More webOS tablet leaks, upcoming phones “nothing too amazing”

More news coming out today from Engadget regarding HP Palm’s upcoming Topaz and Opal webOS tablets that will be announced on February 9th. The Opal will be 180 x 144 x 13mm (shorter and wider than the Galaxy Tab) and will feature a 1024 x 768 TFT LCD. The larger webOS tablet codenamed Topax will ship three months prior to the Opal. It comes in at 240 x190 x 13mm or essentially the size specs of the iPad.

webOS tablet

The premium audio on the sales sheet will be HP’s Beats audio processing. The tipster also sent details of a survey conducted on behalf of HP Palm. One question asks how interested a respondent would be in a programmable wireless charging dock that transforms a tablet into an alarm clock, digital photo frame and GPS unit. Features found in webOS 2.0’s exhibition. One other notable item is “Tap to share”, allowing individuals to easily share documents, a website or a song between a phone and tablet.

All good news for an impressive showing next month as it relates to the upcoming tablets. Here’s where things go south. The tipster claims to have seen the handsets and says they are “nothing too amazing”.

via Engadget

CES 2011 To Be Quiet for Palm?

Sure, we just wrote about FOX News saying that Palm was prepping a PalmPad tablet that would debut at CES, but how things change in a few hours. That sketch is now being called out as an old HP Slate sketch. For Palm enthusiasts, it’s been a tough year and many had their hopes set for a big event at CES. Two mobile industry stalwarts have thrown a bit of cold water on Palm’s presence at CES in January. Eric Zeman of Phonescooper was advised by Palm PR that this year was going to be quiet for them. Sasha Segan of PCWorld tweeted that “I’m hearing Palm won’t have a big presence at CES, so I can’t see how they’re introducing any “PalmPads” at that show.

In the previous two years, Palm did not have a booth. They did however schedule big events and private rooms accessible by the media. We suspect that they will showcase webOS 2.0 in a private room this year, but it now seems that the big event might have to wait until Mobile World Congress. Could they surprise everyone? Definitely, but we’ll have to wait another 16 days to find out.

We should note that we haven’t heard from Palm regarding CES. If we do, we’ll pass it along.

webOS 2.0 Screenshots on Sprint Palm Pre

Palm has been working on bring all the goodness of webOS 2.0 to all current devices, including the original Sprint Palm Pre. Reports on speed say it’s “not fast enough“, but we’re reminded that it’s still a beta. Engadget provides a gallery of screenshots. We are also seeing the debut of much needed voice calling. No word on when this will release, but we’ll let you know.

webos 2.0 voice dialing

via Engadget

HP Palm To Debut Tablet “PalmPad” At CES

According to report from Clayton Morris at FOX News, HP Palm is prepping a the rumored webOS based tablet for CES. Included in the article were some rudimentary drawings of the device, interestingly enough the device was branded as HP.

PalmPad

Fox News sources say there will be three versions of the PalmPad and they will all run webOS 2.5.1. Yet another version will not be shown at CES, but will be aimed at university students and release in time for the fall semester.

One version will run on Sprint’s 4G network. The PalmPad is rumored to be thinner than the iPad, has a mini-HDMI connector and offer both front/rear facing cameras with LED flashes. The edges are rounded similar to the Amazon Kindle. Outside of the front facing camera and HDMI out, the PalmPad’s specs are similar to the iPad. Morris says the PalmPad (and we’re not sure that’s the name the tablet will ship with) will be available in March of 2011.

Our take: It wouldn’t be surprising to see this device at CES. HP Palm has several challenges they must address if the device is going to be a success.

via Fox News

webOS Tablet is codenamed ‘Topaz’, works with keyboard accessory

It’s not the leaked Mr.Blurrycam® photo of that upcoming webOS smartphone we’ve been waiting for, but it is yet more information on the upcoming webOS tablet. It appears Engadget received a slide detailing a Bluetooth keyboard that will work with the upcoming tablet codenamed ‘Topaz’. The tablet reportedly takes design cues from the keyboard, with no hard buttons on the front.

Palm Topaz accessory

They also received word that a low-end phone aimed at teens codenamed “castle” is on the way to all three major carriers (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T). Perhaps that’s the Palm Pixi 2?

