Last year around this time, it was reported that Palm was looking to sell their company. With a rich history in mobile technology and a war chest of patents, the company attracted a number of suitors. The crown jewel in the transaction was Palm’s webOS operating system. Announced in early 2009, webOS has yet to gain traction needed to compete with the likes of Android and iOS. Most pundits agreed that while Palm had developed an excellent mobile OS, they didn’t have the scale needed to compete with companies like Apple and Google. In July of 2011, Palm was purchased by HP. Immediately following the purchase, the company indicated their plans to scale webOS on everything from smartphones to printers. Just a year after the purchase of Palm, HP is beginning to release products with HP webOS. The most critical launch is the HP Pre 3 and the HP TouchPad, both slated for a summer release. The HP Pre 3 is not the first webOS phone from Hewlett Packard. That distinction belongs to the smaller HP Veer. Make no mistake, the HP Pre 3 is by far the most important smartphone release for HP. The latest iteration of Pre series addresses many of the issues that plagued previous generation hardware. The Pre 3 features a much larger 480 x 800 display, making it competitive with other smartphones. The manufacturer has also made significant changes to the hardware. Outfitted with a 1.4Ghz Qualcomm processor, the Pre 3 should provide users with a robust mobile computing experience. Other improvements include a front-facing camera that allows for video chat similar to Apple’s Facetime technology. Internally, the HP Pre 3 boasts 512GB of RAM and 16GB of memory storage. The memory is easily accessory by mounting the Pre 3 as a USB mass storage device. The larger capacity memory allows for the device to be used as a personal media player. Audio quality has also been improved with support for Beats audio. The distinguishing feature of Palm and now HP phones is certainly webOS. The HP Pre 3 will ship with version 2.2 of webOS. The key feature that made webOS so popular are included. With the use of cards is still by far the best implementation multitasking on any mobile device. Similarly, the non-intrusive notification system is both powerful and works seamlessly with other software. The new update also includes “just type”, a feature that allows users to search their phone or the Internet by simply typing. Regardless of how great webOS is perceived by users and the tech media, HP needs a hardware success story. Simply put, they need to sell more phones and tablets. Being the best doesn’t always mean you’ll succeed. Success for HP will be increased sales of the HP Pre 3 and their HP TouchPad tablet. HP gambled when they purchased Palm in 2011. It has taken a year for the company to deliver webOS products. With improved hardware and the marketing muscle of a multi-national company, this might be the year that webOS competes with the likes of iOS and Android.