HP's TouchPad, which was discontinued and marked down to $99 just two weeks ago, is back from the dead. Sort of. In a cryptic post on a company blog, HP's Mark Budgell announced that HP was "pleasantly surprised" by the response to the tablet's bargain-basement pricing, and that the company wold be making "one last run" of the tablet to meet unfilled demand. After that it's over. Discontinued. Kaput. Really.
In his post, Budgell says that "a limited supply are coming and it will be a few weeks before they are available. As we know more about how, when, and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through email to those who requested notification." HP isn't guaranteeing that existing orders will be filled, and insists that the company is still "discontinuing the development of WebOS devices and is winding down device operations."
If you manage to get your hands on one of these "extra" TouchPads, don't expect too many new apps for the platform—unless recent efforts to port other operating systems to the tablet bear fruit. Developers are working to get versions of Linux and Android working on the TouchPad, and if they're successful, the $99 tablet could get a new lease on life.
But don't expect HP to make any more of them. Really.
HP Communities - More TouchPads on the Way [HP Communities]
TouchPad longevity gets a boost from Android/Ubuntu ports [Ars Technica]