July 1 Was “Soft Launch” for TouchPad; webOS Update on the Way

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If it seemed like the release of the HP TouchPad was a little premature, that’s because it apparently was, and an update is coming to webOS 3.0 in a matter of days to address some of the issues that have plagued the device since its launch.

HP TouchPadThe July 1 release of the TouchPad was referred to by HP systems group chief Todd Bradley as a “soft launch,” who added that advertising efforts will now be redoubled and that an update is coming to webOS in roughly 10 days. What, precisely, this update — and future updates — will address is currently unknown, as Bradley was ambiguous in his statements, but reviewers have cited issues with slow performance and various glitches.

“Our audiences get that webOS has the potential for greatness,” Bradley told the Boston Globe. He added, “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 catalog updates.”

“Soft launch” or not, HP seems to be in damage control mode, as the webOS update isn’t the only adjustment being made to the TouchPad; the tablet has already seen a price break despite how recently it was released. The 16 GB model has already had $10 knocked off its price tag on Amazon, bringing it down to $489.99, and a 5% price break on the 32 GB model brought its price down to $572.65.

Source: SlashGear

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