HP webOS: what’s in store?

HP webOS: what’s in store?HP announced three intriguing new devices yesterday at its high-profile Think Beyond event in San Francisco. There’s the Pre 3 (note the absence of Palm), TouchPad tablet and the credit card-sized Veer.

But what about webOS?

HP eventually intends to bring its operating system to desktop and netbook computers. It remains to be seen how grand its plans are, though it’s worth remembering that HP is the world’s biggest computer manufacturer.

One demonstration at the Think Beyond event showed seamless communication between webOS devices. For example, by simply tapping the TouchPad and Pre 3 together, users can share a URL.

The TouchPad will ship with the spanking new webOS 3.0, while the Pre 3 and Veer will pack webOS 2.2. The Tap-to-Share functionality will apparently work with “webOS 2.2 or higher”.

It’ll be interesting to see if webOS can make a dent in the mobile operating systems spread. In Europe, Symbian has dropped to fourth place, while Blackberry and Android are second and third respectively. Apple’s iOS remains the firm leader with almost 50% of the market share.

If you’re so inclined, you can watch HP’s Think Beyond event in its entirety on YouTube.

Read more about: HP Pre 3HP VeerWebOS

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