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.