We're at the HP Palm event in sunny San Francisco (nice that someplace is having good weather!). There are a few hundred journalists here to cover the event, and as we've already heard, HP will be announcing 3 new devices: the HP Veer (a tiny stone of a phone according to Scobelizer), the Palm Pre 3 (hmm, the Pre 2 had a very short life) and the TouchPad-- a 1.5 lb. webOS tablet.
Most of us are inside now, and the event will start in 20 minutes. Stay tuned for some really cool Palm webOS gear!
We are now inside of the Pavilion. HP's slogan displaying here is:
Think big. Think small. Think beyond.
There are a few hundred journalists, bloggers and analysts including people from international outlets heading into the event.
The event is on the way. We are all seated. Two phones and a tablet? Very exciting!
The crowd is big here that some people can only get "standing only" space. Interestingly we don't see any Palm phones or HP notebooks in the crowd.
Todd Bradley comes on the stage talking about the history of HP's rich innovations. They are shipping 120 PCs and printers per minute.
HP hired over 100 engineers to work on webOS and connected devices since HP acquired Palm.
The vision for webOS is to use the OS on cross platforms and make devices that think, feel and connect!
Jon Rubinstein, Sr. VP is now on stage! His first public presentation at HP!
Jon: they think people today still want small phones, so HP is thinking beyond by thinking small. That means the HP Veer webOS smartphone:
Jon introduced Veer webOS smartphone:
-Full QWERTY keyboard -2.6" touch screen, 320 x 400 resolution -Gesture control -Web browser with Adobe Flash -GPS, 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR -5 Megapixel EDoF camera -USB and 3.5mm audio -HSPA+ -8GB storage, same as Pre 2 -Second gen Snapdragon 7230/8000MHz -Sensors: accelerometer, proximity and light sensors. -Mobile Hotspot support
Pre3 webOS smartphone:
-HSPA+ and EVDO Rev. A world phone -802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR -8 GB or 16GB storage, same as Pre 2 -Sensors: accelerometer, light, proximity and compass
-1.6 pounds -13.7 mm thick -9.7" screen, 1024 x 768 resolution -1.3 mp webcam -video calling -Beats Audio -Streo speakers -WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR -16GB and 32GB storage -Gyro, accelerometer and compass sensors -Dual Core 1.2GHz processor -QuickOffice -Google Doc,s Dropbox and Box. net -VPN -Video Calling -Wireless printing -Full web browser with Adobe Flash -Games -Books, newspapers and Magazine subscriptions -Movies and TV Shows via HP multimedia -Sync'd music collections via Amazon MP3 store -Beats Audio
Email is integrated between your webOS phones and the TouchPad. It's seamless using Palm's Synergy technology.
TouchPad plays KongFu Panda 2 in Flash smoothly and looks great!
Twitter is integrated and shows off maps, images linked to tweets.
Photo app: integrated with social networking, wireless printing, all within the Photo app
3G gaming: showing off flight shooter in 3D smoothly.
Viewing magazine looks as good as on the iPad. HP partners with Kindle, you can access Kindle libraries on the TouchPad.
Just demo'd video calling, worked smoothly between the Pre 3 and the TouchPad
Using TouchStone technology, the Pre 3 just got the same web page from the TouchPad without connecting via any other way! Wow!
WiFi version the TouchPad will be available in the US and world markets this summer with 3G version to follow.
And of course, there will be TouchPad accessories including a case and keyboard:
Now Dr. Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm is on stage.
Jimmy Lovine, CEO of beats.audio says thanks to the partnership with HP, beats audio is now on 1 million PCs. Music tracks now don't have to down graded to play on PC.
HP will show the new webOS and new devices to 500 developers tonight.
Perhaps the biggest news is that HP will bring the webOS to their PCs and printers, which can easily get onto 100 million machines and devices.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview