HP is preparing another fire sale for its HP TouchPad tablets just in time for the holidays. The limited time sale will begin at 6:00PM Central time on Sunday, December 11, and is only available through HP's eBay store. Both the 16GB and 32GB models will be available, but quantities are limited.
The only time the HP TouchPad sold well was when the tablet went on $99 fire sale shortly after it was discontinued. Back when the original TouchPad was announced we had also heard that there would be another flavor of that tablet called the TouchPad Go with a 7-inch screen. That tablet crossed the FCC for approvals and was spied online a couple times.
HP's TouchPad fire-sale scored the company the second place in US tablet sales, market stats have shown, with the $99 webOS slate edging ahead of Samsung's entire Galaxy Tab line-up. The Korean firm slipped to third place - behind Apple, in first, and HP, in second - with 16-percent of retail tablet sales between January and October 2011, the NPD Group found, while HP managed 17-percent thanks no doubt to its aggressive discounting. Total non-Apple tablet sales amounted to more than 1.2m units the analysts suggest.
When HP first launched its 10-inch TouchPad webOS tablet, it was planning a follow-up with a smaller 7-inch model called the TouchPad Go. Unfortunately, with HP's abrupt decision to scrap the entire webOS ecosystem back in August, it's unlikely that we'll be seeing the TouchPad Go hitting the market. But we do get a glimpse at what could have been with several photos of the device surfacing today.
Even though you've been told over and over again that there are absolutely and positively no more HP TouchPad devices out there on the market, you can always trust a group like TigerDirect to wrangle up the rest of the stragglers, this week selling the infamous tablets out for $149.99 after a $150 rebate. Of course you'll have to lie down $299.99 to get the tablet, then will get the rebate cash back eventually, but look! It's a TouchPad and you can buy it!
I like it when patents surface from places like Apple, Nintendo and others that show off what we will probably see in the future from the country. The latest patent to surface is from Nintendo and it shows an accessory that appears to show a way to turn the Wii Remote into a touchpad. The patent app line art shows a device that slips onto the Remote.
Best Buy announced today that it will be offering a new deal on the HP TouchPad starting on November 1. The tablet was originally priced $599 at launch and went for $99 during a short fire sale period at HP and select retailers, but has since gone back to an average price under $300. Starting next month, Best Buy will price the 32GB TouchPad for $149.99 when purchased with an HP or Compaq laptop, desktop, or all-in-one computer.
It looks like HP is still undecided about its TouchPad tablet. Despite the company's announcement back in August that it would discontinue webOS hardware, rumors now suggest that under Meg Whitman's lead as HP's new CEO, the company could revive the tablet by powering it with Windows 8. According to some HP employees, the company is currently testing the TouchPad with Windows 8 as part of a "proof-of-concept."
The death of the HP TouchPad has been a slow and prolonged one. The tablet seems to be in the final death throws right now though. HP is apparently finally shipping out the last batch of the TouchPads right now. Nate over at The Digital Reader reports that he received an email from HP telling him his tablet has shipped. Some folks won't be that lucky though, HP has said it oversold the tablets it had left.
If there's a king of Android ROMs, aka complete replacement of the visible workings of a mobile device in this case, it's CyanogenMod. For those of you that do not know, CyanogenMod is used by thousands of Android users across the earth, it being the most used Android ROM by far, and today the developers behind the project have announced that it's been upgraded to version 7.1. This version continues to closely replicate Android 2.3 Gingerbread, now with a new laundry list of feature updates as well as a short list of new devices it will work with, including, yes indeed, the HP TouchPad we've been waiting so long to modify.