Well guess what? MSFT has blown the trumpet. It is now openly inviting webOS devs to develop for Windows Phone 7.

According to a tweet by Brandon Watson – senior director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft.


Watson is the same man who had recently bet $1,000 on Windows Phone 7 with the author of popular comic strip Dilbert.

With webOS devs hitting the panic button, MSFT will surely be luring a lot of devs to develop on the Windows Phone 7 platform.

For Watson it’s a simple approach. “Someone asked me why,” he said over Twitter. “Because every developer matters, that’s why.”

Stay tuned for more…!!!!

So we received an email from HP saying that the devs need not worry as everything is in place….except the Hardware.

RIP WEBOS featured image thumb HP tells devs not to worry, WebOS will live

Dear webOS developer:

We have opened the next chapter for webOS, and we understand that you must have many questions. Yesterday we announced that we will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices. While this was a difficult decision, it’s one that will strengthen our ability to focus on further innovating with webOS as we forge our path forward. Throughout this journey, our developers will continue to be a vital part of the future of webOS.

We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog. Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.

As many of you are aware, we are currently scheduled to hold many developer events around the world. We are planning to continue with these events, however, due to the recent announcements; the nature of them will change. These updates will be posted on our events registration site this coming week. We are eager to present to you the updated strategy for webOS and to hear your feedback.

Lastly, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support for webOS and the many teams responsible for it here at HP. This is a particularly dynamic time in the mobile industry and sometimes tough decisions need to be made about not only what to do, but also what not to do. This has been one of those times. Together with our great webOS developer community, we are confident that we will meet the challenges ahead and build momentum for optimal success.

We will be communicating with you frequently over the next few weeks and we look forward to hearing from you throughout this process.

Thanks for your support

Richard Kerris
VP webOS Developer Relations

Well HP, who do you think, would be interested in raising an infant who was born very late and whose parents left him to rot and die, hoping that someone will be it’s foster parent??

What do you think??

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Folks, webOS now stands updated to 3.0.2. After missing the July deadline, the update has been rolled out via OTA.

webOS 3.0.2 now available

webOS 3.0.2

The changelog includes:


  • Quicker Just Type event search and event creation
  • Improved handing of meeting cancellations


  • Faster scrolling
  • Improved message content and image display
  • Improved management of multiple emails in Draft and Outbox views


  • Reduced audio skipping when the device is running other applications
  • Better display of album art

Photos & Videos

  • Added ability to set wallpapers
  • Faster and more reliable handling of individual photos and albums

Text Assist

  • Improved speed and accuracy of auto-corrections


  • Increased scrolling support compatibility within web pages
  • Improved performance of remote HTML5 video playback
  • Improved responsiveness of auto correction within the browser

webOS System

  • Fixed issues with oversensitive screen rotation

You just need to go to the system updates and download the update which is reported to be something 38MB is size.

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IHS iSuppli does it again. This time it is the Touchpad that got under the knife. iSuppli has revealed the BOM to be $306.15 for the 16GB version and $328.15 for the 32GB version.

What’s interesting here is that HP is selling the 32GB version for $100 more than the 16GB version, whereas it only costs $22 more to manufacture the 32GB version.

The BOM can be found below:

2011 07 05 HP Touchpad iSuppi tears down the TouchpadAccording to iSuppli:

The TouchPad in some ways does closely resemble the original iPad, with its use of the same LG display Apple used in the first-generation iPad, and by initially offering a product that only employs Wi-Fi as its exclusive wireless connection,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director, teardown services, for IHS. “However, there are major differences between the two platforms. For example, unlike the iPad, the TouchPad does not try to push the design envelope with an ultrathin form factor or in the use of exotic materials. HP’s choice of plastic enclosure adds to the increased thickness of the device, which also results in the density of the electronic design being much lower compared with Apple products. Furthermore, the TouchPad also features a built-in wireless charging system, something we haven’t seen in other tablets to date.

Seems tempting, it sure does to us. Stay tuned for more…!!!!

