HP Enters Smartphone Segment With Palm Acquisition

Finally the drama surrounding the acquisition of Palm came to an end with Hewlett Packard announcing that the company is acquiring Palm for an estimated $1.2 billion.

Making the announcement on the company’s website, Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group at HP said,

“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. 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.”

The acquisition is expected to be completed by July 31st of this year with every shareholder of Palm receiving $5.70 in cash for the stock that they hold.

[via HP]

HP Compaq AirLife 100 Technical Specifications

Hewlett Packard’s new Compaq AirLife 100 features and technical specifications have hit the company’s website. The laptop comes with some nice tech specs though these not too impressive

Processor : 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 CPU
Internal Memory : 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash memory
OS : Android OS with Compaq touch experience
Display : 10.1 inch diagonal backlift TFT resistive touch screen
Display Screen : 1024 x 600 WSVGA
Storage : 16GB Solid State drive
Battery : 28 Wh typical Li-Polymer

[via MyHPMini]

HP Slate Vs. Apple iPad : Features Comparison And Price

Ever since the “magical” and “revolutionary” iPad launched, employees at Hewlett Packard are reported to be unduly worried about their own effort going in vain. Engadget has caught hold of a slide from a recent presentation made to the employees at HP that tries to assuage them about the comparative advantages of their slate vis a vis the Apple iPad.

If the features listed are true, then we may be seeing a well truly magical device in the HP Slate. The device runs on a 1.6 GHz processor (1GHz on iPad), comes with two cameras (facing inward and outward) and runs a touch optimized version of the Windows 7 OS. The battery life is poorer though – just 5+ hours compared to iPad’s 10. I tell you, this is closer to my dream machine..Not the iPad, not any other iBrick. HP Slate is expected to be priced between $549 and $599.

HP Slate vs. Apple iPad

What do you think of the features?

[via Engadget]

HP To Quit 10 Inch NetBook Segment?

The iPad is launching tomorrow and a series of new tablet PCs are coming to the market this summer. Will the growing number of tablet PCs lead to the demise of netbook computers?

While it is not clear what effect the launch of tablet devices has has on this, it is now being reported that HP might be quitting the 10″ netbooks segment  owing to reducing profits from these netbooks.

Taiwanases publication Digitimes has reported that HP may quit the 10 inch netbooks segment due to lower profits from Intel Pine Trail-based netbooks. The company is expected to ramp up its focus on AMD-based 11.6-inch notebooks instead.

Quoting a source, DigiTimes writes,

“Most of the second-tier and white-box netbook vendors have already quit the market after first-tier players started cutting their netbook prices in the second half of 2009 to compete for market share.”

[via DigiTimes]

Price Of HP Slate Upwards Of $500

HP Slate, the seemingly superior cousin of the much hyped iPad is rumored to launch in June. ClipSet, a popular Spanish website has revealed from its sources that the tablet devices from Hewlett Packard may have a late summer launch in Europe at a price of €400 ($546).

That does not necessarily mean that price will be higher than iPad. It is possible that the price of HP Slate is synced to iPad’s $499 starting price when it launches in US and to the corresponding price points in other markets. However considering superior hardware in the form of Atom CPU, USB connectivity, memory card reader, a back mounted webcam and support for Adobe Flash, it is also possible that HP launches the device at a premium.

Can’t wait to get hold of this one. Why bother about the iPad!

[via Engadget]

Hewlett Packard Building Intent-Based Search Engine?

You will have to take this with a grain of salt, but it is possible that Hewlett Packard could be working on a search engine.  A recent patent filed in the name of ‘Jianwei Dian’ describes a search engine that will understand the “intent” of the user inputting the search query and list results that the user needs; not simply match the query with web pages like Google.

So, how does it work? The inventor explains that the process will involve understanding the query of the user and delivering results of the information and not just the web pages that contain the words from the query (like Google does). So, if you query “Contact Information of Jianwei Dian”, you are likely to see results ranked by those web pages that contain the email, phone number, etc. of Jianwei rather than just web pages that match the query. The inventor writes

“With considering both the relevance and reliability of the matched web pages, the intent match search engine more likely will give high rankings to the web pages that both contain the information the user is looking for and are reliable sources of information. This saves the user’s time, since the few top web pages or even the very first web page may already contain what the user is looking for and is also the most reliable source of information. The user doesn’t need to navigate through a lot of matched web pages before he finds what he is looking for. “

HP files Intent Based Search Engine

While the patent looks interesting, there is still not enough confirmation about who the patent really belongs to. The patent is filed in the name of ‘Jianwei Dian’ from Plano Texas. A quick search (on Google!) on the inventor gave us the following information:

Name: DIAN Jianwei
Location: Plano, TX
Company: Hewlett-Packard Company
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX (Home)

What do you think? Is HP indeed working on a search engine? Tell us your thoughts.