HP TouchPads in Australia will be supported for at least a year

Summary:HP has confirmed to a tech blog in Australia that TouchPads sold down under will be supported for the next year.

The product life of the HP TouchPad has been as short and rocky as any gadget in memory. It went from gigantic launch event that created big buzz in the mobile technology space, to killed by HP in just a few months. The HP TouchPad, the first and only tablet to see daylight running webOS, was cancelled by HP just weeks after the product hit the market.

The only information from HP about the future of webOS is that the company is pursuing a future for the platform that may include licensing it to other companies. HP has stated it will continue developing webOS for the foreseeable future, but has not publicly stated what to expect regarding support of all of those TouchPad tablets sold in the bargain bin.

The Gadget Guy is reporting tonight that HP's Eric Chou has indicated that "Australian users of the discontinued TouchPad will continue to receive support for their tablets for the next year." It is logical to assume that TouchPad owners elsewhere will be supported for the life of the warranty of the devices, too. After the year passes it is not clear what can be expected, it likely depends on what HP ends up doing with webOS the platform.

Thanks to Twitter user @webosinternals


Topics: Hewlett-Packard


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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