2011 07 05 HP Touchpad Exploded 300x224 iSuppi tears down the Touchpad

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US developers rejoice..!! HP is now offering Veer 4G on AT&T at discounted prices. The current discounted price set is $279 for a locked device.

HP Veer 4G1 300x168 HP sets $279 as developer price for AT&T Veer

According to Palm developer blog:

If you’re not already familiar with our device program, we offer devices at a discounted price to qualified developers who are committed to and actively developing apps for webOS. If you’re interested in participating – and with something as cool as the new Veer, who wouldn’t be – just send an email to PDC@palm.com with “Veer device program” in the subject line to request a coupon. From there, we’ll work with you to see if you qualify for the program.

Friendly reminder – we handle requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be assured that once you send us an email about qualifying for the program, we’ll respond to you as soon as possible.

View terms and conditions

So if you reside in the US, you can get one for you. And if you are unfortunate to get one, just drop a mail and await a response from HP.

Happy developing…!!!


HP is planning to hold a developer workshop at HP’s Palm campus in Sunnyvale, California on June 9th and June 16th.

HP TouchPad 300x258 HP plans webOS workshops on June 9 and June 16

According to HP:

These one-day workshops are specifically geared for developers that are actively working on a TouchPad app, who could benefit from in-depth sessions on using webOS 3.0:

  • Get expert guidance on webOS 3.0 development tools and UI/UX
  • Test and optimize your apps with TouchPad hardware
  • Work on apps and get direct help from the webOS team

This is a great chance for those developers who do not have a Touchpad and would like to test their apps on a real Touchpad.

The seats are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis. So hurry up and register yourself HERE.

Happy Developing…!!

HP’s Palm campus in Sunnyvale, CaliforniaHP’s Palm campus in Sunnyvale, California

What does a geek want in a lifetime? Simple: another project…!! Well the guys at the webOS blog have thought from a geek’s perspective. They have put up 10 reasons why the geeks will love the webOS.

Let us see how true they are:

#1: It’s free.

There’s no cost to become a developer.  You don’t have to pay any sort of fee to download the SDK or submit apps. The webOS emulator is free and our tools support development on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. We also have discount programs to help developers to get their hands on real devices.

Well, most of the other OSes do the same.

#2: We give you full access to your device.

You don’t have to jailbreak or root your device.What other platforms call jailbreaking or rooting, we call entering developer mode.  We don’t make you jump through hoops, purchase device certificates.  or use questionable tools; instead, we provide simple shortcuts from our launcher and phone apps.  Just tap on the “Just Type” search bar and enter “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart” (the classic NES Konami code!); an icon appears that lets you toggle this mode on and off. In developer mode, you can get full access to the device over your USB cable.

Agreed, with the rift ever increasing between developers and corporations, this could be a welcome move. While giants like Sony and Apple are bleeding trying to contain hackers (i love you guys, you rock…!!), the hackers always come out victorious. This move was the one that the dev community was waiting for.

#3: It’s Linux.

Once you’re in dev mode, it’s just Linux and WebKit.  You can get a fairly functional shell on the device by using the command “novaterm” on Mac/Linux or by using “pdk-device-install” and PuTTY on Windows.  We have many of the essential Linux commands available, tools like cp, vi, grep, find, diff, top, tar, and gzip, making it easy to find your way around the system.  We include scripts in our SDK to sideload ssh and gdb.

Linux rocks. I am yet to come across a geek who uses Linux as the secondary OS.

#4: A lot of it is familiar technology.

We use the languages and APIs you already know.  Most apps are written in JavaScript with the presentation layer as HTML and CSS.  We provide a framework to make writing apps quicker and to make accessing system features easier.  For webOS 2.x and earlier, it’s Mojo, and for webOS 3.0+ it’s Enyo.  We’re also working with leading mobile JavaScript frameworks and tools to make sure that their code can work well for webOS applications.

