HP Wednesday unveiled the first tablet device with the webOS operating system, the HP TouchPad. The 9.7-inch tablet was announced at a special event along with a pair of new smartphones.
The TouchPad will run Flash as well as thousands of apps. a Kindle application has already been announced for the device. It will arrive in the summer with price and carrier to be announced.
The smartphones announced include the third version of the Palm Pre, known as the HP Pre3, and the HP Veer, which includes a slide-out keyboard. The Pre3 will arrive in the summer and Veer in late spring.
HP also announced that webOS-based computers are on the horizon.
“Today we’re embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available,” Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP, said as part of the announcement. “The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world.”
HP acquired the webOS platform when it purchased Palm, Inc., last year. The new products are branded HP.