TouchPad

Chris Nuttall

HP has sold its webOS operating system, developed by its Palm acquisition for smartphones and tablets, to LG Electronics, which plans to adapt it for consumer electronics devices such as smart TVs.

The move comes as little surprise – HP had abandoned development of webOS-based products and announced an Android-based tablet at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the weekend. Read more

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China has overtaken the US as the world’s biggest smartphone market by volume in the third quarter, Reuters reports. According to research company Strategy Analytics, smartphone shipments grew 58% to reach 23.9m units in China during the quarter, while US shipments fell 7% from the second quarter to reach 23.3m devices. Read more

Joseph Menn

Adding insult to an injurious two weeks at Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest computer maker has discovered that the discontinued TouchPad is a hit, at least at going-out-of-business-sale prices, and has pledged to manufacture some moreRead more

Tech news from around the web:

Cut-price TouchPads – which were scrapped by Hewlett Packard last week as part of its decision to axe its webOS devices – are top of  Amazon’s electronics sales list, according to Engadget. The 16GB and 32GB models have taken the two spots, beating the Kindle and the iPod touch. There are also reports that UK customers will soon be able to get the TouchPad at knockdown prices – with rumours that the tablet will available for £89  and £115 for the 16GB and 32GB versions. Read more

Chris Nuttall

HP’s new TouchPad tablet, which goes on sale today, stands out as a product that has been well thought out and only brought to market on reaching a degree of maturity. Sure, it suffers from the same lack-of-apps Achilles heel as Apple’s other rivals but it sits alongside the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the most serious, direct contender to the iPad 2’s throne. Read more

When the media were first shown the HP TouchPad in February, we were not allowed to touch it, ironically.

Well, from hands off to hands on. The long awaited tablet goes on sale on Friday in the US, France and Germany and I have been trying it out for the past week. Some video first impressions after the jump, ahead of a review in this Friday’s Personal Technology column.  Read more

Chris Nuttall

When the media were first shown the HP TouchPad in February, we were not allowed to touch it, ironically.

Well, from hands off to hands on, the long awaited tablet goes on sale on Friday in the US, France and Germany and I have been trying it out for the past week. Some video first impressions after the jump, ahead of a review in this Friday’s Personal Technology column. Read more

Chris Nuttall

While the media were not allowed to reach out and actually touch HP’s TouchPad at its launch in San Francisco on Wednesday, there was an opportunity to see some close-up demos after the unveiling and to handle the new Veer and Pre3 smartphones. My impressions were that this was a strong competitor in the power of its interface and hardware to the iPad, but its summer launch and comparative lack of apps may not put it in touching distance of the iPad or Android devices appearing months earlier. Read more