Palm Gyst, Palm Myte, Palm Veer spotted at USPTO

According to PocketNow, Hewlett Packard has filed for trademarks for the Palm Gyst, Palm Myte and Palm Veer. This is the first we’ve heard of these names and they certainly could be upcoming phones slated for 2011. The marks cover:
Palm Gyst, Myte, Veer

“Computers; computer hardware; computer software; computer peripherals; computer and communications networking hardware and software; computer hardware, namely memory cards; computer hardware for telecommunications; computer monitors; computer keyboards; mobile digital electronic devices; mobile computers; handheld computers; portable computers; tablet computers; personal digital assistants; electronic organizers, electronic notepads; computer memories; telephones; mobile telephones; pagers; smartphones, videophones; mobile and handheld communications devices for sending and receiving data, information and other digital content, including audio and video content, namely handheld computers, mobile phones and smartphones; photographic and video cameras; audio players; video players; multimedia players; computer communications software; computer software, namely, prerecorded computer programs for personal information management, database management software, character recognition software, telecommunications software, telephony management software, electronic mail and messaging software, paging software, database synchronization software, computer programs for accessing, browsing and searching online databases; computer game programs; video game software; downloadable computer and video games; downloadable music, audio, video and entertainment related content; computer carrying cases; accessories, parts and cases for all the foregoing sold as a unit; instruction manuals in electronic form supplied with the foregoing sold as a unit; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of data, text, graphics, sound or images; blank magnetic data carriers; prerecorded magnetic data carriers featuring software for use in connection with handheld communications devices, namely, mobile phones and smartphones; calculating machines, data processing equipment.”

We had previously seen mentions of Broadway, Windsor, Mantaray and Stingray, but those were likely code names. Now if Mr.Blurrycam® will just pay a visit to these three, we’ll have a better of idea of what’s coming in 2011 and what we might see announced at CES.

webOS 2.0 Coming in 2011?

Most of us expected that webOS 2.0 would be available by the end of 2010 for current devices. That’s looking more and more unlikely as we hit the mid-point of December. Even if it’s released to carriers, we all know the delays in getting even minor updates out the door. One has to wonder if webOS 2.0 is ready for prime time? Outside of a small group of developers who received a free Pre 2 for attending Palm’s recent developer conference, the only way to secure Palm’s new Pre 2 in the US is to purchase an unlocked model for $450. Maybe troubles with webOS 2.0 are the reason for the delay of the Verizon Palm Pre 2?

PreCentral notes that O2 Germany’s Twitter account indicates that webOS 2.0 won’t hit devices until Q1.

We hoped that Palm’s vague release date of “coming months” was simply a ploy to over deliver. That doesn’t appear to be the case and now we’re left waiting. What’s more, we’ve yet to see webOS 2.0 running on a device other than the Palm Pre 2. webOS 1.4.5 runs slow on an non-patched Palm Pre Plus. Will the new OS resolve the speed issues that plague all of the current generation devices? I guess we’ll find out in Q1.

Palm Sales at Verizon

According to ITG Investment Research analyst Matthew Goodman, Google’s Android phones accounted for a whopping 80 percent of smartphone sales at Verizon Wireless in November. Of those Android sales, 46% were Droids. What’s striking about this chart is the decline of Palm webOS phones in November. This is troubling for a number of reasons. First off, it shows a brutal sales trend downward. Secondly, Palm and Verizon are partly to blame. Back in October, they announced the Palm Pre 2 would be coming, so no one considering a webOS phone is going to invest in a Palm Pre Plus when you know a much better device is right around the corner. That being said, it’s been almost 2 months since the Verizon Palm Pre 2 was announced. Verizon doesn’t have a release date. Couple this with the release of the multiple new Android phones and you have the chart below.

Palm sales at Verizon

If there is any saving grace, Palm is now sharing the boat with RIM who also saw a decline.

via Digital Daily

Palm Pixi 2 Rumored for SRF, HP Palm To Ship Bi-Monthly Smartphones

Rumors today via our friends at PreCentral that Palm will ship a new Palm Pixi 2 to SFR. It appears that France has become the new hotbed for new Palm devices, with SFR being the only current provider offering the Palm Pre 2. Palm had stated that Verizon would carry the Palm Pre 2 in the “coming months“, but the two have missed the critical holiday shopping window. With CES around the corner, sending the Palm Pre 2 to the shelves in January would be the equivalent of taking a knife to a gunfight. The news is not all bleak. The Palm Pre 2 represents an incremental upgrade, a phone that likely wouldn’t have sold in numbers that would affect any real positive change in market share. What’s needed from HP/Palm is one or more killer devices. News today indicates that phones are indeed coming. HP’s Todd Bradley told employees of HP that the company plans to “ship a new smartphone every two months“.

CES is coming. HP/Palm will certainly be there and we’ll be there live blogging the yet-unannounced event. Will Palm bring it?

HP Ordering 6-7 Million webOS Tablets in 2011?

According to an article in DigiTimes, Inventec has landed an order to produce 6-7 million webOS based tablets  in 2011. They also happen to manufacture the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. This rumor comes from “industry sources” and DigiTimes has a less than stellar track record. That in mind, it certainly wouldn’t surprise anyone if HP Palm announced a tablet sometime in early 2011. There is no bigger stage than CES and Palm hasn’t disappointed over the past two years. In fact, one would say they’ve set a high bar based upon their previous announcements. A webOS tablet would certainly live up to the standard.

Those numbers seem a tad bit high, but HP did say they were doubling down on webOS. Building and manufacturing 7 million tablets would certainly reinforce that statement.

DigiTimes via Electronista by way of PreCentral