back a little -- rest easy, folks, because there are definintely more webOS smartphones on the way. Apparently what Hurd was really trying to say was that HP is excited about using webOS as the foundation for all types of smaller web-connected devices, and smartphones are just a part of that universe -- a part HP intends to pursue. Phew. Now, can we see these new webOS devices, please? Here's the full statement from HP:
    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.

    HP says it's in the smartphone market, after all originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Jun 2010 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • HP CEO: “We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business”

    HP CEO: “We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business”

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/HP_We_didn_t_buy_Palm_to_be_in_the_smartphone_business';You'd think spending a billion dollars on a smartphone company would indicate a desire to, say, make and sell smartphones, but you'd apparently be thinking wrong: HP CEO Mark Hurd just told investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch tech conference that his company "didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business," and that he's not going to "spend billions of dollars trying to go into the smartphone business; that doesn't in any way make any sense." Yes, that sound you're hearing is Jon Rubinstein's heart breaking into a million tiny pieces. According to Hurd, HP was actually more interested in Palm's IP -- specifically webOS, which he wants to put on "tens of millions of HP small form-factor web-connected devices." Sure, that makes sense, and it lines up perfectly with HP's plan to "double down on webOS" and put it on everything from netbooks and slates to printers, but hey, Mark? You should really look into the smartphone business when you get a second, okay? Just trust us on this one.
    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.

    [Thanks, Steve]

    HP CEO: "We didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business" originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Jun 2010 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus now live on O2 UK

    Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus now live on O2 UK

    If you bundle the original Pre in with the Pre Plus -- and you pretty much can, considering how closely related they are -- this is quickly becoming one of the most protracted, phased mobile product launches in memory. Yes, that's right: as promised, O2 UK has now launched both the Pre Plus alongside its scrappier little sibling, the Pixi Plus, and you can get either one for as little as zero quid depending on how you play your cards. The Pixi Plus goes in your pocket for free on any plan, while the Pre Plus stays free as long as you spend at least £40 ($58) a month and scales up to £99 ($143) on the cheaper plans. We've got to believe there's some awesome new (like, legitimately new) hardware in Palm's pipe at this point -- but a free webOS device is always a tough offer to pass up, right?

    Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus now live on O2 UK originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 May 2010 21:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Palm loses their lead webOS designer to the Google Android team, others may follow

    Palm loses their lead webOS designer to the Google Android team, others may follow

    In what may very well be considered the geekiest sort of fandom possible, I consider myself a fan of Matias Duarte. As I’ve written before: “Wherever this guy goes, awesome user interfaces follow.” He and his team at Danger built a tremendously usable interface for the Sidekick, his work at Helio (especially the stuff that [...]

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  • webOS design mastermind Matias Duarte leaves Palm… and could be headed to Google

    webOS design mastermind Matias Duarte leaves Palm… and could be headed to Google

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/tech_news/webOS_design_mastermind_Matias_Duarte_exits_Palm_for_Google'; According to a report filed over at All Things D, Matias Duarte -- the man considered to be the driving force behind the user interface of webOS -- has left Palm, and may very well be headed to Google. Duarte held the title of Senior Director of Human Interface and User Experience, and before working his magic at Palm, was one of the hands that touched the Sidekick and Helio UIs. Although Palm has confirmed his departure from the company, they aren't giving up the goods on where he's headed next, though John Paczkowski over at D says "multiple sources" indicate he's on his way to Google, presumably to work on Android.

    While Matias was unquestionably a prime mover at Palm, we had heard rumblings that his rigid attitude toward design and control-freak nature sometimes caused conflict amongst the team. Of course, you don't crank out something as groundbreaking as webOS without some hard boundaries. The news that he's headed to Google could signal a major shift for Android towards dealing with the myriad UI issues the mobile OS has, particularly a lack of cohesion in the stock builds -- something HTC has gone to great lengths to shore up with Sense.

    Update: And it's confirmed. Matias will be joining Sidekick pal Andy Rubin over at Google as Android's User Experience Director. Watch out HTC... and everyone else for that matter.

    webOS design mastermind Matias Duarte leaves Palm... and could be headed to Google originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 May 2010 09:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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