HP TouchPad Gets a webOS Upgrade from Beyond the Grave

Well now isn't this something. HP's discontinued-and-firesaled TouchPad got an OTA webOS upgrade today.

WebOS 3.0.4 improves the camera app, messaging, connectivity to non-HP phones, and generally "touches up" the UI and overall performance. It also delivered a nice update to webOS's developer tools, which is encouraging for anyone hoping for a not-quite-dead-in-the-water TouchPad.

What does that mean for the TouchPad going forward and the fate of webOS as a whole? Well, not as much as you might think (or hope). Word was that HP was going to determine the fate of webOS some time this week. While we haven't heard anything just yet, Ari Jaaksi, the head of webOS and services at HP, posted about the update on his blog and added, "P.S.S. No, I don't have news about that." Still, an out-of-nowhere update to an at-risk OS isn't bad news at all. [HP, Ari Jaaksi via ZDnet]