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HP TouchPad™ tablet unveiled

2011 can definitely be termed the year of the tablets. A tablet is a portable device which can be used to perform basic computing tasks. Tablets come with touch screens and also have multi-touch features. HP has been known over time as an innovator and a technological giant in the field of instrumentation, IT and applied IT enabled services like cloud computing.

Microsoft made a mark for itself with the Windows platform, Apple with the the iOS platform, and HP looks like will be setting a new trend with its WebOS platform. After their Mac series, Apple has been in the limelight the last four years with their smartphone technology and the iOS. Apple innovatively brought the smartphone with a sleek design and structured functionality with more than 4 lakh apps.

After the takeover of Palm last year, HP has combined the strength of Palm and the technology of HP, to deliver the next generation tablet, which could probably compete with the likes of Apple iPad and Android based smartphone manufacturers.

The HP TouchPad has an extremely user friendly WebOS interface. The new generation TouchTone technology, the 9.7 inch capacitive, multi-touch screen, Wi-Fi and 3G versions, large storage options, video conferencing cameras, Bluetooth, and wireless charging, are features par excellence. The sleek 13.7 mm thick TouchPad brings in HP’s own Beats Audio engine with the unique tap-to-share feature besides cloud computing options. The 1.2 Giga Hertz, dual core, Snapdragon CPU with a range of sensors inbuilt, including Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Notification light, and full connectivity with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, AGPS and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, a powerful battery and stereo speakers as well as microphone, make the tablet unique. The superb user interface of the HP TouchPad is definitely unmatchable, in comparison to Android or iOS. HP Synergy brings in powerful e-mail application and integration as also a wonderful pop-up notification system, VPN support, Google Docs / Quick Office / Drop Box / compatibility.

HP, the leader in printing technology, has also provided the feature in the tablet for wireless printing with compatible printers in the network. The activity card feature, for visualizing and organizing multiple panels of work, games, e-mails and even grouping of related cards in stacks or automatic stacking is a feature unique to the HP tablet. Making video calls and seeing your photos from Facebook, Snapfish and Photo-Bucket as also collaborating with other users using Google Docs or are interesting. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and really high speed browsing of the web is what one looks forward to.

HP plans to launch PCs that can run WebOS

In this competitive world each and every company is developing new techniques to maintain a remarkable position. WebOS is an operating system used in mobile phones. This is a futuristic plan which HP would be implementing in the next year. This would definitely create a new segment in the market and would attract customers. WebOS was first introduced by Palm in the year 2009. This operating system is the successor of Palm OS. The formation of WebOS was by collecting similar things and then combining them so that they work together to sort out many functions. It works on the Linux kernel. This operating system uses the Web 2.0 technology. HP acquired Palm in the year 2010 for the WebOS operating system. The best part of WebOS is the Synergy feature. Through the accounts in Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook, a user can collect information from many resources. Even for messaging, Synergy integrates all the conversations of each contact and makes it a single chat style window. The WebOS utilizes the Webkit layout engine.

The company has decided to use the mobile operating system, that is, WebOS in the desktops. HP has announced that the personal computers that will be shipped in 2012 will be having the ability to run WebOS. The intention behind the introduction of WebOS is to attract the software developers to create applications for the WebOS ecosystem. HP has also prepared the first tablet with WebOS. Since the company is presenting the WebOS along with the other features like tablets, smart phones and third party developers, there would be a bigger audience for vending this application. The basic idea behind including WebOS in the personal computer is to enlarge the developer ecosystem. WebOS has almost 7000 applications inbuilt in it. This particular feature helps HP to be the leading one in the market. Data security is also an important point that HP is paying emphasis on. HP has chosen to increase the device security. This would increase the amount of data that can be secured by the customers.

Either the WebOS will be working as the main operating system or it will be integrated in the Windows. HP is actually trying to bring this technology to the masses and take over the market.

HP Aims to Ship Nearly 50 Million Notebooks in 2011

Hewlett–Packard, which is usually referred to as HP, is one of the biggest computer manufacturers in the world.  HP undoubtedly has real big plans for 2011.  HP plans to sell nearly 50 million notebooks in 2011.  According to the latest data, HP has the biggest share of the worldwide PC market. The original equipment manufacturer, or OEM as it is said, is all set to maintain that No. 1 spot by concentrating on notebook shipments.

Referring to Taiwan-based OEMs and component makers, according to DigiTimes, HP is confident to ship around 45 million to 48 million notebooks in the year 2011. The notebooks will also consist of WebOS tablet PCs. The site Engadget reported that HP will announce their tablets with WebOS. There will be two models, Topaz and Opal. It is speculated that the Topaz features a 9-inch screen while the Opal has a 7-inch screen. Both will run on a 1.2 GHz processor and will not have buttons. The tablets will have a front camera, a microUSB port and three speakers to reproduce stereo sound.

According to reports, the total notebook shipments of HP were 39 million in 2010. That way, HP is looking to ship about 9 million more notebooks in 2011 than it did in 2010. HP will also ship a Windows 7-based tablet (Slate 500); the source also indicated that WebOS models will be the mainstream of HP tablets, with the acquisition of Palm. WebOS tablet PC’s development was accomplished by the year 2010. The shipments will hopefully begin in March 2011. Now, one has to see whether HP will accomplish its goal or not; it will be known only at the end of the year. It might be possible that the WebOS tablets will assist them attain their goal.

