Talkin' Palm - Edition 50 | webOS Nation

Talkin' Palm - Edition 50

by Annie Latham Fri, 23 Jul 2010 8:04 am EDT

You may notice that this edition has a slight tweak to the logo. Because so much of the news that rolled in this week had a strong HP slant, it was clear that the time had come to evolve the logo. So let's talk HP+Palm!

First off, on Thursday, HP's Jon Rubinstein and Todd Bradley are scheduled to talk at Fortune Brainstorm Tech.  Per the write-up by Robert, "the topic will undoubtedly be Palm and webOS." He also noted that HP has invited folks to join in on the web feed for free by using coupon code BTVTWT at the event's website.

Closing the book on the HP's purchasing of Palm, Busines Insider, Dan Frommer wrote a story that talked about the other suitors (Apple was mentioned).

Speaking of closing, in an internal memo, HP announced it is shutting down its Cupertino campuses and consolidating in Palo Alto.


Talkin' Tablets...

There was a bit of talk about HP's tablet plans. One story, by Kevin Tofel of GigaOm (Why HP Should Shelve Android Tablet Plans) included this quote from Brian Humphries, senior vice-president for corporate strategy and development at HP:

"Ultimately, the Palm webOS and Apple are the two that can scale best over multiple devices, and we are going to compete with Apple … in the broader mobile category."

HP Hints at webOS's Next Incarnation: 'PalmPad' was one story that appeared.  Another, at CrunchGear, talked about the PalmPad being put head-to-head with a Windows 7 Slate.

There’s no reason to expect anything different from HP’s tablet offering and the Palmpad trademark — if it’s ever used — clearly indicates that. Perhaps the plan all along was to keep the Palm name intact (as with Compaq) and produce webOS devices under that brand. This would allow HP to test the water in the Windows 7’s pool with an HP-branded model instead of relying solely on a Palm-branded tablet.


You may have seen this video on the PalmPad

Can webOS Rise in the Enterprise? Galen Gruman wrote a story pondering a possibility for webOS:

The attraction for HP in pushing webOS into the corporate space is clear: First, there's much less competition right now, as the only legitimate options are the BlackBerry and the iPhone (Windows Mobile is essentially dead, and Windows Phone 7 can't possibly succeed given how outdated the new OS is proving to be). Second, HP's relationship with businesses gives it a leg up on consumer-oriented rivals such as HTC and Apple when approaching corporate buyers. Unless Research in Motion's forthcoming BlackBerry 6 OS finally pulls the BlackBerry into the present, there'll be a big hole to fill in the corporate smartphone market.

But HP has a lot of work to do with the WebOS and the Palm Pre device before it can try to fill that gap. 

Palm and HP at OSCON2010: 'Open source is inevitable'

"…We’re here at OSCON2010 where HP’s Phil Robb and Palm’s Josh Marinacci just gave a talk on HP’s commitment to open source and how they play a major part in that space. Phil Robb discussed at length how they contribute by citing numbers: 90% of HP’s Printers, 50% of enterprise hardware and some 20% of personal systems employ open source technology."

App News


Update: Palm Summer Tour


What's Tweetin'


  • Why does VZW insist on advertising the Palm Pre Plus as "for mom?"--mcflynnthm
  • @jaimebc We are working on a mobile app (iPhone, Droid, Palm Pre). Hope to have it out by late summer.-- PeapodDelivers
  • Just got a Palm Pre Plus. I like webOS a whole lot better than iOS.--paulEastwood
  • @TrishMcFarlane I'll be very interested in what you learn about the Palm Pre Plus. I've used Palm and then Treo for years, now need new one.-- InFullBloomUS
  • Getting a @Palm #pre on Monday! My heart explodes with joy! --jackthefur
  • @pyoro1 ...The Pre needs to evolve. New hardware..Webos has out grown the phone. I believe in Palm and the Family that supports it. --Maddcat_Jazzboi
  • RT @CouponsUK: eXpansys UK: £10 #discount code - £10 when you buy Palm Pre handset from eXpansys using #voucher code.… --benidou77
  • @ColbyWG If you'd like stellar battery life for your Palm Pre, I *highly* recommend the Seidio 2600 mAh battery. -- ProfJonathan
  • Warren Togami: Palm Pre: Still a Good Phone: I've had the Sprint Palm Pre for ~13 months now. It had some initia... --planetfedora
  • Introducing the Palm Pre Death grip.

  • @twitscoop I used to own a Palm Pre. But I leave that kind of work to my friend @lkilpatrick. Why? --Scobleizer
  • If A Droid and Palm Pre Had An Affair...This Would Be The Result --TheCellularGuru
  • New: WordPress Ponders Palm Pre App (Plus: Windows Mobile Too?)
  • New post: Change Ringtone Or Notification Sounds On A Palm Pre. ( --junkcomputer
  • I've made up my mind! I'm buying a palm pre!! I can't wait!! --737Best
  • getting my second @palm pre this week to replace mine with the heat-spotted screen... love the webOS, but the phone, itself, isn't as good.--webpoet73
  • I think @Sprint owes some of those Q2 sales to fantastic video by @beemop He's still totin a Palm Pre while his vid is sellin lotsa units ! --iPayStation
  • There are also 7 @Palm #Pre and 3 #Pixi devices over on a table - looks like 10 people are going to be made very happy today. -- anotherguy
  • I love taking pics of my twin baby boys with my @palm pre! I take so many pix w/ it. Can't wait 4 new hardware. --silversuperman
  • Love the new update for my palm pre app! RT @foursquare: yo! if you haven't already, get the palm webos update: new nav menu, live search --TattooedMommy79
  • Just found an awesome app on my @palm pre for the london evening standard! Perfect for the tube as it downloads the articles :) --LondonTom
  • Thinking about ditching iPhone 3G and getting Palm Pixi or Pre. Any cons other than no iTunes? #palm #help --sito_
  • Palm Pre: The Missing Manual ISBN13: 9780596803704Conditi... --Boomer442
  • @joybenedict tweed is a good app for palm pre you can go to and type in tweed for palm pre and it will set you up -- dbcavs06
  • Odd evening light while walking tonight. Wish my Palm Pre had a telephoto feature. -- RichC
  • Palm and HP at OSCON2010: 'Open source is inevitable' #palm #pre #mobile #tech #mobile #fb -- htcdev
  • #Palm Pre Plus makes CNet's list of Best 5 Verizon Phones. [CNet_TV] #webOS #Technology -- PreNotes
  • Sorry for stating the obvious.. But this @palm pre is really a solid business phone. --HenryLevak

Closing Thoughts:

Mark Antony: I'm glad you're so confident ... some would call it hubris.

Caesar: It's only hubris if I fail. **

As this edition wraps, thoughts go to Antenna-gate-- the story that just won't die.  ComputerWorld's Mitch Wagner wrote in "What Steve Jobs should have said about the iPhone 4 antenna:

The iPhone's antenna design was a trade-off: You get better reception under most conditions, and a smaller phone with better battery life. Unfortunately, under some conditions, you'll get worse reception.

He points to the write-up by Daring Fireball's John Gruber.

Another interesting piece came from Jeff Orr of ABI Research who drew the analogy between Apple’s dilemma and the problems faced by Tiger Woods and Lindsay Lohan.

"The image that each (Tiger Woods, Lindsay Lohan, and Apple, for example) has built requires superhuman performance. Any slip-ups (whether real or perceived) throw their heroics into question. Should the media and consumers be held responsible for these false expectations of Apple? No, the company’s excellent marketing and branding campaigns have created it."

That's a wrap!


**Note: Quote taken from HBO's Rome series.