HP TouchPads For $99 - HP to webOS Devs: 'Our Developers Will Continue To Be Vital Part Of Future webOS'

Following Thursday, August 18's, announcement of the demise of the webOS and its mobile devices, HP and its retailers are now selling the TouchPad at near rock bottom prices.Starting now, the 16 GB version of the TouchPad is going for a mere $99, a $300 price cut from its previous price of $399 (which itself […]

Following Thursday, August 18's, announcement of the demise of the webOS and its mobile devices, HP and its retailers are now selling the TouchPad at near rock bottom prices.

Starting now, the 16 GB version of the TouchPad is going for a mere $99, a $300 price cut from its previous price of $399 (which itself was cut from its original price of $499 just last week). It's an even better deal with the 32 GB version, where its new price is $149 compared to its previous price of $499 (and even lower than its starting price of $599).

While the prices may be tempting, but it is also a fact that the support for these devices in terms of software updates is likely to be sparse. In face its likely that HP will never update the TouchPad after Thursday's decision. However people who want to buy a tablet device with a rather unique operating system at a truly fire on sale price might want to jump on this quickly. Indeed we suspect that these low prices, might actually do what HP had hoped it will do all along: be a best seller.

In a releated new, Hewlett-Packard sent a missive to its registered WebOS developers, vaguely outlining the changes that will take place after the company shutters its WebOS hardware division and considers alternatives for the mobile operating system.

Here's the HP's letter in its entirety:

Dear webOS developer:

We have opened the next chapter for webOS, and we understand that you must have many questions. Yesterday we announced that we will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices. While this was a difficult decision, it's one that will strengthen our ability to focus on further innovating with webOS as we forge our path forward. Throughout this journey, our developers will continue to be a vital part of the future of webOS.

We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog. Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.

As many of you are aware, we are currently scheduled to hold many developer events around the world. We are planning to continue with these events, however, due to the recent announcements; the nature of them will change. These updates will be posted on our events registration site this coming week. We are eager to present to you the updated strategy for webOS and to hear your feedback.

Lastly, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support for webOS and the many teams responsible for it here at HP. This is a particularly dynamic time in the mobile industry and sometimes tough decisions need to be made about not only what to do, but also what not to do. This has been one of those times. Together with our great webOS developer community, we are confident that we will meet the challenges ahead and build momentum for optimal success.

We will be communicating with you frequently over the next few weeks and we look forward to hearing from you throughout this process.

Thanks for your support

Richard Kerris
VP webOS Developer Relations