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HP’s TouchPad Gets An Update and A Price Drop

HP TouchPadVery rarely to you see a company update its device and drop the price in the same fatal swoop. In an effort to address some of the customer concerns with its TouchPad, HP released a software update for the TouchPad this week addressing some of the customer complaints with device and temporarily dropped the price of the tablet by $50.

The software update makes the following improvements:


  • Quicker Just Type event search and event creation
  • Improved handling of meeting cancellations


  • Faster scrolling
  • Improved message content and image display
  • Improved management of multiple emails in Draft and Outbox views


  • Reduced audio skipping when the device is running other applications
  • Better display of album art

Photos & Videos

  • Added ability to set wallpapers
  • Faster and more reliable handling of individual photos and albums

Text Assist

  • Improved speed and accuracy of auto-corrections


  • Increased scrolling support compatibility within web pages
  • Improved performance of remote HTML5 video playback
  • Improved responsiveness of auto correction within the browser

webOS System

  • Fixed issues with oversensitive screen rotation
  • Security
  • This release addresses a number of security issues with HP webOS software.

“Over the last month, we’ve heard from our valued community members about ways to improve the experience on the HP TouchPad,” an HP representative said in an email with All Things Digital. “We took it to heart and are proud to announce notable enhancements that HP TouchPad users everywhere will experience with the latest OTA update available starting today.”

The $50 rebate will reportedly only be available through September 10th, after which the TouchPad will in theory return to its original price. Currently you can snag the 16GB version for $449, and the 32GB for $549.

Have any of you been holding back on purchasing a TouchPad? What concerns do you have with the tablet? Is the $50 discount enough to make you want to buy?

[via All Things Digital]

Emily Price

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