It's odd to think of Hewlett-Packard as an underdog, but when it comes to media tablets everybody is looking up at runaway market leader Apple. Sounding more like a cheeky upstart than the world's largest technology company, HP over the weekend boasted that its forthcoming TouchPad tabletwould "become better than number one," an obvious reference to Apple's best-selling iPad.
"In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP's products from our competitors, we became number one," said HP senior vice president Eric Cador said at a press conference in Cannes, according to The Telegraph.
"In the tablet world we're going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus."
HP may soon have a chance to put its money where its mouth is. An unconfirmed report last weeksuggested that Wal-Mart will be carrying a 32GB TouchPad and could have product in its retail stores as early as June 1.
The company has not named an official release date beyond saying the TouchPad will be available this summer.
Priced at $599 for what appears to be a Wi-Fi only version of the 9.7-inch tablet, the TouchPad would appear to be fairly competitively priced with Apple's iPad 2.
But simply producing a similar device for a competitive price isn't the only challenge HP faces. The TouchPad is HP's first attempt at using its in-house webOS mobile operating system in a consumer-oriented tablet.
So far, tablets running Google's Android OS like the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Acer Iconia Tab A500 have proven most competitive against the iOS-based iPad — or at least seem to have the most momentum, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb now a factor in new and soon-to-be released tablets.
We love both Android and iOS, but the open nature of Android just means it can do things others just can't. Here are our favorite Android apps and features that you won't find on its Apple-clad brethren.
We didn't hold anything back in this list: rooting, jailbreaking, editing system files are all fair game. If there was some way to do it on the iPhone, we left it out. So, while there are a lot of great things about Android that don't come out of the box on the iPhone—like free turn-by-turn navigation or pull-down notifications—there are still ways to get those features on the iPhone. So here's our list of the ten features you just can't get, no way, no how, on a jailbroken or non-jailbroken device.
Looks like Palm is suffering a bit of post-acquisition talent drain.
Mobile user interface master Matias Duarte has left Palm and evidently hired on at the most obvious of places: Google.
Duarte, who led development of Palm’s webOS UI as the company’s senior director of human interface and user experience, has jumped ship, Palm (PALM) confirms. And while the company refuses to tell me where he’s going, multiple sources say it’s Google (GOOG), where he’ll presumably be working on Android, the company’s open-source platform for mobile devices–noncompete clauses permitting, of course...
Palm, the company that invented the PDA but has struggled to stay relevant in recent years, will be acquired by computing giant Hewlett-Packard.
The companies announced Wednesday, after Wall Street trading ended, that HP will buy Palm for $1.2 billion. The $5.70 per share offer amounts to 23 percent above Palm's closing price. The deal has already been approved by both companies' boards of directors and is expected to close by the end of July.