HP WebOS Tablet

The latest news about HP is regarding its tablet PC based on WebOS. The WebOS is an operating system for mobile devices, which was initially developed by Palm and then subsequently by HP. HP made alterations in WebOS released by Palm and gave it a new identity as HP WebOS. It is an embedded operating system, which was initially developed for smartphones. Now, HP is going to release WebOS for its new tablet PC. The WebOS operating system runs comparatively faster than other mobile operating systems as it consumes minimal system resources.

HP is going to introduce its new tablet PC based on HP WebOS. Further a training video will be released by HP for retail partners. This video released by HP comprises of the strategy termed as “The Big Idea”. The WebOS by HP is going to unite several platforms including netbook, smartphone devices and tablet PCs. The WebOS supports a variety of platforms. If the same OS is used by a phone, a slate or a netbook, information on these platforms can be shared. This time HP is going to take the lead in the market of tablet PCs. The reason behind the successive steps of HP lies in its WebOS developed for its own machine. Apple has already been successful in developing an OS for its own devices.

Hurricane tablet from HP and other WebOS devices

The launch and popularity of iPad has given a clear indication of the direction where the market will be heading in future. Many leading computer manufacturers such as Dell, ASUS, Motorola and Lenovo have come up with their own version of tablet PCs to prevent the iPad from getting dominance.  It comes as a no surprise as one of the leading computer manufacturers HP joins the bandwagon. With announcement of WebOS devices and Hurricane tablet, HP has given an indication that it will play an active part in countering the threat presented by iPad.

HP had earlier dropped its plan of introducing a Windows-powered Slate in early 2010. The reason known for the company’s change of plans was its acquisition of Palm which is considered to be a smartphone specialist. After the acquisition of Palm, HP had access to the widely acclaimed WebOS which would provide an ideal platform for tablet PCs and similar devices. This year, HP did not showcase any new products in the most popular consumer electronics category of tablet PCs. The announcement from HP came quickly after the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) when some of the leading manufacturers presented their tablet devices such as XOOM, Eee Slate and LePad.

HP in its press release clearly mentioned that the company is focused on the development of tablet PCs which will be based on the WebOS. The company has plans to reveal the details of WebOS (v2.0) and the range of devices that will be based on it. HP is confident about the WebOS and touts it as the first web-based operating in true sense. HP says the WebOS is a multi-tasking operating system which is one of its kinds in the market. Users can run twenty applications simultaneously on the WebOS.

Many industry analysts believe HP has missed the golden opportunity by not introducing or announcing tablets PCs and WebOS devices at the CES. HP has already made a foray into tablet market by making an announcement and it has aptly named the development project as “Hurricane”. HP has not however released any specification of the tablet PCs that it will be introducing.

Apple Tops Developer’s List in Android Platform

It does not bring a sparkle to the eye when there is news about iPhone and Android being every developer’s choice for building future applications. A survey commissioned by Appcelerator, provider of cross-platform development solutions proclaims that over 90 percent of the developers are keen on producing applications for iPhone, an enthralling 84 percent for the iPad and almost 81 percent would like to try their hands on Android.

Developers interest in Smartphone platform

The most unexpected result that the study reveals is that only 34 percent of the developers are interested in exploring their abilities for bringing out the best of Smartphone platforms. Developers who come within the category of those interested in creating applications for Smartphones have intense liking for Blackberry applications. other applications that the developers want to penetrate into include Windows phone 7(27 percent), MeeGo (11 percent)  , webOS (13 percent) and Symbian(15 percent).

Although the developers have clearly written off everything, the question that arises is which application is credible enough to outwin the other. As of now, respondents of Appcelerator have turned their fingers to iOS owing to the essential and distinguished attribute of Apple’s devices. The transcendence of the application store as well as the market value of its product and enterprise applications adds to the benefit of the application. This, they said, is the greatest strength of the application as a platform.

Android faces the risk of losing out

Unfortunately, Android faces the risk of losing out because of the fragmentation threat. Adding to the fragmentation risk that Android faces, respondents said that testing as well as developing across various Android devices and OS versions is cost and time consuming as it indulges in eight development lifecycle stages.

With the developers having an optimistic approach about Android receiving the accolades in the end, the respondents believe that Google will manage to solve the fragmentation risk if not sooner, at least later.

While the respondents and the developers immerse themselves in the battlefield between iOS and Android, Apple seems to maintain its position at the focal point; courtesy: its ever-growing popularity among the consumers. Apple propagated last week that iPad sales presently top 3 million while the first-weekend sales on the iPhone touched beyond 1.7 million. A survey done by Piper Jaffray revealed that 77 percent of the buyers had upgraded from an old version of the iPhone model thereby indicating a fierce interest in the products released by Apple. The iPhone 4 greets the buyer with iOS 4 as well as scores of new whistles and bells. As stated by Appcelerator, 73 percent of the developers most eagerly anticipate multitasking as a brand new feature accompanied by firmer processing and the iAD mobile advertising network. This network can possibly turn out to be the biggest advantage for iPhone. The ad is expected to yield developer revenues to almost $825 million this year.

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