Rumor Mill: HP to hold Veer launch party May 2

Hewlett-Packard will hold a launch party for its webOS-based Veer smartphone May 2, according to the blog PreCentral. The blog also said AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will host an online Webinar to discuss the latest version of the webOS platform May 12.

Click here for the details on the HP Veer

Click here for details on the HP Veer.

The blog, citing an invitation it said it found online, said the Veer event will be held in Anaheim, Calif. The blog said the invitation promised a three-hour event with "hands-on training, exciting demos and HP giveaways."

As for the AT&T event, the blog said it will be led by Josh Marinacci, from Palm's developer relations team.

An HP spokesman, Alex Hunter, said the company is not holding a launch party for the Veer and did not know what the invitation was referring to. An AT&T spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

HP has not said specifically when it will launch the Veer, or its other newest smartphone, the Pre3. The Veer sports a 2.6-inch screen, making it smaller than a credit card. The phone has tri-band UMTS and quad-band GSM/EDGE support, an 800 MHZ Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and 8 GB of storage.

In March, HP CEO Leo Apotheker said HP wants to scale up the webOS ecosystem by shipping 100 million webOS-enabled products per year, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and printers. The HP chief said the company still considers Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) "a great partner," but that once HP's TouchPad tablet is launched in June, there will be "wave after wave of technology coming out to support webOS."

For more:
- see these two separate PreCentral posts
- see this HP-Palm blog post

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Article updated April 18 with comment from HP.