LuneOS may be the future for webOS as a mobile operating system, but as we wait for it to reach beta status, we can still indulge in some wistful sighs as we wonder, “what might have been..?”
Here’s an old HP promotional video. HP Slate? With webOS?
The HP Slate was first released in 2010. This was actually after the acquisition of Palm that same year, though obviously the Slate had been in development for a while. Originally intended as a consumer device, HP’s first tablet was released to the business market running windows 7. The consumer tablet running webOS would become the TouchPad.
Recognising and adjusting to different Touchstones? That never happened (though it’s a functionality that could be built when your phone can connect to a charger via Bluetooth)! HP still has a tablet range under the label, ‘Slate’, so it’s possible this video was predicting a ‘webOS everywhere’ future. But it’s a safer bet this video dates from the early days of the Palm purchase when decisions about hardware and markets had yet to be finalised.
Enjoy and comment here.
UPDATE: They’re back! That was fast!
If you’ve been incessantly hitting refresh on your web browser trying to get webos-ports.org and/or webos-internals.org to load, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, they may not come back online any time soon.
Continue reading UPDATE: webOS Internals/Ports Sites (were) Offline
Remember the confusion about what Palm was meant to be and do for HP? I know you do. I’ll spare you the recap.
The Verge has the story today on the similarities between HP/Palm and Lenovo/Motorola. Feel free to cringe along with me and read their story.
Summary: Lenovo is repeating HP’s mistake with their ownership of Motorola.
To those Motorola die-hard fans out there, I’m so, so sorry. I feel your pain.
RIP Motorola (soon)
The video below isn’t exactly new. In fact, it appeared in December 2011 on The Verge as part of a story on HP’s proposed rebranding concept. A rebranding concept which only now is starting to see the light of day with HP’s new Envy line of laptops. That’s the new logo above. The Verge has resurfaced the video and tells the tale of HP’s rebranding.
Continue reading Resurfaced HP Video Shows webOS Device Concepts
Spring is here and webOS fans in the Chicago area can once again meetup and chat over pizza. April 17th is a Sunday less than ten days away. 7pm is the time, Moretti’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, Schamburg is the place. Click here for directions.
Continue reading webOS meetup, Chicago, 17th April