As per the latest Tablet PC news, HP has filed a trademark for the name ‘Palmpad,’fueling rumors of the upcoming tablet PC that HP said it is making based on the WebOS mobile operating system after acquiring the Palm company may be so named.
A tablet from HP is long overdue. They have been flashing a tablet right from the CES held in January this year when it was touted to be based on the Windows 7 operating system. As they say, a lot of water has flows under the bridge since then so that in the meantime, HP has gone on to acquire Palm company. With that the rumor mills suddenly became abuzz with news that the WebOS that has been specifically designed for use in mobile devices may be a better choice than the Windows 7 OS which is said to be too demanding on battery and the processor and is one that has not be designed for tablet or other mobile devices specifically.
An Android powered tablet too had come into the scene somewhere in between though there have been news of it having been scrapped. However, a tablet from HP with Windows 7 as the operating system refuses to die and received a fresh lease of life just recently when Steve Ballmer had mention of such a device from HP in his keynote address at the recently concluded Worldwide Partners Conference.
Interestingly, it was the name ‘Hurricane‘ that was believed to be what the upcoming tablet from HP was likely to be called though the name ‘PalmPad’ surely won’t be a misfit.
However, what also has to be kept in mind that there has been no official confirmation from HP if PalmPad is indeed their next tablet pc. All that the trademark application tells us is that HP will be using the term PalmPad in the context of “Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices.” There isn’t any specific mention of ‘Tablet‘ in that list though its the term ‘Pad’ present in the name ‘PalmPad’ that makes us think its all the harbinger of an exciting tablet device. The company that can be credited to have made the term ‘Pad’ almost synonymous with tablet is Apple with their current hot favorite tablet PC, the iPad.
So those who have been waiting for a tablet device from HP, this should be good news as this can be an indication of at least some steps being taken in the right direction. The next thing that everyone will be looking forward to will be perhaps a tentative launch window along with the features of the PalmPad.