HP likely to reveal webOS netbooks alongside tablets and smartphones

A new video in HP's training centre suggests HP may be preparing to reveal netbooks running their webOS 2.0 operating system at their special event next month.

The video, found on HP's carrier training website and discovered by PreCentral, suggests "in the future" HP's netbooks, tablets and smartphones will be able to communicate with one another, and provides a glimpse at what may be announced next month. Sections on the registered users-only site include "What is webOS?", a number of how-to and demonstration videos and some sales tools and pitches for staff.

"That's hot. Love it. Why can't I do all that stuff on my PC?" one actor in a video found on the site asks. "Maybe you will. That's the big idea," another replies, before saying "today, let's start with the phones. Tomorrow will come soon enough."

Also on the site another presentation shows a screen asking what types of devices webOS will run on, with phones, slates and netbooks the three key options. However, a fourth option "All of the above" is available, prompting speculation netbooks may be announced at HP's invite-only event next month.

The event, which many expect will see a public launch date of the next iteration of their webOS operating system revealed alongside a number of new devices including tablets and smartphones, will be held in the morning on February 9 in San Francisco and will be followed by a developer meeting later in the day to talk about whatever announcements are made.

HP's webOS to run on netbooks? (Image Credit: PreCentral)

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WebOS has lots of potential in the right hands....it's a great mobile OS. I would like to see it go further and compete.....it did at one time have the best comparable GUI to the iphone beating the Blackberry 4.x & 5.x at the time it came on the scene....then android started shaping up and Blackberry also took some design ques.

WebOS = Amazing

Why do you think RIM basically ripped the entire OS for their new BB OS. This isnt some normal fanboy saying oh look apple/microsoft stole an idea, its like a carbon copy. Dont belive me, go look at videos for the bb playbook and then look at videos for webos.

reidtheweed01 said,
WebOS = Amazing

Why do you think RIM basically ripped the entire OS for their new BB OS. This isnt some normal fanboy saying oh look apple/microsoft stole an idea, its like a carbon copy. Dont belive me, go look at videos for the bb playbook and then look at videos for webos.

Very true, I use a overclocked palm pre on sprint and I still enjoy using this phone and await what is in the pipes. It is sad that rim has cabon copied webos with its tablet. Hopefully either HP sends the dogs or just basically says. This is how its really done. Eager to see the tablet on feb 9th.

Killer or not webos may be. Either way its one kick ass operating system for a device. Android is great, apple has apps. But as a wise man once said on the precentral forums.

Palm revolutionized gestures. Period.

Maybe i live in Mars, but i never knew somebody who had a Pre or pre2, i think i remember what when when they first come out it was called the iPhone Killer, cuz of the Multitask, but that was long ago.

blahism said,
not interested

Agreed. I know no one that still have a pre, nor anyone that wants one or knows about them. HP wasted a ton of money.

rrode74 said,

Agreed. I know no one that still have a pre, nor anyone that wants one or knows about them. HP wasted a ton of money.


Pre = their old phone
I know no one that has an Iphone 2g nor wants one, did apple waste their money?

rrode74 said,

Agreed. I know no one that still have a pre, nor anyone that wants one or knows about them. HP wasted a ton of money.

better go look at precentral then. do some research before you bash it. the pre you once knew isn't the same one that's out there now. with the current mods & patches the pre is still a great phone. i mean i could run the thing at 1ghz stable now. not to mention the pre2 is also available.

if a new webos phone comes that has specs even on par with the evo ill be dumping android. rumor has it the new devices will be dual core.