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HP TouchPad gets major webOS update despite device's end

updated 11:55 am EDT, Tue October 18, 2011

webOS 3.0.4 includes support for non-HP phones

WebOS chief Ari Jaaksi said on his blog that an update is available for the HP Touchpad. Among the new features and improvements in version 3.0.4 of webOS are better camera support, connectivity for non-HP phones, improved messaging, and a tweaked UI. The over-the-air update is being applied automatically.

Jaaksi also noted that over 1,000 applications are now available for the TouchPad through the App Catalog.

Jaaski said the development team is still working on "longer term" projects regarding WebKit and V8, the core of the OS. He also said the Enyo framework, developer tools, and the UI are still being improved upon, leaving open the possibility of yet another update at an unspecified point in the future for the stranded operating system.

The update is the first since HP formally shuttered its webOS hardware plans. HP has promised to keep up support, but what that involved wasn't clear until Tuesday.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MacAssemble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Humble pie

    They ate their humble pie and moved on, by continuing support for the now popular Touchpad. Good for them.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HP is such a dumpster fire

    What company has pulled as many bonehead moves as HP has pulled in the last few years? HP's board must be following the "management by throwing darts over your shoulder" philosophy.

    It's one thing for a product to not do well due to mismanagement (remember the HP iPod?) But when the company's future seems to be in jeopardy due to mismanagement, it's time for massive changes. At the top. And that means the board.

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