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HP TouchPad Gets Another WebOS Update Offering New Features & Tweaks

by Killian Bell | January 12, 2012January 12, 2012 3:22 pm PST

HP TouchPad

Despite announcing the death of its webOS hardware back in August, 2011, HP is still rolling out updates for its failed TouchPad tablet. The latest release, webOS version 3.0.5, introduces a number of new features and a list of tweaks that will undoubtedly be welcomed with open arms by TouchPad users.

After installing the 3.0.5 update, your TouchPad will be more stable when handling video and MP3 files, and it’ll support HTTP live streaming. You’ll also have an option to turn off the auto-correction feature on the TouchPad’s virtual keyboard, and faster calendar switching.

Here’s the complete list of changes in version 3.0.5:

  • Faster switching between Day, Week, and Month views, and faster event display in Calendar.
  • Faster scrolling when reading an email message.
  • Email attachments are now saved with draft messages.
  • Added sender photos and IM presence indicators in Email.
  • Improved stability when watching video in the Web app.
  • Improved handling of MP3s that are transferred from a computer using USB Drive mode.
  • Added a dedicated view of contacts available for a video call, for quicker setup of a video call.
  • New alert when video quality might be lower because of network issues.
  • When typing, pressing the space bar twice inserts a period. This can be toggled on and off.
  • Auto-correction can be turned off directly from the onscreen keyboard.
  • Added support for HTTP Live Streaming.

This is the second software update since HP killed of its webOS hardware, with version 3.0.4 launching back in October, 2011. This is incredibly promising for TouchPad users who bagged the device for just $99 in HP’s fire sale — and those who paid full price — who are still receiving support for their device.

And those with a HP Pre 2 or Pre 3 smartphone haven’t been forgotten, either, with a webOS 2.2.4 update that improves Skype voice calling and messaging, calendars, and contacts.

Are you still using your HP webOS hardware?

[via SlashGear]

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...