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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2011, 08:49:27 AM »
Would be surprised if Google were to consider buying webOS when they already have Android, but now Google is buying Motorola and has the potential to go vertical with smartphones and make Android proprietary, would think some of the other tablet PC companies would be considering their options on webOS - Samsung, HTC, and Acer for starters.

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« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2011, 04:05:39 PM »
>Would be surprised if Google were to consider buying webOS

Except for the patents. Add them to the Motorola/Android armaments and the arsenal begins to look really formidable.  Also, there's been a lot of talk about WebOS really being suited to smart devices like kitchen appliances.  (Great, now Big G will know the milk is out of date.)

And then there's the need to keep someone else from buying them and competing.  We've seen more than a few buyouts just to shut them down in this industry.

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« Reply #32 on: August 23, 2011, 08:42:41 PM »
Good point RC - one way or another a few companies will consider it - whether any action will be interesting.

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« Reply #33 on: August 23, 2011, 10:26:29 PM »
Patents: Palm had some very early big concept patents - important ones because they were a pioneer in the smartphone field. So there is value as innoculation against MS and Apple.

Rumor is that Samsung is looking at buying thewhole computer division which includes tablets and mobile.

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« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2011, 10:35:04 PM »
>Samsung is looking at buying thewhole computer division which includes tablets and mobile.

Yeah, they've been spotted touring production facilities.

I believe Palm's board of directors valued those patents at $800M minimum back when HP was buying them. With the G/Motorola deal raising the ante on mobile tech patents recent guesstimates put them in the range of $1.5B ...or close to what HP actually ended up out-of-pocket for Palm.

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« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2011, 01:08:17 AM »
I would very much like to see a webOS slab phone by Samsung. I never had great confidence in the Pre 3 slider as a form factor that I would be be able to live with.  I'd go with a phone made by Samsung.

Same with a tablet, I'd love to see a webOS tablet made by Samsung too. 

I've got a Galaxy Tab now with Android Honeycomb (replacement for the Touchpad) and I have no issues with the hardware. It is light and thin. Android Honeycomb is serviceable even workmanlike but no more than that, and it is just not elegant or neat the way webOS was. It's drilling down through layers and layers of menus for everything which gets annoying. Besides I miss flicking those cards away.  Nor are the Android apps for Honeycomb all that stable, or plentiful either - lots of betas.

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« Reply #36 on: August 24, 2011, 12:45:45 PM »
New Rumor: Touchpad to get document (Office) editing soon via QuickOffice app.  Word and Excel first, Powerpoint to follow.

http://www.webosroundup.com/2011/08/touchpad-to-get-document-editing-this-week/

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« Reply #37 on: August 24, 2011, 01:41:39 PM »
Also RC: be sure to download the Box.net app for each Touchpad. Last I heard, Box was still honoring their Free 50GB cloud storage offer for Touchpad buyers.  Free forever, or until Box goes under.  They normally charge $20 a mo. for that I think.

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« Reply #38 on: August 26, 2011, 09:47:27 PM »
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Android Honeycomb is serviceable even workmanlike but no more than that, and it is just not elegant or neat the way webOS was. It's drilling down through layers and layers of menus for everything which gets annoying.

Brad, if you haven't already done so, check out ADW Desktop - faster than the standard desktop, allows you to drop apps into 'folders' that 'pop-up' the contents. Alternatively, look at 'circle menu' - a neat widget that does a similar kind of thing. With these options you could run all your apps from one desktop screen, and still have all your apps at your finger tips.

Its what I like about android - I can set my desktop to be pretty much exactly how I want it.

'Elegance and neat' is there if you want it, but so is ugly and functional - just depends on what you want.

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« Reply #39 on: August 27, 2011, 11:26:56 AM »
Thanks for the tips 4Eyes, I will certainly check those out!

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« Reply #40 on: August 27, 2011, 12:00:15 PM »
Just found out that ADW has a neat 'dockbar' launcher that you can drop apps on - liking it :)

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« Reply #41 on: August 28, 2011, 11:05:08 AM »
The Touchpad may have been heavy and thick, but those little speakers had great sound.

I signed up to be notified if HP gets more in stock. I'm not holding my breath that I'll get one but I like RC's idea of setting it up as a tablet for guests and will put it in the living room.

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« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2011, 03:24:46 PM »
You can now edit office documents and spread sheets on the Touchpad. Just go to the software manager app and update Quickoffice.

http://www.precentral.net/quickoffice-hd-document-editing-now-your-hp-touchpad-1

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« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2011, 03:43:57 PM »
Precentral and other tech sites have picked up the story that Samsung has recruited Raymond Wah, former vice president of HP's Personal Systems Group.  WebOS possibly has a pulse.

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« Reply #44 on: August 31, 2011, 09:11:44 PM »
There's an android boot

http://rootzwiki.com/content.php?234-EXCLUSIVE-CyanogenMod-7-On-the-HP-TouchPad

Frankly, WebOS covers all the bases so well that I doubt I'd change to android.  


Meanwhile, HP says they're going to manufacture 'one last batch' of Touchpads.


And they've announced a WebOS update is coming.  This is getting to be a bizarre exit strategy.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20099049-64/hp-update-to-boost-touchpad-functionality/