HP webOS Connect Event (Toronto)

Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I love webOS, (now defunct) Palm’s amazing mobile operating system. I’ve had the original Palm Pre, the Palm Pre Plus, and the Pre 2 for as long as I can remember, and now HP is launching the TouchPad on July 1st in the United States, followed by the imminent launch in Canada on July 15.

Today, at the Spoke Club in Downtown Toronto, HP held their webOS Connect event for developers, where Richard Kerris, VP of Worldwide Developer Relations, spoke about the TouchPad and HP’s future with webOS. It was very informative, and learned that HP is dead serious about competing with the iPad and various Android heavyweights of the world. Starting next week, Kerris announced that HP is starting a huge marketing campaign for the TouchPad, which includes TV spots featuring Lady Gaga, Manny Pacquiao and Miranda Cosgrove. Attendees also got to see a sneak peak of one of the unreleased TV spots, which featured Russell Brand. It was absolutely hilarious.  Thank god they’re veering away (no pun intended) from the hideous and traumatizing original Palm Pre marketing blitz.

I also got to spend some one-on-one time with Darren Leroux, Smartphone Product Manager, where we chatted about HP’s future, and his opinions on the TouchPad launch. He was very confident in demonstrating HP’s direction against the iPad and the PlayBook, stating that they’re working diligently to make sure the TouchPad is a success. This is great news, as I’ve always loved the devices Palm has created, and with news that there are 3 million TouchPad’s being shipped the first year, things can only look better and better for HP.

Besides talking numbers, I had a chance to play around with the Pre 3, and let me tell you, it’s a fantastic device. I’ve loved the Pre 2, but everything about the Pre 3 oozes sexy and suave. Everything was as smooth as butter, thanks to the 1.4 ghZ Snapdragon ‘Scorpion’ processor. Apps loaded quickly, the screen was beautiful, and the form factor was perfect. When asked about the launch date (which is still up in the air), Leroux stated that it should be arriving soon, before the end of summer. That’s good news, because honestly, I’m tired of waiting for it to be released!

All in all, it seems that HP is taking their acquisition of Palm very seriously, and if they play the cards right with their media blitz in the next couple of weeks (and release the Pre 3 by the end of August!), they have a surefire hit on their hands.

Apple Might Want to Take a Page Out of HP/Palm’s Book

Sorry Apple fanboys.  This is just one more piece of news that your messiah (Steve Jobs) might want to consider.

HP/Palm has made an extremely generous gesture to webOS’s Homebrew community, which is HP/Palm’s equivalent of the developers behind the ever popular Jailbreak community.  Instead of frowning upon and essentially downplaying the benefits of jailbreaking devices (which is what Apple is notorious for), HP has embraced the Homebrew developer community, donating essentially $15,000 worth of equipment.  This included an enterprise-class HP ProLiant DL385G6 2U server with 2 TB of storage.  That’s nothing to scoff at, and in my opinion, HP embracing the developers and Homebrew community is just as, if not more, important than any amount of donation.

How do you like dem apples? Pun intended. 

Check out the link to the article below.

[Why Apple continues to suck, and other companies continue to evolve]

HP/Palm’s Big Announcement is Today!!

The long wait is over.  For all us techgeeks, February 9th has been a long day coming.  HP/Palm has slowly and excruciatingly painfully leaked out teasers for their big event today, which is known as the Think Big, Think Small, Think Ahead, Think Beyond event.  Precentral is going to cover the event live, so keep checking back for the latest updates there!  I know I’m going to hit the refresh button at work, every 30 seconds!!

HP/PALM THINK BIG EVENT LIVE!

UPDATE: Palm HP Pre 3.  TouchPad.  I’m literally getting goosebumps seeing these products unfold.  I’m calling it now; 2011 is going to be HP/Palm’s year.  You can quote me on that.

Apple is the Bane of All Evil

Ok, seriously Apple?  You’re really going ahead and doing this?

Apple is rumoured to announce the highly anticipated iPad 2 on February 9, 2011.  Does this date sound familiar?  Of course it does.  It’s the date HP/Palm is announcing their version of webOS products.  This all sounds eerily similar to when the Palm Pre was about to launch, a couple of days before, Apple announced the iPhone 3GS. 

Steve Jobs, you can go suck it.

[via BoyGeniusReport]