HP announces webOS update that will allow for continued access to cloud servicesAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Today is a big day for the webOS faithful, as it was exactly four years ago that the original Palm Pre slid its way onto Sprint shelves. Things are nearly as joyful in the webOS community today as they were on that date, but there is some good news regarding the platform that's been announced by HP.
Starting today, June 6, HP will roll a mandatory update for its App Catalog app out to the various webOS devices. The update will alter a root certificate inside of webOS that will allow the hardware to continue to communicate with the webOS cloud services past July 23. Without the update, the root certificate will expire on that date, meaning that webOS-powered products would be unable to access the cloud services for things like Backup/Restore and App Catalog access.
HP says that anyone using webOS 2.1 or higher will automatically have the update installed the next time that they access the App Catalog, Users running software earlier than webOS 2.1 will need to mosey on into the App Catalog manually and download the "HP App Catalog Update." HP says that webOS users that don't install this update by July 23 will need to roll the system time of their hardware back before July 23 in order to snag the update.
It's certainly been a while since webOS got any major new features or appeared on any new hardware, but the platform is home to some faithful users, and this update will provide them with an official way to keep using their devices well past the original July 23 death date. While it'd be nice to see these loyal webOS folk get a new feature or two as well, the odds of that happening appear slim, especially after the LG's recent acquisition of webOS and its announcement that the software will be used to power smart TVs. At least webOS users can rest easy knowing that they'll be able to continue Just Type-ing and swiping away cards for the foreseeable future.