Rumor: HP’s WebOS Tablet “The Hurricane” Coming Q3

Daryl Deino of the Examiner is reporting that an “HP insider” is spilling the beans on HP’s plans for a WebOS Tablet. Supposedly it is codenamed The Hurricane and is scheduled to debut in Q3. We don’t know much more than that, but Q3 seems early to me given the timing of HP’s recent acquisition of Plam.

Picture mockup  via Slashgear

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  1. acerbic says

    It would be nice if HP made a webOS tablet, but I’d like to point out this is not “reporting”, it’s “making crap up to draw viewers to a worthless blog page”.

  2. Steve S says

    Well, someone needs a hug!

    “Q3 seems early to me…”

    Just remember, if it’s late enough in the third quarter, it’ll effectively be Q$…!

    • acerbic says

      To clarify: I meant the original “report” at examiner.com, a site where most “reports” are about UFOs, free energy or political conspiracy theories and I’ve personally seen a “reporter” brag about how they make a few more pennies from ad commissions if they manage to make up really sensational garbage to drive page views.

      Yet if you search HP Slate at google news right now, the latest half a dozen “articles” are based on nothing but that examiner.com crap. Absolutely pathetic.

      • acerbic says

        …and the “report” comes from a complete fake luser who e.g. previously “reported” that a nameless source from Apple didn’t completely deny a story about Lady GaGa as an Apple spokesperson and then “reported” next that a nameless Apple spokesperson denies Lady GaGa rumors.

        P.S. Examiner.com is generally so full of crap that it got ousted from Google news for it.

  3. GoodThings2Life says

    What makes anyone think a WebOS tablet would be any more productive than a Palm Pre? Without a well-polished app market for developers to innovate on, it’s not going to be anything more than a toy.

    I say that as someone who likes WebOS in terms of usability but hates how limiting it is in such an early stage of development.

  4. Achim says

    Is it only my perception, or is the HP slate about to inherit the title “most rumored gadget” from the iPad and the iPhone 4G? :)

    I think WebOS could be a great tablet OS, but it will definitely need a lot of work. Who is going to make it tablet ready ’til Q3? I think the Palm guys are pretty busy with the smartphone hardware and software …

  5. Dan says

    Okay, I can jump in on this rumor too!

    While I see no real benefit to a WebOS tablet since it would be targeted as a ‘consumption’ device rather than a ‘creation’ device again like so many netbook ‘tablets’, I think all the rumor mills and the nay sayers are still missing a component of the equation!

    You think Palm engineers were too busy to port their OS to a tablet? Perhaps. Some say that this may be going back and dredging up the old Palm netbook thingy they had going that was waiting for the WebOS release. Perhaps.

    I have not seen or heard the other side, however,….perhaps HP had been working all along on making this happen, like they do with the Linux OS loads on their business computers. All they needed (HP) to complete the exercise was to have the PalmOS officially ‘available’ to them. HP may have been negotiating with Palm for months to make a WebOS tablet happen when both sides came to the understanding that it would be beneficial to be one company….? Presto, Palm is absorbed and the effort to launch the WebOS tablet goes from yellow to green….

    I believe the specs stated the HP slate would have an active digitizer and multitouch. The touch part seems logical since the Pre is pretty good at that, but the active part probably needed a bit of driver work. Again, HP may have been working on this since last year with three devices in competition on the prototype floor; an Android version, a Win 7 version, and the WebOS version. All that was needed was an agreement to market and presto! The HP WebOS Slate may have been the one they wanted as the front runner all along….time will tell as this is looked back upon years from now as nothing more than a mere history lesson in the overall evolution of the species called ‘tablets.’

    Dan

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