Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

Summary: Add a camera/camcorder, clock/alarm, turn your TouchPad into a giant screen for your smartphone, with this latest build of webOS from HP.

SHARE:

Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4. Image by Gloria Sin

Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4. Image by Gloria Sin

For a supposedly "dead" operating system, webOS for the TouchPad is sure getting more updates than my Froyo-running Samsung Infuse, with a substantial over-the-air upgrade to version 3.0.4 yesterday. webOS 3.0.4 is worth whipping out your TouchPad to get the front-facing cam will finally be usable with a native camera and camcorder app, Bluetooth pairing will be possible with a non-webOS phone for calls, and your TouchPad will feel more like it has a 1.2 GHz processor under the hood.

It took about 10 tries before my TouchPad could connect to HP's server to download this update, so don't let the process discourage you. Here is what I did to upgrade my tablet to webOS 3.0.4.

Photo Gallery: Upgrading your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

  1. First and foremost, make sure your have a strong Wi-Fi signal and enough battery to last your through the process. Version 3.0.4 will take up 53 MB on your TouchPad so make sure you have the space for it. If you receive any notifications to update your apps, ignore them because that's not where you will get your webOS update.
  2. Tap on the "arrow" icon on your bottom menu bar to access your apps and settings.  Tap on the "Settings" tab.
  3. There, you should see an icon that looks like a present that's labeled "System Updates." Open it. Doing so should trigger your TouchPad to search for updates.
  4. If the spinning wheel stops and suggests your device is up-to-date even if you know it has yet to be updated, ignore the message and tap on the refresh "arrow." Keep repeating this step until this screen:

    Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 Image by Gloria Sin

    Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 Image by Gloria Sin

  5. Tap on "Download now" and set your TouchPad aside so it can do its thing. Once it's done downloading the update, you will be asked to install it. Tap on "Install."
  6. Installation takes about 15 minutes.
  7. To check that your TouchPad was properly upgraded to webOS 3.0.4, simply tap on the "arrow" icon > Settings tab to access your system apps. You should see a blue icon with an exclamation mark labeled "Device Info." Open it.
  8. On your "Device Information" screen, you should see "HP webOS 3.0.4" listed next to "Version." If you tap on the word "Version," you should bring up "Build 77."Alternatively, you can also double-check that your update was successful by looking for a new "Camera" app listed under the "Downloads" tab, a clock/alarm app under "Apps," and the option to pair a phone to the TouchPad within the Bluetooth interface. If so, you are all set. Now go enjoy your refreshed TouchPad.

Thoughts on webOS 3.0.4

To be honest, I wasn't too excited by this update initially because the camera app should have shipped with the TouchPad from the get-go, but I was most surprised by the ability to pair my Android phone to my webOS TouchPad thanks to this build. The TouchPad's internal microphone was surprisingly sensitive and clear so I was able to have a smooth conversation on the tablet, even though I could faintly hear my own voice at the same time. With my phone paired to my TouchPad, I was able to simultaneously surf the Web and check my emails during a voice call, which is something I haven't been able to do on my Infuse. I'm hoping tethering between my phone and the TouchPad will be part of the next webOS update.

What other surprises have you discovered with webOS 3.0.4? Share with us below.

Updated @ 8:58 am PT: Added a link to photo intensive guide to update your TouchPad with version 3.0.4.

Related:

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Mobile OS

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

17 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    The process seems pretty self explanatory
    kingcobra23
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    Ran the update last night without a hitch. Didn't notice a big jump in performance, but I had already done the 'kill the excess logging' trick a few days ago. Oddly I wasn't able to find the Camera app on the Touchpad but was able to run it by doing a search on Camera.

    Glad to see that they haven't completely orphaned the Touchpad and WebOS. It's a good product.
    boomchuck1
    • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

      @boomchuck1 I haven't noticed a big bump in performance either. I wonder if it really is faster.
      awkward hug
      • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

        @awkward I have.
        yu119995
  • If you already installed Android

    Using CM7, moboot, ACMEInstaller, etc, you will need to install moboot again. Just create the same cminstall folder again, put moboot in it and run ACMEInstaller again, then everything will be back in place. Dual boot is great. It is like having two tablets for the price of one.
    grant@...
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    "I???m hoping tethering between my phone and the TouchPad will be part of the next webOS update."

    You should have wifi hotspot functionality built into your Infuse already (unless your carrier's disabled it). Just access your Infuse with your regular Touchpad wifi connection. It's really that easy.
    yu119995
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    tried it, very impressive.
    Megak
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    It's broken the Citrix Receiver app. Which is really all I used. Great. Off to buy an iPad.
    wiretrapscars
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    some preware apps don't work, ie. remove ripple. I removed it and when I tried reinstall it was nowhere to be found. Same happened with other apps they just dissappeared.
    jjgctg
    • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

      @jjgctg I noticed the Preware is apps are missing too. But I am sure the homebrew guys are on the case!
      WillieStylez
    • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

      @jjgctg Looks like I was right! I just checked the Preware app and there were updates for Tweaks released today (along with a few others). Plus there appears to be new feeds listed in the app. So refresh your Preware and see if you get the new updates and if that helps!
      WillieStylez
    • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

      @jjgctg
      please be patient. Developers need to reset the version of webOS for their app. Most will do this in the next few days. I got two today.
      nancysz
  • Found the Camera but lost the sound (but not for long)!

    I updated my TP yesterday and was very excited to find the camera app (at the end of my Downloads tab). I also noticed a (slightly) faster boot-up. But my first video on the new camcorder didn't have any sound!!! But after a quick reboot (and yes it was faster), I found the sound working just fine! Another great surprise today is that Quick Office and HP App Catalog were also updated (along with approximately 20 other apps that I have)! WebOS Lives!
    WillieStylez
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    I upgraded it. Love my TouchPad! And my Pre. Best regards from http://www.palmunlocker.com
    phonefanatic
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    I updated it
    phonefanatic
  • RE: Updating your HP TouchPad to webOS 3.0.4 (how-to)

    Since the upgrade my HP Touchpad is much slower starting up and most distressing, the WiFi stopped working two days later. It says it can't find a network associated with the name and network password I gave it. Three other devices still work fine on my network. Any ideas?? I have powered it down several times, Turned the WiFi off and on several times, etc.
    Montani
  • gimsbhr 88 xic

    juneoq,hrscbswd35, xlbtp.
    cmakrekdw4701-24379064459875147688253348054977