Android is in your phone and in your tablet, but what about on your desktop? Taking up the market space that was supposed to have been occupied by Linux— a desktop computer at a lower cost by using an open source OS— here is the HP Slate 21, a 21 inch desktop/tablet hybrid with Android built in.
The Slate 21 was just announced this morning in Beijing, so there aren’t a whole lot of details yet available. It’s a 21.5-inch, 1920×1080 kickstand-toting all-in-one equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC and running Android 4.2.2, and that’s all we’ve got for now.
HP’s got a brand new CEO in Meg Whitman, a new sense of purpose as they focus a little less on hardware and now they’ve given themselves a brand new logo. As a graphic designer, I like to see when companies do a little rebranding, but I’m not sure about HP’s new look. I wasn’t really a fan of the old one, but not a fan of the new one either.
If you’ve got an HP tablet or you’re otherwise a fan of webOS, the good news is that new HP CEO Meg Whitman clarified the company’s position today on webOS, saying that while they’re not interested in re-entering the smartphone market, webOS will be on future HP tablets. webOS is also now open source, meaning it could show up on other non-HP tablets.
After ditching webOS, and initially saying they might be getting out of the hardware business, HP announced the other day that it will continue to make PCs and even will continue to make tablets, just not on webOS.
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets use flash memory and SSDs as a matter of course, because it doesn’t make your phone very mobile or hearty if it’s got a spinning metal disk hard drive. And the technology is just now creeping into netbooks, notebooks and desktops and already HP is talking about phasing it out by 2013 for something newer.
If you’re one of the lucky bastards who picked up a $100 HP TouchPad, you might be wondering when you’ll be able to run Android on your new toy. The answer is now, thanks to a new Android emulator for webOS. Okay, so it’s an emulator and not a native OS replacement, but it’s something.
It wasn’t long after HP decided to ditch its hardware business, including tablets and possibly webOS when rumors began that Amazon was thinking about buying the really nice, but commercially unsuccessful mobile operating system. At the time, it seems like a bunch of malarky, and then after former eBay CEO Meg Whitman was named head of HP, the rumors started up again. And now they’re getting even louder, with rumors that Amazon is now is serious negotiations to acquire webOS.
HP comes out with the TouchPad. In the short span of just a couple months, TouchPad sales are so dismal that HP says it’s seriously thinking about getting out of the hardware business period— tablets, desktops, the whole lot. And so TouchPads drop to the fire sale price of $100 and suddenly the TouchPad is the hottest thing since the zipper fly. And now HP says that they’re going to keep making TouchPads at least through October, possibly longer. What?
This week’s just full of tech business surprises. Earlier this week, Google surprised everyone by buying Motorola and today in a press conference, HP announced that it’s killing what’s left of Palm and webOS and will probably be selling off its PC division at some point to focus only on software.
When HP bought Palm last year, their main goal was to snap up the Palm WebOS and jam their foot in the door of the growing and lucrative mobile market. But what wasn’t expected was that they would move WebOs to the desktop, though it makes sense. Apple’s doing it with iOS integration and the Mac App Store, and making shit-tons of money from it. So with HP’s vast PC market out there, why not cash in on the same thing?
Yesterday, HP held a big media event to announce the TouchPad, an awesome looking 9.7” tablet running webOS, with a 1.2ghz processor and lots of other great bells and whistles that should make this a tablet to hold out for when it hits stores this summer.
So far, there’s a lot of companies talking about tablets, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of meat. The reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S have been pretty lukewarm, but the HP Slate has been the one that a lot of people have really been waiting for, and if you’re one of those people, you may have to wait at least 6 weeks after the Slate launches to get your hands on one due to extraordinary demand.