By Stephen Schenck | January 12, 2012 3:48 PM
The last half-a-year has been a very uncertain time for users of webOS devices. Optimism for the Pre 3 was quickly derailed by HP’s announcement of its intent to cease further production of webOS hardware. That started-off a very tense time for users who had invested in the platform, but as the year wrapped-up, we learned of HP’s plans to make the platform open source, giving us hope that there may still be life for it, yet. Throughout all of this, HP has tried to stand-by its existing user base and show what support it could through the release of system updates. We heard a little about the webOS 2.2.4 update last month. Now HP is starting a new update for TouchPad users, as well as providing some additional details about 2.2.4 for its smartphones.
We told you about the Pre 3 getting webOS 2.2.4 in various markets last month. It turns out that the update is also available for unlocked Pre 2 phones. The promise we heard earlier about 2.2.4 delivering a “variety of software improvements” was a little vague; now HP goes into specifics, explaining that this update targets improvements to the platform’s Messaging, Calendar, and Contacts components. The Pre 2 also sees tweaks relating to Skype and Bluetooth.
As for the TouchPad, it’s moving up to webOS 3.0.5 thanks to a new OTA update. This release adds some new options, like a quick auto-correct toggle, as well as speed improvements, as seen with Email and Calendar views. Streaming video playback should be more stable, and warn you when network problems are interfering with the delivery of a smooth stream. Check out HP’s site for the full list of changes.