When HP decided to kill WebOS and all of its WebOS devices on August 18, it did so because the platform failed to meet sales expectations and drum up a significant amount of buzz. That all changed when HP cut the price of its TouchPad down to $99. After that, the tablet began to sell out, forcing HP to ship more product to stores. This uptick in popularity may have changed the minds of some HP execs who are in the midst of planning the company's immediate future.
Talking to Reuters, HP's personal system group VP, Todd Bradley, hinted at HP possibly bringing the TouchPad back in the future, saying " Tablet computing is a segment of the market that's relevant, absolutely." While not a definite answer, it does show that the company hasn't given up on the personal handset business.
For those that dished out a c-note for the TouchPad, HP wants you to know it's got you covered in the form of over-the-air updates. There's no word on what those updates will contain, but an HP spokesperson told CNET that "HP is fully committed to the ongoing support and service of customers who purchased WebOS devices...We plan to continue to investigate the best ways to leverage WebOS software and grow the applications."
WebOS updates on the way, a VP saying the company is not ruling out the tablet business—we hate to say it, but TouchPad Back?