Palm & HP already in the works with a webOS powered tablet called Hurricane?

Palm & HP already in the works with a webOS powered tablet called Hurricane?
As HP and Palm continue to figure things out, it looks like one of the first things to develop out of the acquisition is a speculated webOS powered tablet. Even though the HP Slate was unveiled back during CES without much fanfare, the recent news about it getting axed raised an eye especially after HP's buyout of Palm went through. Now there are rumors according to an insider over at HP that a new webOS tablet, going by the code name HP Hurricane, is in the works right now and could see a launch some time during Q3 of this year – which isn't too far away from now. There is no denying that webOS is still a decent looking and viable platform that could see a major overhaul in the next few months as things look to steady over at Palm land. Without much hesitation, it'll be interesting to see how this will end up as we continue to see a steady stream of competition around the tablet market in the coming months. We'll see if there is some validity to these rumors as we wait and see how things turn out between Palm and HP.

source: The Examiner



1. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

G damnit palm. Just because Apple is successful doesn't mean yours will be, quite the contrary actually. Seriously read these postes. With web OS intact develope a phone that has a 3.5 in touch screen or larger with or with out key bored and keep the same memory and camera specs and people will buy it ...the palm pre tanked because it was tiny!

2. ilia1986 unregistered

I agree.. and the sole reason the iPad has any value at all is because of the 200k apps... webOS has NOTHING! No company as big as it can be can make 200k apps from thin air in a matter of a couple of months.

10. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Agreed. That's what is driving Apple's success. Its the applications that are available to them. They were very smart to introduce an App Store first. I'm not sure if we would even have App Stores if Apple hadn't created the idea, like the Google Market or Palm's store.

3. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

There are so many small minded opinionated post here. HP is a computer/laptop maker just like Apple and now that they have the freshest OS on the market it kind of makes sense they would add a tablet with that OS. The App Catalog grows everyday and will continue doing so because of ease of the platform. Comparing the Pre's size to any other phones besides the Droid, Imagio and HD2 there isn't much difference in size or screens.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

screen is awesome the rest feels c heap and well if they had as much apps as even android i bet they would have been cuccesfull. I still get amazed what my droid can do and my ipod touch for that matter

5. ilia1986 unregistered

Screen size is extremely important. I have a nokia 5800, and that 3.2 inch feels so small.. imagine what would a 3.1 inch feel like.

11. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Okay, yes, HP will have a fresh idea, but...what is it that everyone is very negative about the iPad? It's how it doesn't have flash, how you can just buy a netbook (which in fact, is now considered old and netbooks aren't really in anymore), it doesn't have a physical keyboard, it doesn't have multitasking, ect. What exactly is going to make this one any different with a success that will do as well as the iPad? People thought the HP Slate running Windows was going to make at least some breakthrough into the tablet world, but instead, they cancelled that idea. There is obviously a problem there. Just because they bought out Palm shows reason as to why they cancelled it? No, because why the hell would HP waste all that time creating something and previewing it? They obviously found something wrong for them not to follow through with their initial idea. Consider the differences in the HP computing. They make multiple computers; Different designs, screen sizes, functionalities, memory, ram, processors, and even Operating Systems (Windows 7, Vista, XP & Linux [for the netbooks at least]) along with a second company, Compaq. They even have a MacBook replica type, the Envy series. So why not release two different tablets running different OS's? My opinion, and not speaking for anyone else, I think HP found problems just I had thought they would with running a full operating system as big as Windows 7 and needs to find a way to lessen the problems they found with that OS. We saw demos, but demos of course are always full of the good stuff, just as anyone would want to present their best features and times rather than promote crappy problems. As for adding WebOS, they will really need to step up their game, especially since Palm has HP (or technically HP has Palm). Creating a tablet with an operating system that hasn't really advanced as far as the iPhone and Android OS's have will be harsh and won't create very much popularity and fanbase in their product unless it has something you really just can't find anywhere else (No, Adding flash really won't do much, considering how people still use products without Flash capabilities [not just the iPhone]). They will need to really amaze people with something that will put Apple under, which I can't think of anything, but obviously thats what the innovators of HP are for.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

a 3.1 will feel remarkably like a 3.2 with this much ".." less space i think ud have to try to notice.. lol screens that small are fine as long as they have a keyboard with them. As far as it goes, the palm OS is fine and dandy, and I think a tablet would do "OK" if it were more open and flash loving like an android tablet. What the company needs to do first is reestablish some hype in the OS by pairing it to some super high spec phones like HTC does with Android. The Ipad wouldnt of sold squat on its specs alone if it wasnt for the rabbid apple fanbase. Palm OS needs some of that fanaticism before a tablet will be sucessful unless its just the "end all be all" of tablets spec-wise.

12. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Have you even used an iPad? I haven't seen a single thing able to compare it against. Obviously, there was the Slate, but it failed, so now what? It wasn't just the Apple Fanbase. Of course, the fans factor into their products, but then why do people still have Windows laptops running? It's because of the diversity in products. The iPad is something new and definitely different. It being under Apple isn't the reason why people buy it, it's the product that people buy which makes Apple successful. If people didn't like it, they would just return it or sell it on eBay or Craigslist and we would notice a big drop in sales from Apple retail stores. It's the use of the huge screen along with touch and extremely slim form factor that makes it very portable, which makes it a great product. I'd rather pick up my iPad than bring my laptop with me everywhere. Its just not as convenient to bring my laptop. Being able to access the screen instantly and get to an app without need to flip open a laptop to boot is quite nice actually. Fanbase wise, not everyone has to be a fan to realize that the product can be successful. Say iPhone to someone and majority will know what it is (at least in America...). Say Android, and, honestly, I don't know a percentage and I'm not willing to look it up, but at least towards my friends when I talk about my Nexus One or the Android OS in general, they have no clue what it is. That being said, since people know that Apple has created something significant and innovative as the iPhone, as well with following through with their other products like iPod Touches and MacBooks, we see the chain of success in each product because they work. People don't continue to follow it if they start producing crap that doesn't work. Of course Apple has flopped before, but currently, they are doing very well. It's like when you see a product, follow their line of products, and realize you like them, you follow them like on Twitter :] I bought an HP Desktop once, followed through to their printers, and noticed I like both a lot, so I bought a monitor and a laptop from them afterwards. It's because I had trust in them, as well as people do in Apple products.

7. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I think they do have more planned, the C40 is what I'm looking forward too.

8. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

webOS is a fantastic OS, needs a bit of work on sluggishness and thats what hp should be focusing on right now on top of making an aspiring looking phone, and longer battery. all in all, overall phone quality needs to be improved. once its done they can move on to tablet... but hey, hp is a giant company if they think they can do 2 things at the same time, why not ?

9. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

to bad palm when they made webos didnt pull their heads from their butts and go nuts making all kinds of electronics. dont see webos being pushed to bigger and better things with hp cause they will be scared to go full out. hurricane lol looks like a light breeze. why so small ?

13. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

well even though hp bought palm it will be interesting cause hp is already making a tablet in the works which i am waiting for which is called the hp slate running on a windows 7 operating systems has a camera a usb and storage and etc so i t will be interesting to see this to

14. GreyP

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

I have always been a supporter of hewlett packard and I use their HP 4600 Toner

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