HP has posted the slides and a transcript from yesterday afternoon’s bombshell announcement that the PC and printer maker intends to acquire Palm the troubled handset maker for $1.2 billion dollars later this year.
HP has stated that they plan to continue to develop and grow the webOS platform after Palm is integrated into the Personal Systems Group, lead by formed Palm CEO, Todd Bradley.
You can view the slides and read the transcript on Slideshare.net.
Earlier today, Hewlett-Packard announced their intention to acquire troubled smartphone maker, Palm for $1.2 billion dollars, or $5.70 per common Palm share.
Palm announced the deal on their corporate blog by posting:
“In case you didn’t hear, we just announced a merger with a little shop down the street called HP. That little shop happens to be the world’s largest technology company, and certainly one of the most revered companies in all of tech-land. Can you say “webOS acceleration”? We’re pretty excited, and pleased we surprised the world again.”
In a separate posting, HP wrote:
“Palm’s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP’s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”
“We’re thrilled by HP’s vote of confidence in Palm’s technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP’s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS,” said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm. ”We look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and business partners.”
You can read HP’s full press release on the HP news release website.
Documents To Go 3.2 for iPhone OS has landed in the Apple iTunes App Store.
The biggest updates in this release are enhancements to searching, application optimizations, and bug fixes. I’m excited to learn that the next update for Documents To Go for iPhone OS will support the iPad! I’m really looking forward to that since Documents To Go will allow you to work with native Microsoft Office documents.
DataViz is also running a special promotion to upgrade to the Premium edition of Documents To Go. On my iPod touch, using the in app upgrade option, I can step up to the Premium edition to gain Exchange attachment support and Box.net/Dropbox support for $4.99. Not a bad offer if you ask me.
Hit the App Store icon on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to get the latest update to Documents To Go.
Clemens Schuchert has a new review posted on the European Palm Pixi Plus up on the PUGCast blog site.
“The Palm Pixi Plus is Palm’s first low-cost device on the European market running webOS. As with the Palm Pre, it will be offered by O2 in Germany, the UK, Ireland, and Spain. It also will be marketed throughout Europe by Vodafone and in France by the carrier SFR. Pricing across Europe is a bit confusing because carriers are not selling at a similar price tag. Thus, SFR seems to have the lowest price followed by O2 and Vodafone. At least devices from O2 are SIM-lock free and can be used globally on any 3G carrier – a normally overlooked feature and a great advantage over the other carriers. O2 yesterday announced a retail price for the Palm Pixi Plus of about 389 EUR, and today corrected it to 361 EUR in order to be more competitive.”
You can read the full hands on Palm Pixi Plus review on the PUGCast website.
I’m not sure who is responsible for the ad, Palm or AT&T, but I really don’t care. I just saw a cool Palm Pre ad for the new Palm Pre Plus on AT&T! Finally! An ad that shows of what Palm’s hardware an webOS can do without any creepy actors!
You can also hit the link to watch it over at YouTube.
According to The Consumerist website, Amazon, feeling some pressure from the Apple iPad, will begin selling their Kindle ebook reader at early as this weekend at retail locations. The first “brick and mortar” retail chain to get the Kindle is reportedly Target.
“Now that the iPad is upon them, Amazon has finally made a deal to unleash their popular Kindle e-reader to the bricks-and-mortar retail market. Amazon has made a deal with Target that will have Kindles in some of their stores as early as this Sunday.
The first stores to get the Kindle will be in south Florida and the chain’s flagship store in downtown Minneapolis. These stores should start selling Kindles on April 25.”
To read the full story, visit the Consumerist website.
DataViz has posted a long, long, long over due update on the status of their Documents To Go application for the Palm webOS platform on their Office Mobility Blog.
We at DataViz would like to apologize for not responding sooner to our loyal Palm customers about the availability of Documents To Go for webOS. We have felt it best to keep our public webOS discussion to a minimum until we had concrete information about our webOS products to offer you.
We are continuing our efforts to work with Palm to clear the path for a full editing version of Documents To Go. However, given the current environment at Palm, as well as the necessary collaboration with the device manufacturer that is required to bring an app like ours to a platform like webOS, our Documents To Go editor product for webOS is essentially at a standstill.
As soon as we have any additional information, we will inform you immediately.
Thanks for your passion surrounding our solution.
Business Manager, Documents To Go Palm
It is unfortunate that DataViz and Palm can’t get things lined up and getting Documents To Go for webOS out the door. Docs To Go is one of my favorite mobile applications and for the last 10 months I’ve had to go it (almost) alone as webOS only includes DataViz’s Doc View application.
The good news is that if you are on virtually any other smartphone OS, you can get rich document viewing and editing capabilities via Documents To Go.
Here’s to hoping that we get Documents To Go for the Pre’s birthday which is coming up on June 6th.
I’ve been really enjoying my new 32GB Apple iPad. Here’s a quick run down of the iPad specific apps that I’ve installed so far.
- 12 Solitaire Games from Astraware
- ABC Player (Free)
- AccuWeather Cirrus
- Air Hockey (Free)
- Apple iBooks (Free)
- Apple Pages ($9.99)
- BigOven Lite (Free)
- Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (Free)
- EW’s Must List (Free)
- Flight Control HD ($4.99)
- Harbor Master HD (Free)
- IMDb Movies & TV (Free)
- Marvel Comics (Free)
- MotionX Zen HD (Free)
- N.O.V.A – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD ($9.99)
- NPR for iPad (Free)
- NYT Editor’s Choice (Free)
- PCalc Lite (Free)
- Tap Tap Radiation (Free)
- Twitterific for iPad (Free)
- USA Today for iPad (Free)
- The Wall Street Journal (Free w/ limited functionality)
MotionApp is going green for Earth Day! On their Facebook page, MotionApps writes:
“Gone green during time limited promo. You can get Classic for $19.99 as of now”.
Classic is the webOS application that allows you to run all of your old Palm OS application on your Palm Pre or Pixi smartphone. Classic also allows you to HotSync with Palm Desktop running on your Windows PC using either a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.
The new Facebook client adds Facebook updates to webOS so you can receive Facebook notifications in the webOS notifications area. (See the image below to see what the notifications for Facebook looks like.)
I’m not the biggest Facebook user, but I did install the update yesterday and I think Facebook users (fanatics or not) will like the new feature. With this release of Facebook , I believe that the Palm webOS client is on par with the iPhone OS client in everyway. Way to go Palm!
If you have an earlier version of the webOS Facebook app, you can upgrade to version 1.2.0 using the Updates application. If you don’t have the Facebook app installed on your Palm Pre or Pixi, you can get it today from the App Catalog.