There have been a few interesting articles surrounding the much-talked about HP TouchPad over the last few days so I thought I would cover them all in one go.
1.HP To Make More TouchPads But Not For UK
Firstly, HP’s Mark Budgell has confirmed that HP will do another production run of the HP TouchPad (despite announcing last week that it would cease production of webOS hardware). The situation as to when and at what price these will be available at remains clear as mud, as Budgell states in this article:
We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase.
However, news site Mobot states that it has spoken to HP’s PR agency and can confirm that Budgell’s post is US-specific and that the additional stock of the TouchPad will not make it to the UK.
2. HP Will Release An Update for the TouchPad
HP has confirmed to CNET news that it will be releasing an Over The Air update for the TouchPad. The news follows the recent trend set by HP of being as vague as possible, but is set to ‘improve functionality’. An HP spokesman told CNET:
HP is fully committed to the ongoing support and service of customers who purchased webOS devices…We plan to continue to investigate the best ways to leverage WebOS software and grow the applications,
3. TouchPad Ad Revenues Now At Same Level As Android
Advertising agency JumpTap has released some interesting data showing that ad revenues generated from HP TouchPad apps have drawn level with Android after a 10 day increase. This is pretty impressive considering the situation the TouchPad was in a few weeks ago. It might not look so impressive if iOS (iPad) data was included and as AndroidCommunity points out, these figures could change somewhat once an Android port is available for the TouchPad. Still, for the time being it’s nice for webOS developers to get something back from the time and effort that they would have put in to developing apps.