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HP webOS TouchPad News - Open & Closed

Hp TouchPad

Hp TouchPadThe tablet that would not die, the HP TouchPad along with its operating system webOS is back in the news.  The HP TouchPad was responsible for more app downloads than for Android tablets while HP showed its commitment to webOS as an open source operation system.

HP CEO Meg Whitman warned attendees at the HP Global Partner Festival that now that Google owns Motorola, Android could become a closed-platform. She let the audience know that HP is still committed to webOS for the long run. If Android becomes closed, then webOS devices would benefit.

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HP TouchPad News: webOS Will Live on, Free HP TouchPad Promo & Android Almost

If you were one of the lucky people to nab an HP TouchPad when its price was reduced during the fire sales and promotions, last year, you can rest assure that its operating system webOS will live on.

Those who were hoping for an Android "jailbreak,' it's in the works.  There is still a slight chance that you could get an HP TouchPad for free.

HP announced that it is working to release webOS source code over the coming months starting off with Enyo 2.0 developer tool, today. Enyo 2.0 enables developers to write a single application that works across mobile devices and desktop web browsers, from the webOS, iOS and Android platforms to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.

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HP TouchPad Cheap $99/$149 Deal Back Again - webOS Lives Openly, Even in MRI

We've been calling the HP TouchPad the tablet that would not die, now it looks like webOS won't die either, even when exposed to an MRI.    HP finally make decision about webOS and its fire sale of cheap CPO HP TouchPad tablets.  Doctors have used the webOS platform to help compute and analyze in the MRI process in hospitals.

HP announced today that it will continue to be active in the development and support of webOs by opening it to the "open source community"

In an interview,  Meg Whitman confirmed that there will be more webOS devices in the future, "But we will use webOS in new hardware, but it’s just going to take us a little longer to reorganize the team in a quite different direction than we’ve been taking it in the past.”  She also said that tablets such as the HP TouchPad could be possible.

Meanwhile, we've gotten word the HP TouchPad deal will be back on Sunday at 5:00 PM EST, December 11.  The price will be the famous fire-sale deal of $99 for 16GB and $149.99 for the 32GB TouchPad for a limited supply of refurbished TouchPads. An email sent to employees says:

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webOS Awaits Fate While Next HP TouchPad will Run Windows 8

Meg Whitman TouchPad

Meg Whitman TouchPadYesterday, Meg Whitman decided that HP would not spin off or sell its PC Division. Many were wondering what is going to happened with webOS and the very-popular HP TouchPad tablet.

Meg Whitman addressed tablet issues in a conference call while the Guardian reported webOS termination news.

It appears that a decision will be made in a few months about webOS and Windows 8 will be the operating system for the next HP TouchPad.

"I think we need to be in the tablet business, and we're certainly going to be there with Windows 8," Whitman said during a conference call with analysts. "We're going to make a run at this [tablet] business."

In regards to webOS, HP will likely make a decision "in the next couple of months," she said. She also said that HP will focus on devices that are appealing to both enterprise and consumers. She noted that consumer devices like the iPhone and iPad don't always work  well with the security needs of business.

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