HP TouchPad now being lined up for an OTA update?

HP TouchPad now being lined up for an OTA update?The HP TouchPad seems stuck in a world of contradictions right now. HP has pretty much said it has no future, and so thanks to a drastically reduced price it's selling like hotcakes.

And consistent with a device that has no future, HP is now promising an over-the-air update to enhance webOS and add new functions and apps for users of the doomed tablet to enjoy.

Now we'll be the first to agree that none of that makes a whole lot of sense. But it comes from an HP spokesperson in the US, who was responding to a CNET email query.

To quote directly: “We expect that HP TouchPad owners can look forward to an over-the-air update that will enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog.”

The uptake in activity surrounding TouchPad software functions and the app ecosystem can at least be explained by the higher-than-expected sales resulting from massive price cuts that have seen the TouchPad available for less than £100 since HP announced it was pulling the plug on the OS earlier this month.

But keep that last fact in your mind while you read the following (from the same spokesperson): “HP is fully committed to the ongoing support and service of customers who purchased webOS devices. We plan to continue to investigate the best ways to leverage webOS software and grow the applications.”

It's not just us feeling a bit confused here, is it?

Oh, and while we're on the subject, another rumour that we came across today is that HP is in fact looking to sell webOS... to Samsung. At this point, nothing would surprise us.

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darkspark88  Aug. 30, 2011 at 19:56

Basically all HP has said is that it will be discontinuing the HP touchpad HARDWARE. They as of yet have no reason to pull the plug on WebOS particularly if there are opportunities to license it to hardware manufacturers. Think of it as the Nexus One was to Android.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:19

Darkspark, I hope you're right, the TouchPad turning into HP's plaything for updates and new OS versions (like the Nexus One you mentioned), would be fantastic, especially if the Android developers can get Android dual booting with WebOS, it could just become the best £89 people have ever spent on a piece of technology :D.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:30

I'm more and more "certain" HP played a nice, calculated trick... The whole "we ditch webOS" yada yada was such a genius move PR wise. If it wasn't planned, it should have been.
webOS deserves a lot of love.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:49

I'm pretty sure they were "faking it", for want of a better phrase, when they said they were ditching all their hardware and webOS....I just can't see what their long term plan is, usually companies are pretty easy to second guess, HP seem to be doing a good job of keeping everyone confused...Go HP I say :p! Oh and Jan, yes, I agree, webOS deserves a lot of love, it's got so much potential, the whole card multitasking is fantastic, much better than any other mobile OS.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:57

Yes, multitasking is a real, REAL pleasure. The N900 was the king of real multitasking, but the sheer beauty with which webOS comes...that alone demands its "survival" (I love when you scroll through a long list, then quickly minimise, and you can see the list continues scrolling in card view :D )

Stelph  Aug. 30, 2011 at 22:12

Reading atories about the HP Touchpad are so bittersweet, great to read its still alive and kicking, gutted as i really really wanted one and was disappointed :-(

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 22:58

stelph,
hp announced today they are making one last (?) batch.
I also have it on good authority that Argos, amongst others, expect new stock soon.
Caveat: the new promised batches may not be quite as cheap. HP say, retailers will be free to charge more...whatever that means. Argos Ireland have scrapped the 16GB touchpad from their online catalogue, but the 32GB is still there at €145 - a bargain.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 23:20

130 GBP, for a 32gb touchpad in Ireland? That's a bit more than here in England but still a bloody bargain :D. Are they actually in stock do you know Jan?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 23:39

Not in my town, matt, but I checked earlier and some stores still have some. And the store in my town is def'ly expecting more. As to the price - Ireland...pffft... rip-off central. Everything is more expensive here.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 31, 2011 at 00:02

People here in England are literally desperate for one, eBay is barely dropping below £200...not sure why people are paying so much, I think they've forgotten the only reason they wanted one is because it was cheap...do Argos.ie ship to England :)? I thought Britain was ripped off for tech. Ireland sounds even worse :O.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 31, 2011 at 07:03

No, argos.ie don't ship to uk. Aparr from bulk they don't ship at all... "we're not feckin' Amazon" is their unofficial (though redundant) slogan...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 31, 2011 at 11:02

That's weird, Argos UK will home deliver pretty much anything they sell, in fact some of their stuff is home delivery only. They are pretty much Amazon, with the option to buy in-store if you want to, in the UK.

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