One of the most anticipated and talked about aspects about HP acquiring Palm back in April was the prospect of HP branded webOS powered phones.
After all, despite not being the iPhone killer that it was talked up as, the Palm Pre enjoyed some relative success, with much of the praise heaped on the revolutionary OS.
But, 6 months down the line and….nada. Not a HP webOS phone in sight.
But, all that could be set to change with a HP head-honcho stating that phones are definitely on the agenda for next year.
“You will see us coming early next year with new phones”, said HP senior vice president Eric Cador.
And whilst it’s not the most expressive statement we’ve ever heard, it does strongly suggest that the company has something special lined up.
And, it backs up what HP executive vice president Todd Bradley said back in July in an interview with CNBC, when he stated HP would opt for webOS rather than Windows Phone 7 or Android in the future.
HP has already confirmed that a webOS-based tablet was on its way for 2011, so could 2011 see webOS rivalling iOS and Android as a serious contender again?
Android: If you’re tired of typing SMS messages on your tiny Android keyboard while sitting right at your computer, free app TalkMyPhone will forward those messages to your IM client, so you can reply without even picking up your phone.
While you can always forward SMS notifications to your PC, TalkMyPhone allows you to take action on those messages as well. TalkMyPhone sends you notifications of incoming SMS messages, phone calls, and battery states via Jabber, meaning you get the notification right from Pidgin, Adium or whatever other IM client you use. You can then reply to SMS messages by simply responding to the IM, putting
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Today, T-Mobile have officially announced the LG Optimus T, which looks like it’s an Optimus One made especially for T-Mobile.
The Optimus T will be aimed at first-time smartphone buyers. It will come with Android 2.2 and deep integration with Google services including Voice actions (customers can control the phone by speaking commands to call, text, email, find directions and so on).
The LG Optimus T will have a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with video capture, a microSD card slot and a 2GB card in the sales package.
If the other specs are indeed identical to the Optimus One, expect this handset to also have a 3.2-inch 320×480 capacitive touchscreen, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The battery should be 1500 mAh in case it’s the same as that in the Optimus One.
Obviously the star of the show at the Logitech Google TV event in New York was the Revue set top box that will transform your HDTV into an all singing, all dancing internet-powered media station, but there were a few other little launches that are definitely worth a mention.
First up is the Logitech Mini Controller which is a compact companion for your Google TV set top box, quite literally handy if you don’t fancy using the supplied, and rather large, keyboard. Read more
HTC’s new online interface for their Android smartphones, HTCSense.com, has gone live this morning. The site – which will allow HTC uses to remotely track and wipe their handsets, browse messaging content, wirelessly send content and links to the device and more – is free to register for.
However, while sign-ups are currently being accepted, the list of completely supported phones for HTC Sense online is limited to just the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z, announced alongside the new site and neither of which is commercially available at present.
It’s been a long road to the T-Mobile G2 (and this review). Just two years ago, Android made its entrance into the smartphone market with the G1, a partnership with the fourth-place carrier, and a lot of promises about keeping things open. Since then we’ve seen the likes of the Droid family, Google’s Nexus One, and the powerhouses that are the Samsung Galaxy S line — to name a few. Yes, the Android landscape has become more than just a little crowded. But of those many, there are few who leap beyond what we’ve come to expect from the Google-backed enterprise into the realm of the top tier. For all the Android devices you can purchase, only a few rise above the noise. At a glance, the G2 looks like one of those handsets — designed and manufactured by HTC (and known as the Desire Z in Europe), outfitted with a (nearly) stock build of Android 2.2, and equipped with T-Mobile’s new HSPA+, which the carrier claims can offer network speeds nearly equivalent to 4G. So is the G2 the sum of its parts — the pure Android experience you’ve been waiting for — or does it fall short of the hype? Find out below in the full Engadget review! Read more
Many of our readers out there are pretty excited about the Sony Google TV. We’ve written about it nearly a dozen times and it’s basically a television with an Intel processor and the ability to fully surf the web (including flash sites). There is other compelling features in the service, including access and search video services and direct integration with select service providers. Some of you may secretly cross off days on the calendar till its debut on October 12th. However, your bank account also wonders what the hit will be when you fold on the impulsive desire to get that Internet TV in your bedroom or your den.
Did you notice our title said Sony Google TV family? Yes, that’s because there will be a few models initally available to choose from. It looks like Sony will be offering 4 different Internet TV’s – 24′, 32′, 40′, and 46′ models: Read more
It’s no secret that Microsoft has a slight tablet, err Slate PC problem on its hands: Windows 7 certainly works on a “pad,” but the user interface isn’t meant for strictly finger input. The makeshift solution has been, of course, for its partners to create software skins of their own — see HP TouchSmart UI, the ExoPC “Connect Four” skin, etc. — but according to Microsoft know-it-all Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, the guys in Redmond may just be working on a layer of their own. Now, Foley says these are just recurring rumors at this point, but they happen to line up with similar whispers we’ve heard that Microsoft might develop its own optional “shell.” Foley actually believes that it could be based on Windows Media Center, and points to an article by UK blogger Mark Wilson in which Ballmer is quoted saying, “what you’ll see over the course of the next year is us doing more and more work with our hardware partners creating hardware-software optimisations with Windows 7 and with Windows 7 Media Center. We don’t need to tell you, Mr. Ballmer, that we think that sounds like a glorious idea, and it’ll certainly buy you time until Windows 8 is ready in 2012. Read more