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

Add a camera/camcorder app and pair non-webOS phones to your HP TouchPad with this latest build of webOS from HP.
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Who says webOS is dead? HP just released a new over-the-air update for the TouchPad that adds a number of new features to the discontinued tablet. webOS 3.0.4 makes it possible to pair a non-webOS phone to the TouchPad via Bluetooth, and to use the built-in camera for shooting photos and videos, for example. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your TouchPad to the latest build.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

Step 1: Access your TouchPad's "System Updates" app
Tap on the "arrow" icon on the bottom of your menu bar > the Settings tab to bring up a list of your system management apps (pictured above). 

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Step 2: Let your TouchPad connect to the server
Tapping on the gift-like "System Updates" icon should trigger your TouchPad to connect with HP's server for the file. Make sure your device has a strong Wi-Fi signal.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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Step 3: Don't believe what you see
If you're sure you have not installed this update but your TouchPad is telling you it is up-to-date, simply tap on the "refresh" arrow at the bottom of the screen to try to connect to the server again. It took me about 10 tries before my tablet could access the update so don't give up!

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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Step 4: Update available!
Before you know it, you will see that your TouchPad is eligible for the upgrade to webOS 3.0.4, which will require 53 MB of space to install. Tap on "Download now."

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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Step 5: Update downloaded
Once your TouchPad finishes retrieving the file from HP, it will prompt you to install the update to your device. Tap on "Install now."

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Step 6: Update installed
You will encounter this screen once your update has been installed onto your TouchPad. Simply tap on "Done" to put the new build of webOS to the test.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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What's New: Camera app
You will notice under Apps > Downloads Tab, there is a new Camera icon/app.

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What's New: Camera app
This simple camera app for the internal front-facing cam on your TouchPad finally unlocks the tablet's photo capture capability. Like the camera app on a smartphone, you can access your photo library via thumbnails on the left, and toggle between the camera and camcorder function on the right. A tap on the green button captures a photo.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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What's New: Camcorder app
When you tap on the "camcorder" icon, the app reverts into video camera mode where you can record videos by tapping on the red button.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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What's New: Pairing a non-webOS phone to the TouchPad
Prior to this update, you could not pair a Bluetooth-enabled phone to the TouchPad unless it's also a webOS product. Now, you can take advantage of the TouchPad's multitasking capabilities while you talk on your phone.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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What's New: Pairing a non-webOS phone to the TouchPad
"SGH-1997" is the Bluetooth ID of my Android smartphone, which is proof that this new feature really does work. The TouchPad's internal microphone is surprisingly strong at picking up my voice but I could not figure out where it's located on the device.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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What's New: Clock/Alarm app
A surprising addition to this update is a new clock and alarm app for the TouchPad.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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Updated TouchPad?
Still can't believe the webOS 3.0.4 update was so stress free? You can double-check by peeking at your TouchPad's "Device Information." If you see "HP webOS 3.0.4 and "Build 77" (you have to tap on "Version to reveal the build) listed on this screen, then your upgrade was truly successful.

Read on for my tips and thoughts on webOS 3.0.4.

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