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HP to launch the Veer – the tiny smartphone that could

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It is rumored that HP will launch their new phone “Veer” at a launch party on May 2 for retailers. HP acquired Palm last year and appear to have a faster, more powerful version of the Palm Pre set to be released next month.

The HP Veer uses the HP operating system which uses cards (squares that allow for multitasking by flipping “cards” around or off of the screen or opening them to use them), “just type” which offers app functionality when you start typing (just like on your smartphone when you start typing a name in contacts and it offers options as you type).

It has threaded integrated messaging and push notifications. The Veer charges wirelessly which is pretty cool.

Full technical specs:

Color

Black

Operating system

HP webOS

Network specs3

HSDPA 7.2/HSUPA 5.76
Quad-band GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
GSM/GPRS/EDGE

Display

2.6-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 320×400 resolution

Keyboard

Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard

Email4

Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft
Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)

Messaging5

Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS

GPS6

Built-in GPS (A-GPS)

Digital camera

5-megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture

Audio

Speakerphone; dual-mic for noise cancellation for quieter calls.

Sensors

Accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity

Media formats supported

Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Wireless connectivity7

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication; Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support; Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.

Memory8

8GB (~6.5GB available)
USB mass storage support

Battery9

910 mAh (non-removable); up to 5.0 hours of talk time or 300 hours of standby time.

Connector

Charger/magnetic connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

Magnetic connector with 3.5mm stereo headset adapter included

HP Touchstone10

Compatible

Processor

Qualcomm MSM7230, 800Mhz

Dimensions

Width: 54.5mm (2.15 inches)
Height: 84.0mm (3.31 inches)
Thickness: 15.1mm (0.59 inches)

Weight

103 grams (3.63 ounces)

We’ve become accustomed to our giant EVOs, so even though we haven’t gotten to physically review the Veer, we doubt this our cup of tea, but many would much prefer a powerful but small smartphone. What do YOU think of the Veer?

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  1. Roland Estrada

    April 19, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Good luck with that HP. It's more of a feature phone. Microsoft failed with the Kin – a lesson to be learned.

    Palm failed because they had crappy hardware despite a promising OS. HP needs to offer a quality piece of hardware sans physical keyboard which is legacy tech. It's time to move on. PS. If HP can't offer a scratch resistant glass touch screen – forget it , I'm looking elsewhere.

    To be fair, WebOS is the most promising Tablet OS out there. If they can get traction with developers, HP will have a legitimate contender to Apples iOS.

    • James Malanowski

      April 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      How is this a feature phone? It's got the full webOS loaded into a small form-factor more powerful than many other smartphones on the market. The Kin is not even in the same ballpark.

      The pre has had Gorilla Glass screens since the pre 2, I believe. The Veer and the Pre 3, and possibly even the Touch Pad will have Gorilla Glass screens.

  2. James Malanowski

    April 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I've had the Palm pre since it's launch day and I love it. The OS is awesome. I'm looking forward to playing with the new hardware. I just hope that Sprint will pick up some of the new stuff coming this year. Phones like the Evo are nice, but not very pocketable … The pre and now the Veer are powerful and practical.

    The Veer's screen is a bit too small for me, but it's perfect for my wife who's still using her old Treo but really likes the smaller form factor and I'm drooling over the Pre 3 which should be out in the Fall.

    You slab-lovers can have 'em … My fat fingers don't do well with an on-screen keyboard, and the horizontal slider sucks for one-handed operation. The portrait slider with the full physical keyboard is a must for me personally.

    Here's an old-school Palm fan rooting for HP to do good things with this platform!

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LG G Flex will have a curved display: why it even matters

The LG G Flex is exciting as it is curved, but there are much deeper implications of this announcement that your company should take note of before your competitors do.

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LG G Flex to feature curved display

You may have heard that Samsung will launch a smartphone with a curved display (although they’ve so far fallen short on their plans to produce their smartphone prototype that is completely flexible), but did you know that LG is hot on their heels, with rumors of the LG G Flex launching this November?

As depicted above, what is believed to be called the LG G Flex is similar to a standard smartphone in shape, with just a slight curve, using plastic OLED screen technology

CNET reports that sources close to the project say the G Flex will have a six-inch display and November is the projected unveiling, but that could always be pushed back (although to be in time for the holiday shopping season, we suspect it will be a November launch).

Samsung will likely unveil their curved display phone this month, and there are rumors that the Galaxy Note 3 could feature a curved display as well.

Curved does not equal flexible

So why develop a curved display? Analysts point to the device actually fitting around your face naturally for making calls, and others note that it fits in a rear pocket more comfortably with a curve.

Curved does not equal flexibility, though, as the devices are still stationary, but the reason the LG G Flex being curved matters to you is that mass production of this type of technology is the precursor to what’s coming next – flexible devices.

