HP releases webOS 3.0.4 update for TouchPad

Despite an uncertain future HP has released a new update for its TouchPad tablet. The update brings UI tweaks, performance improvements and other upgrades

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HP releases webOS 3.0.4 update for TouchPad The new update addresses a number of issues with HP's discontinued tablet device
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  October 19, 2011

Despite being discontinued and therefore having an unclear future, HP has announced a new update for its webOS-based TouchPad tablet.

The update (3.0.4) boasts a new camera application and allows the tablet to be paired with non-webOS based smartphones. When HP first launched its TouchPad, it shipped without a camera app and with regards to the second feature, using simple Bluetooth pairing will now allow users to connect to any smartphone. The fact that the TouchPad could previously only be paired with webOS smartphones was a feature that received bittersweet comments from the world's technology media given that there aren't as many webOS smartphones in circulation.

The update is also said to include performance improvements and tweaks to the user interface, both of which were concerns noted by reviewers who tested the TouchPad when it was first launched.

The TouchPad was first introduced in the United States on July 1 and rolled out to other markets around the world shortly after. The tablet could be had with 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage and retailed for US $499 and $599 respectively. The tablet received mixed reviews at launch and a little under seven weeks after the official launch, HP announced that it would discontinue all hardware devices running webOS on August 18.

The TouchPad stock already in circulation then received substantial price reductions to help clear inventory.

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