TouchPad Possible Resurrection; says HP exec

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HP could resurrect the webOS-based TouchPad tablet computer after possibly spinning off its Personal Systems Group (PSG) into a stand-alone company, as PSG head, Todd Bradley, said in a recent report. 

HP TouchPad Bradley claimed the company is still exploring the option of licensing out its webOS platform to other hardware manufacturers and if HP does separate its PC business, it would be more beneficial to shareholders to do so by spinning off the group, rather than by selling the unit to a rival computer maker, as IBM was sold to Lenovo in 2004.  HP could bring back the TouchPad or a different tablet at a later date, according to Bradley. 

After the tablet’s death on Aug. 18, many retailers dropped the price of the discontinued TouchPad to $99.99. Owners of the device can expect a future system upgrade to boost the slate’s functionality, as HP recently announced an upcoming OTA update in response to the huge increase in TouchPad activation after the device was discounted. 

Though the company is being coy about details regarding the enhancement, HP promised users a growing applications catalog. This announcement comes a day after a free Quickoffice update was released, offering consumers a variety of editing capabilities. The company also revealed another six-pack of free apps for the TouchPad, including Angry Birds RioHD and FlightPredictor HD. 

As for Bradley, he expects to run the company produced from a PC spin off, as he told reporters during a tour of HP suppliers and retail partners in China. 

Sources: Reuters and cnet news




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