Looking into a crystal ball

LG already introduced a curved 55-inch OLED tv panel, and was first to the finish line with the ability to mass produce fully flexible plastic screens, announced last year with their electronic paper display (EPD) product, sold overseas.

The LG EPD is not just flexible, allowing the screen to bend up to 40 degrees from its center, it is a 6 inch, 1024 x 768 e-ink plastic screen. The technology used mimics the way traditional ink appears on paper, which many prefer over the backlit flat panel displays of tablets and computers. The EPD is only 0.7mm thick, weighs 14 grams (that’s 1/33 of a pound) and is said to be scratch resistant when dropped.

Flexibility is next, and it is relevant for your brand not just for the novelty of having a flexible device, but because the way people interact with your website or app could be changing sooner than you might suspect.

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iPhone 6 concepts beginning to emerge

With all the hub-bub about iOS 7 and iPhone 5, several iPhone 6 concepts have emerged. The most prominent feature is the wrap around screen.

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Looking into the future

Whether you are an Android lover or an Apple fanatic, people love to fantasize about what the newest phone release will bring, from hologram keyboards, an added projector, and so forth. As for the iPhone 6, the most common feature designers and fans think it will have is the wrap around screen. AGBeat has featured this concept several times, and while it has yet to become reality, there seems to be high hope for the iPhone 6 release.

Dribble users have designed and shared several concept models, all of which have the wrap around screen, also known as the infinity screen. This design allows a more engaged user experience, by removing the side casing. The sides have a flat, touch-responsive volume control and a much thinner design overall. And some additional revisions (based upon Cladio Guglieri’s original) have included wifi, Bluetooth, do not disturb, airplane mode, and rotation lock icons, right on the side.

These additions give you instant access to your most used controls, without the need to tap through to gain access to the settings screen. Also, with the extra features, the opposite side of the phone shows your message status, emails, and music controls. DeviantArt also has multiple postings of the infinity screen design. This is absolutely amazing to me because there is so much information in such a limited amount of space. The thickness of the phone in the concept states 0.30 inches; it is really hard to believe an email icon can fit and be legible, but it does.

Other futuristic possibilities

There are also several versions that include aluminum plus carbon fiber casing, in many different variations. Although most still remove the edges from the iPhone 5 design. Behance users have also created several examples of this design concept. With touch sensors wrapping the display edge, concept designers believe no borders means nothing between your hands and the display. And they hope accidental gestures can be prevented with the sensors, although this is just a concept. You certainly would not want to pick the phone up to answer a call from your boss and accidentally start your iTunes playlist.

The only problem I see with this beautiful design is protecting the edges, despite designers touting the durability of the new technologies. As someone who frequently drops their phone, and attempts to keep it safe by using a protective case, I wonder how you can utilize the edges, but still keep the phone safe. Also, I would be interested to see, how often holding the phone triggers the side sensors. Otherwise, I think the wrap around design is both beautifully functional and a long overdue, welcome feature.

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Contacts+ app adds productivity to any Android

Android users: Contacts+ is a great new way to manage your contacts, making a potentially frustrating process simple and streamlined, adding productivity to your phone.

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Contacts+ is more than a contact manager

Contacts+ is more than just a contact manager though, it is also a dialer app and combines photos with information from all your connected services: WhatsApp, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Contacts+ is a welcome alternative to the Andriod favorite Smartr. Since Smartr was recently acquired by Yahoo!, Contacts+ could not have come at a better time.

You can send free and regular messages without switching apps, sync pictures to your contacts, including cover photos, from Facebook and get birthday reminders.

How the app works

With optimization for both Android phone and tablets, you have the ability to sort your contacts in a variety of ways without worrying if you will be able to see all the data. You can sort by groups, favorites, smart contact (prioritization by frequency or A-Z), and search message history of your contact from one place. If you happen to have the same contact in your phone more than once, Contacts+ will sync them together to save you any confusion.

One tap opens a contact card, and then you can tap again to make calls or email them. Once the contact card is open, you can also catch up on their social media life. Leo from Contacts+ writes, “they have a sync process with Facebook and Google+, essentially users connect their accounts (authentication is performed securely through the respective service) and once an account is connected, Contacts+ links and syncs contacts based on unique identifiable information, enabling them to automatically connect your contacts and their identities.”.

New features have been added

The newest features include high res picture sync, a new black theme, T9 search in the call log, Dialer+ shortcut that can be opened over your call log/contacts screen, the ability to call back directly from the incoming message pop up and ignore accents improvements.

The only drawback is that some of the “sorting” features are a bit harder to find. You will need to tap through a couple of different options to find the ability to sort by last name, for example. But, once you get used to it, it really is a nice way to manage your contacts. Contacts+ is free in the Google Play store.

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