HP releases webOS 3.0.4 for the HP TouchPad (with new camera app)

webOS 3.0.4

HP may not be selling very many HP TouchPad tablets anymore, but there are somewhere around a million of the discontinued devices in the wild and it looks like HP’s webOS team hasn’t forgotten about us just yet. The company has just released a software update for the TouchPad which brings performance improvements and a few new features.

Among other things, webOS 3.0.4 finally includes a camera application. The HP TouchPad has a 1.3MP front-facing camera, but up until now you had to download a third party app if you wanted to use it to take pictures. Now there’s a built-in app for that. The app only shoots video or takes photos in portrait orientation.

According to webOS head Ari Jaaksi, other changes include improved messaging and the ability to connect over Bluetooth to non-HP phones. The HP App Catalog also now loads more quickly and also allows you to switch between categories and other views more quickly.

WebOS 3.0.4 also brings support for OGG Vorbis music files and the ability to create online and offline status messages in the Messaging app.

HP has also added support for accelerometer events to Adobe Flash Player and improved Skype video calling performance.

The HP TouchPad can automatically download the 53MB update over the air — or you can force the update by going to the Settings panel on your tablet, selecting System Updates and then tapping the download icon once the tablet finds the latest update.

Warning: If you’ve installed Android on your HP TouchPad, the webOS 3.0.4 software update will overwrite the boot partition and remove Moboot. This means you won’t be able to boot Android unless you reinstall Moboot first. CyanogenMod 7.1 Android is still on your device, you just can’t access it without the Moboot software.

Fortunately it’s fairly easy to reload Moboot by following some of the instructions Android installation guide. Here’s the short version:

  • Connect your TouchPad to a PC and tap the icon to enter USB Drive mode.
  • Create a directory on the TouchPad called “cminstall” (without quotes).
  • Copy the moboot_0.3.3.zip file to the cminstall directory.
  • Exit USB drive mode.
  • Restart your TouchPad from the Device Info app in the Settings panel.
  • Hold the Volume Up button as your device reboots.
  • Once you see a big USB icon on the TouchPad, you’re ready for the next step.
  • Open a terminal and navigate to the folder on your computer where you’ve already installed Palm Novacom (and make sure the ACMEInstaller file is in the same directory).
  • Type the following (without quotes) and hit enter: “novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller”

Once you’ve done that your device should reboot and you’ll see lines of code run across the screen. Once that’s finished, the Moboot menu should load, giving you the option of booting webOS or Android.

via PreCentral

  • Anonymous

    love that HP is still giving us some updates! Installing now!

    i’m most interested in the claims of better browser performance.

  • TheIowaKid

    IM getting a “device not found” error message after I hit enter on my command prompt. 

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      Are you sure your device is in recovery mode and connected via USB… and that moboot is in the cminstall directory?

      • TheIowaKid

        Yes.  USB icon on screen, moboot in cminstall folder on TP, also shows Palm on open devices.  I cannot figure out what could be wrong.

      • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

        You’re not in recovery mode. It shouldn’t be showing Palm in open devices.

        Disconnect your tablet from your computer. Go into the Device Settings and reboot it, while holding the Volume UP key until you see a big USB icon.

        *Then* connect it to your computer and try again.

      • TheIowaKid

        Did and got same result.

      • Papasteves02

        Getting the same issue. Updated to new Webos update which erased my Uberkernal overclocking setting and moboot dual booting capability. I create a new folder on the Touchpad “cminstall”, copy moboot into it, eject, restart, hit volume up, get big USB icon, enter the command in terminal, and get the HP logo on my touchpad and nothing else. Am I missing something?

      • http://logantanner.blogspot.com/ LoganTanner

        This is where I’m at too. Hate to wipe the TP again and lose the update, but Android is more important. I’ll try the wipe.

      • Papasteves02

        Got it to go. Working on a mac and when I extract ACMEInstaller, it puts a folder in the same folder as novacom, so the actual ACMEInstaller file is one directory level down still. Had to bring it up to the same level as novacom and it worked just fine.

  • rev411

    Thanks for being my Touchpad advisor, Brad! I couldn’t have done this all without your very helpful posts!

  • Marcthibodeau

    thanks for the android information. my device is no longer overclocked after the update, but seems to run faster anyway, govnah does not let me go above 1.188ghz. it appears the uberkernel does not support this new update. Any ideas to overclock the touchpad anyway?

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      You’ll probably have to wait for a new version of uberkernel or another hacked kernel.

      Most webOS updates break custom kernels.

    • Bob

      i updated to 3.04 and had the same problem. I updated uberkernel and govnah through preware and it is overclocked again. Try that

  • Uslynnukandrew

    why does it say failed to connect to server i have the big white usb up ?

  • Superman

    Where is the  “moboot_0.3.3.zip” situated ?

  • Chrys1527

    why does my usb icon show on my hp touch pad and how do i remove it

  • Vivekmahathi

    i didnt copy the moboot to the folder and restarted it what do i do now???

  • sally

    how do i install Adobe Flash Player ? 

    please help .