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This is rather confusing. After HP announced that it would be discontinuing the webOS, which powers the TouchPad, it hinted that it would be rolling out a software update for its phased out tablet. If you’re thinking of an update that would allow the slate to be powered by Android, which was accidentally shipped to a few lucky individuals, think again. It is rumored to roll out an update specifically for the webOS.
Why would HP release an update for an already proclaimed dead platform? Your guess is as good as ours. Furthermore, there’s no way to confirm if the rumors are accurate. According to reports, HP responded to an email, saying that the software update is to “enhance the platform and add functionality”.
If you’re one of the folks who decided to purchase the TouchPad at a bargain price, we’re happy to tell you that Quickoffice HD has now been updated for the webOS. This will allow you to edit documents. It also adds features like changing font size, type, and color. In addition, it allows you to underline and adding new functions to cells on spreadsheets.
If ever the rumors are true, why would HP even bother? It is likely that HP is shaping up the webOS to make it more attractive to prospective buyers. Perhaps Samsung is one of their prospective buyers? Again, your guess is as good as ours.
If you’re looking to get your hands on the discontinued webOS-powered HP TouchPad, this might be your chance. HP will be launching the tablet’s final production run.
The announcement was made by HP in a blog post. However, it did clarify that the last sale would be available specifically to North America. If you missed the price cut, the shipping fees on top of the cheap price tag is still a bargain.
Although the webOS showed a lot of promise, no one seemed to be interested in purchasing the TouchPad. However, when HP massively cut the price down to £90, it was quickly sold out. The tablet’s last production run will give bargain hunters one last chance to get their hands on a cheap tablet.
HP is yet to clarify if the tablet will still be sold at £90. However, it makes no sense going back to its original price since it has been proven to sell like hotcakes once the price was slashed. HP will be using its remaining components for the final production run.
This last production run will take place in the coming weeks. By then, will you still be interested in buying an HP TouchPad, or would you have moved on to another tablet? Give us your thoughts.
Were you surprised to see the webOS-powered HP TouchPad sell like hotcakes? Since the discontinued slate is showing a lot of promise, Hewlett Packard decided to apply Economics 101’s law of supply and demand. They have now bumped the price back up to its original price of £399 for the 16 GB version.
Since HP decided to give its acquired webOS the boot, there were many who thought that their devices would fail to make an impact on the market. However, when the price was cut down from £399 to a mere £99, everyone wanted to get their hands on one.
According to HP, “A decision, wholly outside of our control, has been made which meant that this expectation will not now be met. This decision means that we can no longer obtain any inventory of these products.
“Therefore, regretfully, we have no alternative but to cancel your order for these products and to process a full and complete refund of your money.”
So there you have it. If you were lucky to get an HP TouchPad on a bargain, hats off to you. If you were lucky enough to get the mistakenly-shipped Android-powered version, then luck is truly on your side. Those things have been auctioned for thousands of dollars on eBay.
Unfortunately, the fun has come to an end. There may not be any stocks left, which signals the end of an innovative product.