HP's Not-Quite-Dead TouchPad Gets WebOS Update

Brad Chacos

“I’m not dead!” It’s one of our favorite quotes in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” We don’t picture TouchPad owners shouting that from the rooftops, though. HP basically called the tablet (along with WebOS) dead in the water and tossed it on the shelves at $99 to clear inventory; after a fire sale like that, you can’t expect much ongoing support. But surprise, surprise! TouchPad owners aren’t quite dead to HP yet. The company has just released a WebOS update for the tablet.

The over-the-air update brings several new features and improvements to the TouchPad. According to the HP Palm blog , you’ll find the following after installing WebOS 3.0.4:

  • A new Camera app for photos and video
  • The ability to pair non-webOS phones to your TouchPad, so you can answer calls on your TouchPad. Pairing with non-webOS Bluetooth keyboards has also been streamlined
  • Support for OGG Vorbis music files
  • Online/offline messaging status support

Jon Zilber, HP/Palm’s Director of Online Communications writes, says, “You'll also experience better performance, user interface improvements, and other enhancements such as support for accelerometer events in Adobe Flash Player, and more robust Skype video calling.”

There’s no reason not to check the free update out now if you’re a TouchPad owner.

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