Despite killing of its webOS hardware earlier this year, HP has surprisingly issued a webOS software update for its TouchPad tablet, which introduces a number of excellent new features. Accompanying the update is a blog post from HP's Jon Zilber that details the latest improvements to webOS:

In addition to new features, you'll also experience better performance, user interface improvements, and other enhancements such as support for accelerometer events in Adobe Flash Player, and more robust Skype video calling.

The webOS 3.0.4 update is now available over-the-air for TouchPad users, and includes the following new features:

  • A new Camera app for photos and video
  • Added the ability to view TouchPad-only/phone-only applications in App Catalog.
  • The ability to pair non-webOS phones to your TouchPad, so you can answer calls on your TouchPad. Pairing with non-webOS Bluetooth keyboards has also been streamlined.
  • Support for OGG Vorbis music files, and the ability to add songs to a playlist from Album view.
  • Online/offline messaging status support.

This is great news for TouchPad users who were concerned about software support for the device following HP's decision to drop its webOS hardware. Although the company did promise to continue its development of the webOS operating system, many critics, including myself, were skeptical that it would meet those claims.

Have you updated your TouchPad yet, and are you pleased with HP's improvements to webOS?

[via TechRadar]