La storia del flop di Webos

webosIl NYT racconta la storia del flop di HP nel mercato dei tablet e del suo Webos

The TouchPad tablet from Hewlett-Packard was one of the most closely watched new gadgets of 2011 — and quickly turned out to be the year’s biggest flop. The TouchPad, which was supposed to be a rival to Apple’s iPad, lasted just seven weeks on the market before H.P. killed it, citing weak sales.

Analysts point to a long list of factors behind the tablet’s quick demise. But some of the people involved in creating the tablet’s core software now say the product barely had a fighting chance.

That software is called WebOS, an operating system built on the same technology used by many Web browsers. It promised to be more flexible and open than Apple’s tightly controlled iOS software, and more beautiful than Google’s sometimes wonky Android system. H.P. acquired Palm, the maker of WebOS, for $1.2 billion in 2010 so it could use the software in products like the TouchPad.

WebOS turned out to be something of a toxic asset. Several former Palm and H.P. employees involved in WebOS say that there was little hope for the software from the beginning, because the way it was built was so deeply flawed.

“Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using Web technology, and we just weren’t able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design,” said Paul Mercer, former senior director of software at Palm, who oversaw the interface design of WebOS and recruited crucial members of the team. “Perhaps it never could have been executed because the technology wasn’t there yet.”

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La prevalenza del software sull’hardware

HP dismette tablet e telefoni, è incerta sui PC e compra Autonomy (E così il glorioso marchio Palm praticamente va a morire … Addio …) Via Bloomberg Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) is planning a sweeping overhaul of its businesses, agreeing to buy Autonomy Corp. for $10.3 billion and weighing a breakup that would unravel the much-debated … Leggi tutto

HP ha presentato Touchpad il tablet con WebOs

Via CrunchGear

It’s official. Palm’s new WebOS device is called the Touchpad. It has a 9.7-inch screen, front 1.3-megapixel camera, and comes in 16 or 32GB models. It runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor processor and the screen resolution is 1024×768.

Designed by the “hundreds of talented programmers” on the WebOS team, the TouchPad is HP’s second slate of the new decade, the first being the HP Slate 500.

The Product Page for the TouchPad is now live.

Lo spot del TouchPad

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Il team Hp + Palm + Webos contro Ipad

Mentre oggi si aprono i preordini di Ipad in Italia ecco i primi segnali di un suo possibile competitor importante Via Itouchology Finalmente segnali del tablet Palm. Ho deciso di aspettare a prenotare. Ma davvero! Se avete avuto voglia di leggere quell’articolo su iPad e Cloud in inglese, beh webOS è il sistema migliore per … Leggi tutto

Il giorno della strage dei tablet

Via Punto Informatico

C’è chi ha addirittura parlato di una giornata di sangue, che avrebbe gettato più di un’ombra sulla futura concorrenza nel mercato dei tablet. Cadaveri eccellenti, vittime di precise strategie aziendali nell’ancora fredda corsa alla tavoletta. Due dispositivi mobile praticamente decapitati e la guerra ad iPad sembra ormai rimandata.

La prima vittima, quel Courier svelato per la prima volta online alla fine dello scorso settembre. Un diario digitale di bordo, in sviluppo da parte di Microsoft per rispondere al tablet made in Cupertino. Courier sarebbe stato più piccolo di iPad, ma con un processore più potente. Alla fine dello scorso marzo la sua esistenza era stata confermata non ufficialmente.

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HP ha comprato Palm per 1.2 miliardi di dollari

Via HP HP and Palm, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. … Leggi tutto

Ritornano i rumors sul tablet di MS e HP

Via NJT Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, will unveil a novel take on a slate-type computer during his evening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to people familiar with Microsoft’s plans. The slate will be made by Hewlett-Packard and possibly available by mid-year, these people said. This product better be good … Leggi tutto

HP si compra 3Com

Tempi di nuove acquisizioni nella fase di crisi ? HP and 3Com Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com, a leading provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions, at a price of $7.90 per share in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $2.7 … Leggi tutto