HP Offering Deep Discounts on Pre 2 To Developers

Palm today officially announced the details on their developer program. In the past, there really weren’t any sort of great discounts on devices. In many cases, it was cheaper to buy no-committment devices directly from the carrier. That’s changed today with the Palm Pre 2. Developers can request a coupon code valid for $250 an unlocked Palm Pre 2, which normally retails for $449. The net cost to developers is just $250. Great job by Palm and should help get Pre 2 devices in developers hands.

Developers can learn more by visiting the Developer Device Program section on Palm’s site.

Jon Rubinstein To Appear At D: Dive Into Mobile

From the folks that bring you All Things D in the sprint comes a new conference that focuses strictly on mobile appropriately titled D: Dive Into Mobile. This year, Jon Rubinstein of HP Palm will be one of the many participants. The event takes place on December 6-7. We’re thinking it would be a good time to release webOS 2.0 in or around those dates. In any event, it should be interesting to hear Palm’s plans for 2011.
Dive Into Mobile

via All Things D

Palm and Nokia Complete Executive Swap

Last month, Nokia hired Palm’s Peter Skillman, whose position within Palm was VP of Product Design. Today it appears Palm has returned the favor, hiring Air Jaaksi who recently resigned from Nokia’s MeeGo branch. Jaaski will be Palm’s Senior VP of webOS. Jaaski recently left Nokia it was for “personal reasons”.  As All Things D points out, this is code for, “I’ve got a new job at Palm”.

Ari Jaaski

In addition to hiring Jaaski, Palm has also hired Victoria Coleman, who was in charge of Samsung’s R&D Center in San Jose. Coleman will “oversee platform and application development for next-generation versions of webOS”.

There has been plenty of employee shuffling since the acquisition, but it’s certainly refreshing to see Palm add talent.

All Things D via Unwired

HP To Launch New webOS Phones in 2011

According to a senior HP executive, HP will release new webOS phones in early 2011. While not surprising, that would likely mean there won’t be anything new this year, although that was not confirmed. Senior Vice President Eric Cador announced the news at an industry conference in Europe saying, “You will see us coming early next year with new phones.”

It’s still not clear if HP will release the new phones under their brand or if the Palm brand survives. The good news is that ‘phones’ implies multiple phones will be released in early 2011. Cador reaffirmed the reasoning for the HP’s acquisition of Palm.

“More importantly we acquired webOS,” Cador told the conference in Barcelona, adding Palm’s intellectual property was “extremely fundamental” in the deal.

Are they too late or perhaps waiting to get things just right? After seeing the release of the Droid Pro, wouldn’t that be a killer device if coupled with webOS? Make it happen HP.

via Reuters

HP Informs Employees webOS tablet coming Q1 2011

According to Engadget, Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley informed HP employees yesterday that the company is planning on introducing a webOS tablet sometime in Q1 of 2011. Sources say it is indeed codenamed “Hurricane”. Of course, CES is the biggest consumer electronics event of the year, so we suspect that will be the perfect stage for such an unveiling.

HP Hurricane webOS Tablet

No word on the status of any new smartphones, but we have think Palm’s roadmap had some planned for this year.

HP Android Tablet Shelved?

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?

Palm and HP at MobileBeat 2010

Palm and HP will be at MobileBeat 2010, a conference that starts today. The focus of the conference is to explore the year of the superphone. Phil McKinney,VP and CTO of HP Personal Systems Group, will usher in the event with a keynote address. This is scheduled for 9 am PST. This being the first public event in the post-Palm/HP era, it’ll be interesting to see if McKinney shares any details on upcoming plans for HP.

Although we are not in attendance, if we get any breaking news from the conference, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

via Palm’s Developer Blog

comScore reports: Palm losing ground, but don’t panic

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
Feb-10 May-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 42.1% 41.7% -0.4
Apple* 25.4% 24.4% -1.0
Microsoft 15.1% 13.2% -1.9
Google 9.0% 13.0% 4.0
Palm 5.4% 4.8% -0.6

Palm Community: Stay Excited!

In case you missed this yesterday, we’d encourage our readers to view this brief video of Palm’s Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer having a discussion with Phil McKinney, vice president and Chief Technology Officer for HP. If you are a fan of webOS, you cannot help but get excited about the future of the platform that’s now in the hands of HP. Give a quick watch and stay excited! Things are going to get more interesting.

NEW VIDCAST: A Message to the Palm Developer Community from HP PC on Vimeo.

via HP

HP Starts Process of Consolidation, Some Palm Employees Suffer Layoffs

According to Digital Daily, a number of Palm employees were let go today. This sort of thing isn’t out of the ordinary, but often necessary given the duplication of responsibilities that often occur. Numbers are speculative, but said to be under a hundred. HP provided the following quote:

“Part of the integration strategy is consolidation of functions and operations, as appropriate. There always is turnover in organizations. Palm employees overall are enthusiastic about having the financial stability and global scale necessary to complete their vision.”