HP to continue running the webOS App Catalog and even "refine" it

HP to continue running the webOS App Catalog and even
Once the word spread that HP was halting production of webOS flavored hardware, those with such devices were a little concerned about the webOS App Catalog. Those still sporting a Pre or a Pixi, a Veer or even a TouchPad will be happy to learn that the Palo Alto based firm will not only continue to support the online app store, but also plans on making it better. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been trying to lure webOS developers to its online app store by offering free phones and other tools.

On Friday, HP webOS Developer Relations VP Richard Kerris wrote in a letter on HP's webOS Developer Blog that HP will continue to support the App Catalog and will even refine it. In the letter, the executive wrote that HP will  "enhance merchandising and presentation" of apps. Events for developers are still planned around the world, albeit with a different emphasis now that HP is not producing webOS hardware. Kerris gave developers "sincere appreciation" for continuing to support webOS and said that more information would be coming in the next few weeks.

HP's decision to support the App Catalog might help boost sales of whatever inventory of webOS flavored product is in stores. As we reported, HP has started a fire sale on the TouchPad tablet with the 16GB model going for $99.99 and the 32GB version priced at $149.99.

source: HP via electronista

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9 Comments

1. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Faaaaaar too little, waaaay far too late.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, the fire sale is working.. the touch pads are pretty much sold out in the retailers here.

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I reckon they could've skinned the people for $250 and still sold all of em.

4. Xpple unregistered

I picked up 2 touchpads today. Not perfect, but no tablet is. I would not have bothered if HP didn't have the fire sale. . . Maybe this will get an android port, maybe not-- either way it works ok for what we need from them.

5. exo2u unregistered

lucky duck, been up since 7 still couldn't get one in town.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if they wanna get funny, they need to make it android compatable and add in the android market. that would revitalize it on the spot.

8. justorderedtwo unregistered

Just ordered two from Best Buy website. Hurry.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Maybe this will help develop it for an open source OS down the road for some manufacturer that wants to use it along with Android. Just do not think HP can hang up completely on it after the 1.5 Billion investment. Or, than again, maybe that is just wishful thinking. Oh, well. There are really a lot of good OS choices still out there. The loss of WebOS is sad, but not all these OS's were going to survive.

10. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

webos is still very popular so completely shutting it down would be a huge mistake. I really like this tablet even if I didnt get it for 99 dollars, that of course helped tho lol

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