With HP's Touchpad set to go on sale in Australia next month, get your head around HP's webOS with this quick introduction.
[This article was published in the March 2011 issue of PC & Tech Authority. We've republished it here so you can read about webOS in light of today's announcement that the HP Touchpad with webOS will be arriving in Australia next month.]
HP has announced that its Touchpad, boasting a tablet-focused version of webOS – the phone operating system it bought as part of its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm – will be available in Australia from August 15, 2011.
The benefits of webOS
Another new feature is Just Type, a similar idea to Windows 7’s instant search feature, where you type freeform into a textbox and all the relevant programs, documents, emails and websites appear instantly in the results panel.
The weakness for webOS, and probably HP’s biggest challenge, is the lack of apps. HP claims there are “thousands” of apps, but we estimate there are currently fewer than 2000 in the Palm App Catalog (its Apple Store equivalent). If webOS 2 is to be a success, developers will need a lot of enticements to convince them to shift their attention from iOS and Android.