If you want to use C and C++, our main build tool is gcc and our main APIs are SDL and OpenGL ES, both widely used systems with lots of support material online and in books.

Making a smooth transition is always welcome.

#5: The source is easy to find.

Since apps are written in JS, it’s easy to find lots of examples just by poking around on the device.  The in-ROM apps are all in /usr/palm/applications.  Some have been compressed for faster loading speed, but we usually still have the original source there too.  For the open-source parts of our OS, we have opensource.palm.com with all the tarballs and patches for the pieces we ship on phone.

Source is what counts. While the greater part of the dev community is bent on seeing open source as the future, more and more OSes are adopting fragments that belong to this category

#6: Our tools are hardcore developer-friendly.

You don’t need an IDE, but you can use one.  Our main tools are command-line tools like palm-package and palm-install, but we ship an Eclipse integration plugin.  Our emulator is a x86-based build of the OS running in the open-source VirtualBox system.  We also have a web-based IDE at ares.palm.com that lets you build apps in your browser with a nice layout designer and a code editor based on Mozilla’s Bespin project.

Developer friendly is always = yayyyy. But on a serious note, the success of a platform solely depends upon it’s developers. If the tools are updated and dev feedback is properly taken care of, the devs would not run anywhere else. We have seen at least one case (Symbian) where the whole platform was driven to a suicide point. Had Nokia taken the correct steps at the ripe time, things would have had been different.

#7: You can try cutting edge stuff.

Doing background work on our devices is pretty easy; apps can be bundled with services based on node.js. JavaScript apps can call native code using the hybrid PDK model where the code runs as a plugin. You can try your hand at 3D graphics with OpenGL ES or do remote device control using Bluetooth serial.

Who doesn’t like cutting edge stuff?

#8: Our developer support is awesome!

The webOS developer forums are very active and members of both the developer relations and engineering team often answer questions there when other forum members don’t jump on them first.  We also publish a lot of information directly on developer.palm.com and we hold great events like our Developer Workshops all around the world.

We just hope it stays that way.

#9: webOS Homebrew Rocks!

We have an awesome independent developer community in webOS Internals that does things like replacement kernels, new system services, and overclocking tools. Our community produces innovations that have made their way into later webOS releases; for example, we liked the page cache compression work that they did to improve webOS 1.4.5 so much that we made it part of our standard Linux kernels on webOS 2.0. HP hasn’t tried to stop or silence these groups; instead we work with them when possible and even give them hardware to help with their explorations.

Homebrew has been ad is the core of hacking. What would a hacker do without homebrew? We must not forget that some of the greatest projects in the history of humanity (hint…hint) started as mere homebrews.

#10: Your open source project can make a difference.

Many of our best applications are open source, available either via our App Catalog or through homebrew channels including FourSquare, drPodder, pReader, Spaz (Twitter client), Relego (Read It Later client), and PreWare, People have already ported over a bunch of Linux games using our SDL system, and there are efforts to bring lots of languages and tools onto the platform. If you’re an expert in porting some important bit of Linux technology, there’s likely a niche for you here in the world of webOS.

As we have said above, Open Source is the name of the game.

What so you think about this article? do let us know and win some really cool stuff..!!


webOSroundup, in an interview with Richard Kerris has given us a much anticipated insight into the app catalog changes that were promised but not delivered as of schedule. What does this mean: in app purchases and developer promo codes will be coming to the catalog this summer (we pray earlier).

webos bug1 WebOS app catalog to witness big changes

This is great in many ways. the developers and now provide their customers with downloadable content (DLC), expansion packs, discounts on other app purchases. The possibilities are simply immense. Whilst on one hand it would enable the developers to create more and more apps, on the other hand, the customer would be the prime receiver of the benefits.

  • Promo codes time table. The promo and discount codes are coming this summer or sooner. If you are a dev those are words you have been waiting to hear for a while now.
  • In app purchase are coming…this summer
  • HP is actively working on a way to remove geo-restrictions, but it may not arrive for several months.

