Hewlett-Packard unveils rival to iPad with webOS

08:48, February 11, 2011      

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US computer powerhouse Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday unveiled a TouchPad tablet computer as its entry in a booming market dominated by Apple's iPad.

HP Senior Vice President Jon Rubinstein, who was part of the Apple team that brought the world the iPod, unveiled the TouchPad to applause in a pavilion on the San Francisco shoreline within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge.

"TouchPad is more than just a pretty face," Rubinstein said as he caressed one on stage. "The TouchPad is all about you; how you work, play, and connect with the things you value most."

The TouchPad will be the first tablet in a family of products based on a webOS software platform Palm began building from the ground up about five years ago.

HP last year purchased Palm in a roughly $1.2-billion deal in what analysts believe was a move to get its hands on the platform that could make it a player in the fast-growing market for smartphones and tablet computers.

The TouchPad is likely to win over application developers because it should be easy to convert software crafted for iPads for it and HP will allow freedom when it comes to making money from "apps."

Source: Global Times/Agencies

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