It’s been four months since HP TouchPad’s launch and it already has 1000 tablet-optimized apps for it on App Catalog. This, in spite of HP pulling out of webOS device development and effectively axing all webOS devices including TouchPad.
To put this in perspective, it took almost a year for App Catalog to have the same number of webOS smartphone apps. Even iPhone doesn’t boast this app development speed. The thousand doesn’t even include the homebrew patches and apps that are also available, nor the smartphone-optimized apps that are available to HP TouchPad via the emulator window. The App Catalog has a total of 10,000 or more apps for webOS devices.
The growth in apps can be attributed to the changed development and deployment scenario. HP TouchPads are in the hands of a huge number of people today, a few of whom are webOS developers. There is now an established user base for webOS, and the developer platform too has matured. Developers don’t have to pay per-application submission fees either. All of these factors have encouraged growth in the webOS development community and brought more innovative apps to the tablet.
If this is the state when HP TouchPad has been liquidated, how would it be if HP had stuck to its guns and supported the tablet a few months longer? A less than $400 and more than fire sale pricing could still have moved a good number of tablets to turn things around. Head here if you want to show your support for TouchPad and webOS.
HP TouchPad already has a dedicated Facebook app that’s still missing on the top tablet of this year, iPad 2. There’s also Kindle, Angry Birds, Typewriter for text entry, HP Moviestore (from RoxioNow), 7digital MP3 Music, Viewster to watch movies on five devices at one time, TextOne HD for cross platform chatting; SMS/texting; and email, TIME magazine, USA Today, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated magazine, eBooks with iStoryTime based on the DreamWorks Animation movie “How To Train Your Dragon”, business apps such as Citrix Receiver and Egnyte Cloud File Server, Box (50GB free), QuickOffice, educational apps such as Audubon Birds, Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List, iCookBook, FlightPredictor HD to get notified on flight delays, etc., and many more.
Do you have an app you’d like to see on HP TouchPad?