Palm Now Officially a Part of HP
Today Palm officially became owned by Hewlett-Packard. HP purchased Palm for $1.2 billion after lackluster sales of its webOS devices at Sprint, Verizon and AT&T put the company in a weak financial position. HP and Palm believe that the combined organizations will be able to get new products to consumers soon. The company said in a blog entry, "The combination of Palm's trailblazing webOS and HP's strength as the leading provider of everything from PCs, laptops, and printers to home electronics and enterprise systems promises an amazing roadmap of new tools for your mobile and web-connected future. We've got a few ideas about what that future will look like, and we'll share details as soon as we can." In the 18 months since webOS made its debut, Palm has fielded the Pre, Pre Plus and Pixi and Pixi Plus. Palm's Linux-based webOS has received several minor updates, but has not received a significant overhaul.
Hands On with HP's Elite x3
HP is jumping back into phones at a completely unexpected time. HP made quite a few iPAQ Windows smartphones back in the day (2004-2009, to be precise.) Then they bought Palm and infamously drove that into the ground.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
Alcatel Teases Revamped Pixi Line Ahead of CES
Alcatel OneTouch offered a sneak peak at what it plans to announce during the CES trade show later this week. The company has fully revised its Pixi 4 series of devices, which comprises three phones with 3.5-, 4-, and 6-inch screens, as well as a tablet with a 7-inch screen.
LG Releases Open Source Version of WebOS to Spur Invention
LG today made an open version of the webOS platform available to developers and the public. Anyone can download webOS Open Source Edition from LG's web site and use the the code for whatever they wish.
Web OS, not bad at all.
Still a problem....