HP bought webOS from Palm with the intention of competing with iOS and Android. Unfortunately, the plan never really worked out. The most popular webOS device was the Touchpad tablet, which failed miserably. HP was forced to drop the price to $99 as a way to empty the inventory. It appears that the PC manufacturer did have a plan for different webOS smartphone after the Veer and Pre 3. The phone was called WindsorNot and its image has been leaked recently.
The phone was named after the Windsor, a previously cancelled handset. The WindsorNot was planned to arrive in late 2011, months after the release of the Pre 3. Visually and internally, the phone is similar to the Pre 3, except for the use of webOS 3.x and larger 4” display. Unfortunately, the webOS 3.x was simply a shrunken down version of the software used by the Touchpad tablet. The WindsorNot was scrapped as HP didn’t have enough resources to develop everything it has in the pipeline.
HP have published a paper a few days ago describing the possibility of delivering 3D technology without requiring users to wear special glasses. Obviously, the concept is not new in the industry, previously HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus 3D featured glass-free 3D panels. Unfortunately, more sensitive users have complained of suffering headaches and after a short-lived excitement, it seemed that the whole 3D craze died off quickly. The technology only has a decent success in the mobile console market in the form of Nintendo 3DS.
So, what’s the big deal? HP promises that their 3D innovation eliminates discomforts that some people may be getting when using current glass-less 3D panels. Previously, users need to stare hard to see 3D images and both the psychological and physical strains cause pounding headaches after a while.
HP researchers employ nanotechnology methods to etch multiple circles into the glass, which is filled with tiny groves. Light passed through the glass is bent into 64 different points of view. The right and left eyes can catch one point of view each, until up to 45-degree viewing angle, allowing users to see 3D images effortlessly.
HP CEO, Meg Whitman, revealed during an interview that her company is planning for a return into the smartphone business. The company seems to take detour in this business and they need to get it right this time. HP’s tablet, the TouchPad was a definite sales flop and the company had unceremoniously dumped its brand name, Palm. Quickly afterwards, HP announced it was giving up selling tablets and smartphones running a proprietary operating system, the webOS.
But apparently, Whitman wasn’t ready to pull the plug on HP’s tablets and smartphones yet. That was what Leo Apotheker wanted and after spending one year on top position, she wants to steer the firm back into mobile business, because handheld devices will eventually become the prime growth factor in the computing world. In some parts of the world, smartphones are already primary computing devices. HP is a computing company and it surely doesn’t want to miss the opportunity.