HP planning a new Android tablet? Good luck with that

Is HP about to attempt another comeback in the mobile market? Reports suggest that the company is working on an Android tablet. Sounds good but the Android market is a tough one to crack unless your name is Samsung.

Apple reportedly pays $5 million to settle touch patent case

At least one of Apple’s patent disputes has come to and end on Thursday, according to the other party in the case. Elan Microelectronics Corp has settled with the Mac maker, the Taiwanese company said, in a deal that involves a $5 million payout from Apple.

WebOS lives! HP decides to open source the platform

After on-again, off-again news about the webOS mobile platform, HP has made a final decision: WebOS will be offered to the open source community. HP will still be involved to help platform progression, but it’s not clear if any HP hardware will ever run webOS again.

Why not even a $199 PlayBook tablet will help RIM

Holiday shoppers seeking a tablet bargain have another option: Research In Motion has slashed the starting price of its BlackBerry PlayBook line by $300, meaning it’s only $199 for the 16 GB version. But more PlayBook sales could actually be worse for RIM. Here’s why.

HP’s quarter afflicted by webOS fallout, weak services mix

Hewlett-Packard continues to struggle with fallout from the decision to nix its webOS-based tablets, a less-than-stellar mix of IT services, and its newly completed acquisition of Autonomy. The question is how long those reverberations will impact the company’s profitability and growth prospects.

HP dithering puts it behind the eight ball in mobility

Hewlett-Packard, the world’s biggest PC maker, has cycled through a flurry of client device strategies in the past year. Those changes, including the discontinuation of the TouchPad, bred confusion not only about HP’s hardware roadmap but also about its ability to drive future cloud services.

HP considering webOS fire sale

You sort of knew this was coming: Reuters reports that Hewlett-Packard is looking to unload webOS, the mobile operating system it got when it bought Palm last year, for hundreds of millions of dollars, and far below the $1.2 billion it paid just 18 months ago.