Hewlett-Packard has pushed through a software update for its TouchPad tablet, with tweaks to everything from scrolling to security.
Hewlett-Packard has pushed an
over-the-air update for its TouchPad, designed to tweak many of the issues
cited by reviewers upon the tablet's initial release.
HP webOS system update 3.0.2
scrolling for email, quicker handling for some calendar features, improved
performance for Web scrolling and auto-correction, and the ability to set
wallpapers. There are also some bug fixes to music playback and screen rotation,
as well as security patches.
Using a review TouchPad provided by HP
, eWEEK found that
downloading and installing the update took around 20 minutes. Following that
process, the user interface felt a little faster and smoother than previously,
although it may take some time to fully gauge the impact of the update.
Many early reviews of the TouchPad,
which launched July 1, focused on the webOS 3.0 operating system, which
emphasizes multitasking (with thumbnail windows to denote which applications
are currently running) along with finger-swiping as a navigation gesture.
Drawing a finger upward from the bottom rim will minimize an application, while
flicking will banish it entirely. The TouchPad boasted a relatively small
number of applications at the outset (the HP App Catalog currently lists 4,904
apps), but HP hopes developers will gravitate to the platform in coming months.
In its initial review, eWEEK described
the TouchPad as a work in progress, albeit one more polished than other Apple
iPad competitors currently on the market. Although HP's tablet boasts a 1.2GHz
dual-core processor, we zeroed in on the slowness of the user interface, and how
every application seemed to require a few seconds' worth of loading time before
it actually ran.
The TouchPad's lineup of baked-in
applications includes email, calendar, chat, photos, maps, Adobe Reader,
Quickoffice and a few others. Combined with the Facebook application and Angry
Birds, that's more than enough to start for most consumers. HP is also pushing
the TouchPad as an enterprise device, although it remains to be seen whether
business-minded developers will create large numbers of applications for webOS.
"You've also seen that reviews rightly
note things we need to improve about the webOS experience," Jon Rubinstein, the
HP executive widely credited as the driving force behind webOS, wrote in an
internal memo that leaked onto the Web around the time of the TouchPad's
release. "The good news is that most of the issues they cite are already known
to us and will be addressed in short order by over-the-air software and app
Those updates have evidently started to
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