HP webOS Update: "Now Your TouchPad is Even More Like Nothing Else"
August 2, 2011 10:37 AM
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HP continues to struggle to find its way in the market, despite a small contingent of loyal fans
Hewlett-Packard, Comp. (
) is struggling, to put it mildly, in the mobile device sector. Its latest efforts to revive the dying Palm brand have been met with largely public apathy and have posted abysmal sales. Similarly, HP's
webOS tablet, the TouchPad,
received lukewarm reviews
and managed to gain
less than 1 percent of the total market
according to recent statistics. HP is looking now to
license its webOS operating system
to rival manufacturers in a last ditch bid to stay relevant.
Now HP has released the second update to webOS 3, release 3.0.2. The newest iteration of the OS contains a number of small updates which should make the user interface on the TouchPad feel a bit more usable and responsive. Among the highlights are:
The Email app offers faster scrolling and improved image rendering, as well as improved management of multiple emails in Draft and Outbox views
You can now set your wallpaper from photos in the Photos app
In the Calendar app, you'll notice improvements in layout, searching for events with Just Type, and more
Can't live without "can't"? You'll appreciate enhancements in autocorrection of contractions.
A full list of improvements is available
In a cringe-worthy example of marketing speak HP
[press release] that with the update, "Now your TouchPad is even more like nothing else."
Perhaps that wasn't the best choice of words when one of the main criticisms of the TouchPad is the buggy interface and lack of apps.
Of course, HP did inherit Palm's small contingent of loyal fans, many of whom bought TouchPads. For example, on HP's blog, "RussK" cheered, "Great work guys. Keep it up. Thank you for providing a great alternative to the Apple, google, and, in the future, Amazon environment; I like the usability freedom HP and webOS continues to provide."
For these users, the update may be music to their ears. For the rest of the tablet community it's just a humorous footnote.
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RE: Touchpad is great!
8/3/2011 10:04:34 AM
Ugh... I have no issues with the front, but the rest of the device looks and feels like crap, especially onces the finger prints stay.
It feels dirty.
WebOS itself is pretty good, in general. My only issues with it, when playing with the touch pad:
1 - Slow on rotations... like 3~5 seconds... way slower than my iPad-1... but I would expect HP to have improved that with patches.
2 - Settings area is a mess... a Single screen like Android and iOS would be better, thats a lot of tasks to kill.
Multi-tasking on WebOS is better than Apple and Android... easily.
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