HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

Summary: HP killed off development of its Slate tablet recently, supposedly because of the company's unhappiness with how it ran Windows 7. After HP acquired Palm and promised that webOS would boldly go where webOS had not gone before, everybody assumed that HP meant tablets, and now we're hearing the first rumblings of a webOS-powered tablet coming through HP's pipeline.

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HP killed off development of its Slate tablet recently, supposedly because of the company's unhappiness with how it ran Windows 7. After HP acquired Palm and promised that webOS would boldly go where webOS had not gone before, everybody assumed that HP meant tablets, and now we're hearing the first rumblings of a webOS-powered tablet coming through HP's pipeline.

Little concrete is known at this point, but a rumor confirmed by the usual unnamed "insider" is that a tablet code-named Hurricane will be running the OS that has powered the most recent generation of Palm phones (like the Pre and the Pixi), and will be coming as soon as the third quarter of this year.

In its favor over the iPad, a webOS tablet would already have multitasking built in from day one, and having the biggest PC manufacturer in the world behind it could give it a lot more clout when it comes to spurring the development of apps that would be needed to compete against Apple's ecosystem. Still, would it be enough to be viable against tablets running Android, which could be coming from any number of manufacturers and has a sizable and growing app selection already? Even with HP's backing, webOS would be a third option for tablet software, and a third option is usually one too many for most developers. Do you agree, or could the Hurricane compete well against Android-powered tablets and the iPad?

[Via Engadget]

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  • Not because of unhappiness with how it ran windows 7

    It was because of unhappiness with how Windows 7 ran on it.<br><br>The difference in wording may seem slight but it makes a huge difference.
    OS Reload
    • Good point, it is more that Windows 7 is NOT appropriate on a tablet.

      And, you can't use Arm with Windows 7.
      DonnieBoy
      • ARM is hardware... not an OS (nt)

        (NT)
        croberts
      • Yes, and Windows 7 (OS) does NOT run on Arm (Hardware)

        wWindows 7 requires x86, a huge disadvantage. WebOS runs on Arm, thus a huge advantage over Windows 7 for tablets.
        DonnieBoy
      • From sales, it looks like Android is NOT really a competitor to the iPad

        But WebOS and Win Phone 7 look to be a better direction to go to compete against the iPad.
        John Zern
      • Actually, from sales, it looks like people do NOT care about a full Desktop

        OS on tablets. What they want is thin, light, long batter life, optimized for touch.

        That is where Windows 7 fails, as it is NOT optimized for touch, and requires x86, more memory, more processing power, so it will make tablets thicker, heavier, hotter, less battery life.
        DonnieBoy
      • Windows 7 definitely IS appropriate

        @Donnieboy,
        Windows is actually great for tablets. About 2-3 million are sold per year (including the one I have). I agree though, that they're going to have a hard time putting it into a iPad-like 'slate' form factor anytime soon (12-18 months).
        batpox
      • RE: RE: HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

        @DonnieBoy <br><br>"That is where Windows 7 fails, as it is NOT optimized for touch, and requires x86, more memory, more processing power, so it will make tablets thicker, heavier, hotter, less battery life. "<br><br>Donnie, we have been over this. Win7 works well with touch. Please quit spreading FUD. <br><br>I jut bought an ASUS T101MT after growing tired waiting for the Slate. It gets 6.5 hours batt life, and runs Win7 Pro quietly, and efficiently, and no heat. I have also been running it with 1GB of memory, as my other module has yet to arrive. You need to quit commenting on what you do not know.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Windows 7 is NOT appropriate. There have been about zero Windows 7 tablets

        sold, and there is a reason. Sure, there are monster devices that you can not call tablets that run Windows 7. The masses do not want that junk.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

        @DonnieBoy

        Says who? You? Since when do you speak for consumers?

        All I'm trying to say is that Win7 works fine, and isn't a problem like you say it is. Give it a try, by the way you talk you don't know what you are talking about.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Just look at iPad sales. Windows propeller heads don't count. The masses

        have spoken, and they do NOT care about Windows 7 on tablets. Get over it.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: RE: RE: HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

        @DonnieBoy <br><br>Apple has proven that they are able to sell products. It doesn't matter about the hardware or the OS, people will buy Apple. That doesn't mean people won't buy Windows, WebOS, or Android tablets. <br><br>If you think they don't care, then they certainly won't care about Android and WebOS too...

        The problem isn't Windows. Windows runs just fine on these devices and is capable of competing. The problem is Apple, like I said can sell.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Manufacturers have tried Windows based tablets over the years, but, NONE

        have sold in any quantity like the iPad.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

        @DonnieBoy

        Then again, the iPad isn't a new product...
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

    Any product has the potentiality to compete well.
    Apple did the iPhone better than any other smart phone manufacture at the time and made its mark. If WebOS is a significantly better experience it will make its mark on what is not a huge market segment, at least not at the moment.
    kineard
  • WebOS has great potential

    WebOS should deliver a great user experience on tablets (especially the card system to switch between applications).

    The use of HTML5/JavaScript/CSS for "local" WebOS applications also makes it easy for web developers who are using HTML5/JavaScript/CSS for web apps (of which there should be many, as Flash is displaced) to program for the platform.

    I'm an Android fan, but I still see great potential for WebOS.
    linuser
    • Competition is good. So, glad to see WebOS bought by somebody that will

      advance it.
      DonnieBoy
      • Don't count your chickens

        @DonnieBoy HP has a dreadful history when it comes to software and developer communities. It'll be fascinating to see how HP fosters, nurtures and enthuses developers encouraging them to migrate away from iPhone/Android/WinPhone7 and towards their newly acquired platform. I certainly won't be porting any of our stuff until HP shows it really is serious about this and in it for the long-haul.
        de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
  • RE: RE: HP Hurricane tablet running webOS rumored to be coming in Q3 2010

    I love WebOS on my Pre. I think it has terrific potential for a tablet. I just hope HP has the design sense to devise a tablet that doesn't look and feel like their notebook/netbook product line. Understated doesn't seem to be in HP's vocabulary, at least in my opinion.
    nonseq
  • If it is running Arm, like the iPad, it has a chance.

    NT.
    DonnieBoy