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HP Launching 'Hurricane' Tablet Running Palm's OS

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HP is already making the most out of its billion dollar acquisition of Palm.

Late last month, Palm was purchased by HP. Not too long after, amid talk that HP had canned its Windows 7 Slate, speculation emerged regarding a HP Slate running Palm's WebOS operating system.

Today speculation turns into rumors as Examiner.com reports HP is planning a WebOS tablet called the Hurricane. That's right, it looks like HP is ditching the "Slate" moniker in favor of something a little more dramatic for this device. Examiner cites an inside source at HP who says the HP Hurricane is scheduled for a Q3 release later this year.

It's not immediately clear if this means the Android version of the HP Slate has also been canned. Earlier reports suggested that the Windows 7 HP Slate had been scrapped but again, there was nothing to suggest the Android version of the same device was also being written off. With a new WebOS tablet planned, HP could ditch the Android version in favor of fully supporting its own mobile operating system but what a shame that would be.

Which would you prefer, WebOS or Android?

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    azcoyote , May 10, 2010 9:12 PM
    In order of preference...

    Win 7, Android, WebOS
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    thejerk , May 10, 2010 8:56 PM
    How about they freak everyone out and release a tablet that dual-boots Android and WebOS or just lets you choose at first boot. Put 64GB of flash memory in it, and market two SKUs: with 3g and without. $499 and $599 and be done with it.
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    j51 , May 10, 2010 8:57 PM
    "Which would you prefer, WebOS or Android?"

    Android for sure!
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    azcoyote , May 10, 2010 9:12 PM
    In order of preference...

    Win 7, Android, WebOS
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    dman3k , May 10, 2010 9:17 PM
    WebOS is the best mobile operating system. It's just sad that Palm wouldn't license the OS.

    Android still has a lot to catch up to WebOS.

    But just how many devices will have WebOS? Android wins.
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    hp79 , May 10, 2010 9:22 PM
    I'd like to see Win7 and WebOS dual boot. Win7 isn't really good for a slate style tablet. I have a thinkpad x61t, and I still feel finger inputs for Win7 are crummy at best. It is excellent with a digitizer for taking class notes.
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2010 9:32 PM
    HP isn't very good at thinking. They had the choice between an also-ran OS that destroyed the company that created it and a free, open source OS that's on the verge of market dominance. Oh, and the first one cost a billion dollars and the second one is free.

    Why in the WORLD would they choose WebOS over Android? HP has people working on Debian, so I don't think it's like they're hostile to open source...
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    JohnnyLucky , May 10, 2010 9:34 PM
    Android.
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    eddieroolz , May 10, 2010 9:34 PM
    Interesting! webOS would be much more suited for tablet form, but it will also limit its expansibility. I think I still want Windows 7, though.
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    industrial_zman , May 10, 2010 10:12 PM
    Where is all this negativity coming from people? HP is a HUGE supporter of open source software. Goto http://www.kernel.org and you will see HP is a proud sponsor of the Linux Kernel. The WebOS platform is another Linux distro created by Palm. The fact they want to show off their new acquisitions off so soon maybe a bit premature, however it shows that they are not planning on letting the IP just set on the shelf collecting dust. WebOS as well as Android (or ChromeOS) both show promise of being ported to platforms and formats to ditch the concepts of what we know as a modern operating system.

    For the commenter who blames the WebOS for the downfall of Palm, this isn't true. WebOS was Palm's best chance of surviving. The lack of new and innovative products in many years is Palm's undoing. Sitting on IP like BeOS instead of using it, is Palm's undoing. Not keeping up with the Jones (aka RIM, Windows Mobile, Linux, ect) is Palm's undoing. WebOS was a great idea, just a little late to the market to compete.

    Most likely you will NEVER see a version of the "Hurricane" with Windows 7. From my grapevine, the "Hurricane" platform will be ARM based to compete with MSI and Asus's offerings of tablets. There was talk in the shop about another netbook concept similar to the TX1200 and TM12 series notebooks running the latest Atoms with Optimus coming from HP.
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    joytech22 , May 10, 2010 10:16 PM
    All three are good operating systems, Windows 7 is more compatible with desktop applications, Android has a VERY fast growing market and Palm's WebOS should do okay if they market enough devices, but to me there are just too many choices to make and so many devices to buy, making a choice is hard to do.
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    kelemvor4 , May 10, 2010 10:38 PM
    Don't think I could say which I like since I've never used WebOS, but android is the best I've used on a phone yet (other than the full linux phones that were out a few years ago).
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    bustapr , May 10, 2010 10:39 PM
    Actually Id more rather like to see ubuntu netbook remix in a tablet. Its the perfect OS for netbooks. And a tablet wouldnt be much different from a netbook. UNR is just cool.

    But out of the 2 OSs at subject, I like them both the same.
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2010 10:46 PM
    I like them both. I had a Palm Pre and loved the WebOS, sadly the Pre hardware was shoddy and I eventually switched to an HTC running Android/SenseUI. They are both very versatile. I love the multi-program running ability of WebOS, yet I also like the multiple screen workability of Android. I could honestly go either way, and if HP makes a piece of reliable hardware I would certainly pick up one over the iPad *snicker*.
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    DaJebus , May 10, 2010 11:43 PM
    Don't judge WebOS based on the Pre or Pixi devices. WebOS I felt when using the Pre was a great OS that was smooth, fast, reliable. The device was the issue. If I could get a "tablet" style computer for $100 minimum less than an iPad at the different capacities and running WiMax? Count me in!
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    itpro , May 10, 2010 11:50 PM
    Why WebOS over Android?

    Perhaps because we are already seeing a backlash against Google for spying.

    Perhaps because HP wanted an in house OS that was not subject to the whims of Google or even MS.

    Perhaps because HP recognizes that in order to go head to head with Apple they would need complete control instead of a generic, me too, one size fits all solution.

    Perhaps because HP has plans that go way beyond just the slate.
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2010 11:53 PM
    Been through Iphone and 3 variations of Android Phones, I now have a Pre Plus and it's the KEEPER!!
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    g-thor , May 11, 2010 12:19 AM
    Since I have an Android based HTC Magic, I would prefer an Android based Hurricane - maybe they could call it Tornado, to differentiate. Just don't sell it to people who live in a trailer park, as it could flatten the whole area.
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    orionantares , May 11, 2010 12:52 AM
    WebOS or Andriod, either is better than Apple's iPhone/iPad OS.
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    alextheblue , May 11, 2010 1:19 AM
    teemochsBeen through Iphone and 3 variations of Android Phones, I now have a Pre Plus and it's the KEEPER!!

    I would have bought one if it had a bigger screen, and if the keys slide out to the side of the phone, for more comfortable typing.
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    kleinmeister , May 11, 2010 2:16 AM
    WebOS is definitely the jewel in HP's acquisition of Palm. Having compared an Android phone (HTC Hero) and the Palm Pre, I definitely prefer the Pre with WebOS. It's gesture-style interface is very intuitive, and its card-based application management is very easy to use and get used to.

    Android isn't bad, but WebOS seems much more polished and responsive.
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