HP isn’t a common name in the tablet segment, although the company has a few devices in the market today. These tablets however are mostly midrangers, catering to the budget segment. However, the company has now revealed its high end productivity oriented device known as the Pro Slate 12.
HP has been making some increasingly better tablets of late, sporting both Windows and Android operating systems, as to provide consumers with more options.
Oh how I remember dropping by my local CompUSA in the 90s to buy the first Palm Pilot. Now after the brand (and WebOS) has been killed by HP, it just might be coming back from the dead.
It appears Alcatel Onetouch has bought the Palm trademarks from HP by means of a shell corporation called Wide Progress Global Limited. The transfer of the trademarks was signed by the President of the Americas and Pacific of Alcatel Onetouch.
If you cast your mind back to September, you may remember that HP released a series of new 11- and 14-inch Chromebooks — all featuring Nvidia’s latest Tegra K1 processor. At the time, the company promised customers that a touchscreen model with a full-HD display would arrive in the coming months, and today we’re seeing the introduction of the new Chromebook 14-x050nr on HP’s online store.
On the same day that it splits from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, HP is launching a new tablet. The HP 10 Plus is already available through select retailers for $279. At the price, you get quality hardware with what seems to be Android 4.4.2 untouched. There are no signs that HP messed around with the user interface.
This fall, HP will be releasing two new Chromebooks that are actually updates to models they already offer in 11-inch and 14-inch sizes. Both refreshed models will feature new processors and color options to set it apart from the competition. While the internal storage for both Chromebooks is not very much, owners will receive an additional 100GB of Google Drive space. Both also feature 1366×768 displays.
Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.
The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner.
As we watch more and more companies jump on the smartwatch bandwagon, a group that may be worth keeping an eye on are designers and watchmakers. Most of the smartwatches that we have seen coming from technology companies have been long on function and short on form despite everyone seeing them as a pseudo-fashion accessory. That will start to change though as seen in a new move by HP to produce a luxury smartwatch. In partnership with retailer Gilt, HP managed to lure designer Michael Bastian to a team that is working on a smartwatch that resembles a classic analog watch in terms of style.
One of Microsoft’s biggest threats has been Google’s Chromebook line. Chromebooks have been relatively cheap and functional, primarily using the Chrome web browser for “apps.” Since Google doesn’t charge high licensing fees for Chrome OS, and they’ve marketed the simplicity and virus-immunity heavily against traditional Windows laptops, Chromebooks have been steadily eating Microsoft’s laptop market share from the bottom up.
The HP 7 Plus is a budget tablet in every sense, and it’s finally going to be available in the US. Originally available only in Europe, the 7 Plus is only $100 and comes with a quad-core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, and up to 5.5 hours of battery life. Other specs include a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage + microSD card slot, a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3Mp front-facing camera.
In addition, HP throws in n 25GB of free lifetime storage with Box and Kingsoft Office software. It’s definitely an amazing deal for such a tablet. You can purchase the tablet via the source link below.