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Has the webOS 3.0.4 software update improved your TouchPad experience?

It doesn't seem like the higher-ups at HP are quite sure of what they're doing right now, but it's nice to see that webOS software engineers haven't been sitting around idle. Earlier this month, HP released a completely rebuilt Maps app for webOS phones, which actually held a bigger surprise — it brought support for their fancy Enyo application framework (used on the TouchPad and Pre3) to all of their old devices, even first-gen Pre and Pixi phones running webOS 1.4.5.

Today HP released webOS 3.0.4 for the TouchPad as an over-the-air software update. Some of the notable improvements:
  • An official Camera app, with video recording. Looks a lot like the one you'd find on a webOS phone, but jumbo-sized.
  • The ability to pair with non-webOS phones, so you can answer calls while you're plopped on your couch with your TouchPad. Yes, it works with the iPhone.
  • Support for Ogg and FLAC files in the music player, audiophiles rejoice.
  • Custom IM status messages in the Messaging app.
  • Improved WebKit rendering in the browser.
  • Serious performance improvements. Everything feels a lot snappier (even without an overclocked kernel!) and they've polished up the UI a bit as well.
But my favorite change is a subtle one — they fixed the frustrating scrolling behavior in the browser. When you're swiping your way down a page, it no longer shifts to the left or right if your finger motion isn't exactly straight.

At least from my perspective, the TouchPad's selling point / saving grace is that it runs webOS, which is why I haven't installed Android on it. That's why it's nice to see another software update; though granted, webOS fans will probably take whatever scraps they can get at this point.

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