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The HP TouchPad Just Received a New Software Update

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 19 comments

Still alive and kicking... gently.

Believe it or not, but there are still people at HP working on webOS, which is quite amazing given the uncertainty for the future. There's still a lot of love for Palm's mobile operating system, no doubt further kindled now that people so many people are enjoying its genius from the discounted Pre phones and TouchPad tablets.

Released today for TouchPad owners is a fresh version of webOS, updating the outgoing 3.0.2 to the newly released 3.0.4.

Ari Jaaksi, head of webOS services at HP, detailed in his blog some of the new changes:

"We have a big number of TouchPads out there, and we wanted to continue serving users and developers.  We improved performance, added better support for the camera, made connectivity with non-HP phones possible, improved messaging, touched the UI in many places, etc," Jaaksi wrote. "Also, we’ve got over 1000 applications available for TouchPad through Application Catalogue."

The webOS team is also working on making things better for developers.

"We have also continued longer term architectural development for webOS. We are working hard around webKit and V8. Those are core engines for the whole webOS. The Enyo framework and developer tools are getting a lot of attention now," Jaaksi continued. "We have also some very cool development around UI especially in the area of working with many task simultaneously, and using the table screen even more efficiently. The web development model, strong cloud integration, and a fluid and beautiful UI are the cornerstones of webOS."

Long live webOS!

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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 18, 2011 7:05 PM
    Not bad! I'm glad that not everyone gave up on webOS. I have no experience with it whatsoever, but it's sad to see whenever a product gets dropped that quick after release. Way to go, webOS team!
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    kawininjazx , October 18, 2011 7:20 PM
    Next WebOS update, Android Honeycomb?
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    getreal , October 18, 2011 7:30 PM
    I think I am going to drop uberkernel and give this a shot; has anyone tried it out yet?
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    aftcomet , October 18, 2011 7:48 PM
    amk-aka-phantomNot bad! I'm glad that not everyone gave up on webOS. I have no experience with it whatsoever, but it's sad to see whenever a product gets dropped that quick after release. Way to go, webOS team!

    From what I've experienced with my TouchPad, WebOS has a lot of potential, scratch that, HAD potential.
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    back_by_demand , October 18, 2011 7:56 PM
    WebOS is going to become the OS2/Warp of tablets
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    xyster , October 18, 2011 8:11 PM
    i updated and lost my Overclocked kernal. =(
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    tomaz99 , October 18, 2011 8:25 PM
    Sounds cool...makes my 1 week old Touch Pad (ordered Aug 21) that much newer...
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    ap3x , October 18, 2011 10:35 PM
    I have the HP Touchpad and I have to say, WebOS has some potential but there are some very simple things that it should be able to do that it has a hard time doing. Managing documents and being able to open downloaded PDF documents. for some reason it struggles with that. Performance is something else that needs to be worked on and get rid of the loading screens when opening the applications especially applications that should be tightly integrated with the OS.
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    justjc , October 19, 2011 12:18 AM
    KawiNinjaZXNext WebOS update, Android Honeycomb?

    To most webOS users that would be considered a downgrade.
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    shqtth , October 19, 2011 12:26 AM
    I like my touchpad. Fast and zero problems.

    I like watching flash videos over the internet. My fav tv station streams shows on its website ;) 
    In your face ipad.
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    legacy7955 , October 19, 2011 12:46 AM
    Why do I get the feeling that HP is NOT going to discontinue the Touch Pad or Web OS. Gosh just ONCE I'd love for a big corporation today to come right out and admit they made a whopper of a mistake and they are changing their mind. HP would certain have my respect and admiration! Come on HP how about it?

    I constantly find myself rooting for the perennial underdog and HP is it in the corporate world. They would be the miracle of the decade IF they can turn things around and come back strong.
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    g-unit1111 , October 19, 2011 12:48 AM
    Excellent!! I scored a Touchpad in the fire sale and I really like it but it badly needs an OS update, this is excellent news!
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    newsurak , October 19, 2011 2:19 AM
    I don't think it needs an update. I just got mine and turned down logging to minimal. HUGE responsiveness increase. Am playing with UberKernel now....VRRROOOOMMM!!!!
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    SteelCity1981 , October 19, 2011 2:25 AM
    I want to see WebOS as a pc OS option.
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    eddieroolz , October 19, 2011 3:14 AM
    Frankly, I should have picked up my tablet....why did I get so lazy that day...
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    de5_Roy , October 19, 2011 3:46 AM
    Long live webOS!

    i hope it can get modded and oc'ed to the point that it can play crysis.. or at least super street fighter 4 :) 
    hp ight not discontinue touchpad after all. they said they'll discontinue webOS iirc. they didn't say they're gonna back out of tablet business. touchpad might resurface under a new name.
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    unlockstreak , October 19, 2011 4:49 PM
    Go to any store that sells tablets and take a look around. You'll see that Android tablets all look the same or very similiar. But there is ONE tablet that stands out and it isn't an Android. It is my beloved TouchPad!!!!!!! Too bad it isn't locked though because then my Unlocker Software would be of use for that model as well...
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    Dark Comet , October 19, 2011 7:25 PM
    She is not going to stop me updating mine to Andriod when I can. It can be as stable and as fast as it wants to be, its got hardly any apps compared to Andriod so I'll pass.
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    Dark Comet , October 19, 2011 7:25 PM
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