Yesterday HP had their big coming out event after they acquired Palm Inc. last year. I'm not easily impressed, but I'm very impressed what they are doing. They introduced a nice mobile line-up, with the TouchPad being their WwebOS based tablet which obviously is the device that interests us most.
We're very proud that HP spent a couple of minutes on stage showcasing 3 WoodWing Apps on the TouchPad, all Time Inc. titles: People, Sports Illustrated and TIME.
Let me explain what some of the aspects that make me very impressed about HP's new webOS line-up.
Obviously the devices are nicely design and built, but the integration between the device is great. Just touch your phone against the tablet to get the same web-page shown or the ability to take your phone's call from your TouchPad. Other nice innovations are wireless charging on all models.
Next there is the ecosystem of a curated App Catalog including support for in-App purchases and subscriptions. This is simply the right way to do it.
And lastly we have webOS which is the thing that has impressed me most. While working with HP on our wWebOS Apps over the past period I fully agree with Engadget's statement: "WebOS 2.0 is probably neck and neck with iOS4 when it comes to polish and ease of use .... This isn't just a good OS, it's a great OS".
Apart from the usability I'm very impressed and happy that it's based on standard web technology, so HTML5 Apps are native for webOS. I believe almost the complete industry by now agrees that HTML5 is the future, which means this is a great OS for now and the future.
HP well done and thanks for the great cooperation so far!