HP just let us know that the TouchPad, its recently discontinued tablet with an unknown future, is getting another software update over the air today. Version 3.0.4 of the TouchPad's webOS brings with it a new camera app (the TouchPad originally launched without a camera app) and the ability to pair the tablet with non-webOS phones.

After a Bluetooth pairing process you should now be able to answer calls through your TouchPad. In our TouchPad review we applauded this feature although back then it only worked with webOS phones like the HP Veer. Extending the functionality to more devices was an obvious step, but one we weren't sure would happen given the platform's uncertain future. 

HP is also promising performance and UI improvements with today's update.

Source: The Official HP Palm Blog

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  • Makaveli - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    Hope it doesn't mess with any of my preware patches.

    Will let you guys know how it goes in a few mins!!
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  • LeftSide - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    It would be nice if the UI updates disabled all the logging so we could get better performance without all the preware patches. Reply
  • bupkus - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    Can I upgrade, and if I do what will happen? Reply
  • Casper42 - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    Will this finally add Bluetooth DUN support for non WebOS phones as well?

    I have PDANet for Android and it supports BT DUN but the TouchPad does not.
    I wish PDANet had a Hiotspot mode.
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  • Casper42 - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    NOPE!
    I was able to pair with my phone but only as an Audio device.
    no DUN Profile is showing on the Android phone.
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  • Makaveli - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    Ok I installed the update with all my patches installed. Everything works but some of the patches are broken after the update.

    Here is a list:

    Ad Blocker
    Add ThumbNav Controls
    Advanced Reset Options
    Disable Lock Screen
    Just Charge by Default
    Launch with Folder View Minimized (Mail patch)
    Mimic Outlook Formatting on Email Reply/Forward
    Muffle System Logging (Uninstalling this caused an error so haven't gotten it out yet)
    No Launcher Button
    Quiet powerd Messages (sic)
    Remove Dropped Packet Logging
    UberCalendar HD
    Unhide Dev Mode Icon
    Unset CFQ IO Scheduler
    Unthrottle Download Manager

    So we just have to wait for the dev's to update them, other than that device feels much smoother even at 1.2Ghz stock comparable to the Uberkernel 1.5Ghz I was running before where as 3.02 at 1.2Ghz was sluggish at times.
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  • muthuk - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    The guy who sold this to me had given me a QA device (it was sealed though!) and it always allowed me pairing non-webos phones, and points to internal update site that gave me 3.0.4.77 weeks ago.
    But on the flipside the Angrybirds wasn't free and Box.net app doesn't download my files on the 3.0.4 touchpad :( Hope they give me a fix or I'll buy Gemini file manager to make it work.
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  • starcaptor - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - link

    Should we uninstall our modded kernel before installing this update? I have the F4 kernel installed (1.8 ghz overclock)
    And assuming we do so...I am guessing the steps would be to uninstall, then reinstall the stock palm one, and then do the update? Sorry for the noobish questions...
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  • brshoemak - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - link

    You don't have to uninstall anything EXCEPT make sure you remove any custom theme you currently have applied. It will update just fine like that. The F4 kernel you're using will probably have an update available in the next few days. I use UberKernel to take it to 1.5Ghz, it's pretty popular so I imagine an update will come sooner for that kernel than F4 - time will tell.

    The rest of the Preware patches, if you have any applied, will be updated in the same way in the near future I would imagine. So far it seems that 3.0.4 @ only 1.2Ghz (stock) runs faster than 3.0.2 @ 1.5Ghz. Yours should be blazing once you take it to 1.8GGhz - assuming you have logging turned down to minimum.
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