Talking of benefits, there is also the mention is breaking the geo-restricion barrier that has been a hindrance to both the developers and consumers alike. We hope to see these geo-resriction “unrestricted in the future (possibility) versions of the WebOS.

Until then, do let us know your thoughts about this story. And stay tuned for more…!!


The hackers (respect…people) are the core group of people who always challenge the limits, and ultimately succeed (though it might mean a few broken devices and more debt).

This time they have successfully ported Android to the Palm Pre. PreCentral reports of such a feat by one of their users:

While attempts to get webOS to run on Android hardware has thus far come up short, k3dar in our forums has performed a related and crazy feat: getting Android to run on webOS hardware. Specifically, we’re looking at the standard, no-frills AOSP “Android Open-Source Project” version of Android loaded up in a dual-boot scenario on the Palm Pre. There’s some funky keyboard mapping necessary to make the whole thing work (volume for menu, E for Home) and chances are most of you out there with Palm Pre hardware won’t be looking at an Android-based homebrew future anytime soon, but it’s nevertheless quite the accomplishment.

Here’s a video for your eyes:

Head over to PreCentral to know more…!!

PS: DO not attempt this if yo do not know what you are doing. It is highly likely that you would end up bricking your phone.

Good news for WP7, bad news for Palm. Both the smartphone OSes are relatively new (we are not counting the legacy Palm OSes here). WebOS had some ground before the WP7 was there. Our dear Chitika Research (the good ol’ number crunching company) has found the following info:

As of this month, it’s on par with the established (but slowly dying) webOS, formerly of Palm, now HP’s toy.  Since February, Windows Phone 7′s share of mobile web browsing has gone from 0.44% to 0.5% – still small, but evidence of growth that should make Microsoft a bit happier.

During the same period, webOS devices have declined from 0.84% to 0.53%.  Not surprising – the last webOS device to be launched was quite a while ago, and HP’s lineup of 2011 products hasn’t hit stores yet.

wp7 webos Windows Phone 7 Now On Par With webOS

What is more interesting here is that WP7 is still not on the Verizon (the same carrier which constitutes over half of the Android populace). When WP7 will get massively on the Verizon, these numbers might as well go higher up.

How well does HP tackle this competition is still something we have to wait to see. Stay tuned for more…!!!


A new chef brings a new recipe, and no, HP is no exception to this old-as-time saying (i dunno if it is for real, i just invented it..i think so). Addressing HP employees in Bangaluru, India, he vowed to regain “HP’s lost soul”.

hp webos logo 300x100 HP vows to regain lost soul, every HP PC to run WebOS

How does he plan to do it…?? Well the first and foremost thing that needs to be done (according to him) is to listen to his people, because

“The first thing I wanted to do when I joined HP was listen to the people. The rank and file usually know about all the shortcomings.”

The next is “WebOS” on every PC. HP PCs shipped frm 2012 onwards would have the genetic capability to run WebOS as well as MS Windows. This might have two effects, according to me:

  1. In the short run, the WebOS would see more apps. With a few thousand apps for the WebOS as compared to whooping millions for Android and iOS, it’s hitting two birds with one stone. Apps for the “PC version” of WebOS must have a counterpart for the smaller, mobile cousins running WebOS. Every developer would definitely want to see his/her app running on both PC and the mobiles.
  2. Challenge to MS and Apple: HP might be planning to be  direct competitor of both the companies. While it might want it’s users to give an Apple like desktop service experience, it might evolve to be a serious competitor of MS Windows in the looong run (two extra Os are intentional here, readers know why…!!).

Though I am not too sure of if what I hypothesize would ever happen, but I am pretty sure that users worldwide would welcome the decision of WebOS on PCs.

HP is the undisputed king of hardware in many parts of the world (at least here in India), so making inroads via software should not be tough, especially in developing countries where cost of original software is too high and people have to resort to piracy of some sort or other. A “free” OS should be welcome by one and all.

Stay tuned for more…!!

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