Since 2002, Smart Phone Resource has been the company behind so many great forum communities for smartphone owners. Many of you might now us from the early Palm Treo days over at Everything Treo. Since then, we’ve launched a number of mobile focused communities, including the world’s first iPhone forum at everythingiCafe. Our communities are known for being well moderated, easy to use, ad-free and most importantly, filled with friendly, knowledgable people. With HP no longer making webOS devices, that leaves folks switching platforms, leaving for Windows Phone, Android or iOS. For this growing segment of our community, we are incredibly proud to introduce Forum One Pass – the all access forum pass. Using One, you can login to any of our communities using one username and password. So if you were a member of everythingpre, then you can turn on access to any of our communities by using your existing username and password when you first started your account with us. With Forum One Pass, you can easily jump from one forum to another, without the hassle of having to create new accounts.
According to John Paczkowski at Digital Daily, HP has been working on an Android tablet that was originally scheduled for release later this year. No reason was provided as to why it’s being delayed and it wouldn’t come to a surprise to us if it never saw the light of day. Let’s face it, HP is doubling down on webOS. If that’s the case, then it’s full steam ahead on a webOS powered tablet.
With the combined resources working on a webOS tablet, is it reasonable to think we might see such a device this year?
comScore yesterday released their quarterly score (Feb-May 2010) for the US mobile subscriber marketshare, which shows that Palm have lost a small percentage of smartphone subscribers. However, the percentage decrease is nothing to be too alarmed or indeed shocked about; there was a 0.6% decline from February’s figure of 5.4%, to May’s figure of 4.8%.
The report does however state that most smartphone platforms are still continuing to gain subscribers, although just losing market share to Google’s Android platform – which is the only one to have increased market share percentage this quarter. Which, lets be honest, is pretty understandable considering the sheer amount of handsets manufacturers are putting out there for the platform.
Here is the table which shows the results, and a link to comScore’s Press Release
|Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending May 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2010
Total U.S. Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
|Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers|
|Total Smartphone Subscribers||100.0%||100.0%||N/A|
The Treo 650, arguably the most popular Palm device ever, is seeing new life today as some enterprising coder has managed to boot Google’s Android OS on Palm’s Treo 650. No one has a write up on how this accomplished, but you can find discussions of how this can be done.
Still using your Treo? We’d suggest sticking with the tried and true Palm OS. If you’ve moved on, this would make one helluva weekend project.
For quite some time, we’ve known that Motorola is all in with Android while kicking Windows Mobile to the curb. According to a BGR report, sources say the Motorola Android phones coming this fall will be heavily influenced by Palm’s webOS. Their version of Android will place a heavy emphasis on social networking.
Similar to webOS on the Palm Pre, the Motorola effort dubbed “blur” will integrate contacts from your social networking sites. Sound familiar? If true, it’s certainly not surprising and we’ll likely see more manufacturers borrowing from Palm’s webOS. The Motorola Android phones might find their way to market sometime in the fall. It will be interesting to see what aspects of webOS find their way into their skinned version of Android.