Not (quite) dead yet: HP keeps webOS going with new certificate
Today marks the anniversary of the release of the first webOS handset, the Palm Pre. As such, you’re bound to see plenty of nostalgic looks back on the much-beloved platform throughout the day – and we’re certainly no exception. But beyond all that, we have ourselves somewhat of an oddity today, with some actual webOS news crossing our desk – that’s saying something for a platform that’s been shuttered for the better part of two years.
This development concerns one of the key digital signatures webOS uses to authenticate communication with HP’s servers. Like a credit card, these certificates have expiration dates, and the root certificate necessary for services like the App Catalog to function is set to expire on July 23. Normally, a company would keep ahead of an event like that and get updated certificates out to users well in advance of such a date. The warning cry had been sounded about this webOS issue since last year, but we just weren’t sure what, if any action HP might take. With the clock running down, today HP announced the distribution of an automatic update that will install the necessary certificate.
Well, it’s automatic for users on webOS 2.1, at least, but if you’re on an older release you can manually pull down the HP App Catalog Update app to set things right. The only catch is that you need to remember to complete the action before the old certificate expires, so either get cracking before July 23, or be prepared to dial-back the clock on your webOS phone.