HP webOS-Running Tablet PC’s Name Revealed As “PalmPad” In Patent Application

July 20, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The webOS-based tablet device to be launched by HP, after its acquisition of Palm Inc earlier this year, will be called “PalmPad”, according to a USPTO trademark application filed by the company on July 9.

HP was earlier rumored to be working on a tablet running on the webOS platform, which was then rumored to be called “Hurricane”. However, it is not clear if the PalmPad is a new name for the Hurricane or whether it is a completely different tablet device.

Theoretically, the PalmPad tablet device could become available for sale in stores by the end of this year. However, there has been no confirmation of the release.

Though HP has not officially announced the PalmPad or released specifications and details regarding its webOS plans, the company has said in the past that webOS was the driving force behind its move to acquire Palm Inc. The operating software would allow HP to increase the battery stamina on its tablet as well as reduce the cost of production.

HP has also been said to drop its plans to create tablets running on Microsoft’s Windows 7  and Google’s Android platform.

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