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The Register breaking news

HP culls nearly half remaining webOS team

Hewlett-Packard continues to dismantle its webOS engineering team by handing nearly half of the remaining 600 techies their pink slips. The cuts began in September when HP's axe fell on 525 webOS employees following the decision to shutter the hardware unit that designed the now defunct TouchPad and Pre3 devices. Another 275 …
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

HP's Whitman suggests Googorola may close Android

HP CEO Meg Whitman foresees a great future for webOS, the mobile operating system that her company acquired in the $1.2bn Palm deal and is now contributing to the open source community – and part of her reasoning is based on her distrust of Google. "I think that Android may end up as a closed system because of [Google's] …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2012
HP TouchPad

HP hands in-house Android code to TouchPad tablet hackers

Top marks to HP for handing over an Android kernel it once coded for its TouchPad tablet to fondleslab hackers. The catch: there's no Wi-Fi support. Still, for the likes of the CyanogenMod team, that shouldn't pose too much of a hindrance. Indeed, early investigation of the wireless code in WebOS and regular Android shows the …
Tony Smith, 9 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

webOS daddy Jon Rubinstein exits HP

Jon Rubinstein, late of NeXT, FirePower, Apple, and Palm, has resigned from his position at HP, where he endured the mismanagement and eventual overboarding of Palm's webOS mobile operating system. "Jon Rubinstein has fulfilled his commitment to HP," an HP spokesperson emailed The Reg. "We wish him well." And that's it. The …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

HP outlines schedule for full WebOS open source release

HP has announced the schedule for the open sourcing of WebOS tools and source code, and said it will be continuing to push development hard to build a truly open platform. “We wanted to do it right, we’re upleveling WebOS to the most current versions,” said Sam Greenblatt, CTO of WebOS, told The Register. “Basically we …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2012
HP Pre 3

HP posts Pre 3 WebOS update

HP has pushed out an WebOS update for its Pre 3 smartphone. The patch, which takes the (now) open source operating system to 2.2.4, is being pushed out to European and US Pre 3s. Pre 2s got the upate last week. HP WebOS 2.2.4 update HP hasn't said much about 2.2.4 on the Pre 3, but the Pre 2 release saw the addition of …
Hard Reg, 21 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Why there's real hope for webOS - if HP is committed

Open...and Shut It's too soon to declare that Hewlett-Packard has "dump[ed] webOS in the open source trash can", as my friend and mobile open source expert Fabrizio Capobianco insists. But it's also way too soon for HP to speculate on its action being any sort of victory, given the immense difficulties inherent in successfully open sourcing …
Matt Asay, 13 Dec 2011
BlackBerry

2011: annus horribilis for Microsoft and RIM

It's hard to know who has had a worse 2011. Microsoft, because during the first ten months of the year, its old OS outsold its new one? Or RIM, because its market share has more than halved during the same period? Both numbers, centred on the US smartphone biz, come from local market watcher NPD. Its figures, for January …
Tony Smith, 13 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

HP throws WebOS to open source community

HP will bite the bullet and dump the WebOS operating system on the open source community. The company made the announcement, as expected, that it would no longer sell the software and instead will transfer the source code, along with the ENYO application framework for WebOS and the remaining components of the user space, to …
Iain Thomson, 9 Dec 2011

HP readies fresh WebOS update

HP CEP Meg Whitman is expected to announce the fate of WebOS next week. If the claimed imminent release of version 3.0.5 of the tablet'n'phone operating system is correct, the omens for the OS may be good. HP released WebOS 3.0.4 in October and its successor's first Release Candidate has just been issued to developers, …
Tony Smith, 7 Dec 2011
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IDC: Google needs DEEP tablet price slash to crack Apple

Google must work closely with the fondleslab makers to slash prices if it is to loosen Apple's strangehold on the market. Or so says research analyst IDC, armed with data showing that the iPad accounted for three-quarters of the 1 million tablet devices shipped into the UK during Q3. "Apple has tight control of the platform …
Paul Kunert, 5 Dec 2011
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HP CEO to reveal fate of WebOS in two weeks

HP is to confirm the fate of its WebOS operation in the next fortnight, CEO Meg Whitman told French daily Le Figaro. The firm has fired 525 staff in the WebOS hardware unit months ago and transferred the platform team to the Office of Strategy and Technology as it came to a decision on the business. Whitman was today reported …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2011
HP Pre 3

HP seeks buyer for WebOS

HP is seeking a buyer for WebOS, the mobile operating system it acquired by buying PDA pioneer Palm last year. So says Reuters, citing a quartet of unnamed sources close to the consultation process by which HP hopes to figure out how to make back some of the $1.2bn is spent on Palm. HP has at least potential buyers lined up: …
Tony Smith, 8 Nov 2011
HP TouchPad

HP offers devs £130 32GB TouchPad tablets

Want a cheap HP TouchPad? The computer giant is offering "for a limited time" the 32GB version of its WebOS-based fondleslab for £130. The catch: you have to be a registered WebOS developer. The offer comes to an end on 18 November. Successful applicants are sent a voucher that entitles them to a TouchPad for £130 - €150 in …
Tony Smith, 7 Nov 2011
iPad 2

Android grabs quarter of tablet market

World tablet sales hot up during Q3, it was revealed today. Shipments almost quadrupled year on year, from 4.4m units in Q3 2010 to 16.7m tablets in Q3 2011. So said market watcher Strategy Analytics, this morning. Neither SA nor anyone else would be surprised that Apple remained top dog, though with a much-reduced share of …
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2011
HP TouchPad

HP pushes out OS update for 'defunct' tablet

HP has pushed out an WebOS update for its TouchPad, a tablet seemingly stuck twixt life and death. According to an HP blogger, the update features "improved performance… better support for the camera [and] improved messaging". HP has "made connectivity with non-HP phones possible", and its WebOS engineers have "touched [up] …
Tony Smith, 18 Oct 2011

HP denies shipping TouchPad tablets with Android

HP is investigating why an unknown number of TouchPad WebOS tablets may have been sold with Android on board. It denies shipping TouchPads with Android installed, even in error. Claims that some TouchPads had gone out with Android loaded in place of HP's WebOS recently did the rounds on the internet. That prompted not …
Tony Smith, 7 Oct 2011
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HP may NOT spin off PC biz

In another world, Mark Hurd is getting out of the shower amid a haze of steam as CEO of HP – the sex pest claims were never made and he is still at the helm of the tech titan. Such is the fanciful turn of events at HP over the last 13-and-a-bit months, starting with a disgraced Hurd being cleared of sexual harassment but …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2011

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