HP Releases App Catalog Fix to Keep WebOS Devices Afloat

HP Releases App Catalog Fix to Keep WebOS Devices Afloat

I own an HP Touchpad, and I have to admit, it’s still one of the most enjoyable tablet OSes I’ve used to date. I’ve tweaked some of the software and hardware with Preware, set up dual-booting with CyanogenMod 9, and its been fun doing all this. However, it was revealed that one of the key certificates governing HP WebOS cloud services, particularly those items relating to HP App Catalog and cloud backups, was set to expire on July 23, 2013. Were that to occur, access to WebOS catalog apps, app purchase history and device cloud backup would almost certainly fail, leaving a large number of WebOS phones and tablets orphaned.

Fear not, for those users of WebOS devices like me, rejoice! HP late yesterday released a root certificate patch via their App Catalog (“App Catalog Update”) for WebOS versions 2.1 and up. Expiration dates are now pushed off until 2037, so barring any apocalyptic scenarios currently in media vogue, I may not have to give up my Touchpad until after I retire. However, for those currently in possession of a WebOS device, I strongly urge you to update your devices before July 23. For those using WebOS 2.1 or newer, simply fire up Software Manager and you should see a prompt for an update, and once done,  HP App Catalog  should list its new version as 5.0.3500. Older WebOS versions may need to go into App Catalog and manually install the app “HP App Catalog”.  Happy Updating!

About the Author

Bryan Eley

A senior software tester and network admin for a small hi-tech multimedia company that produces a number of online applications for several tech giants.

Bryan got his professional start in PC technology when he discovered research PhDs in his second job out of college were not very computer savvy. The one upshot of working in that lab is that he met his future wife there, a fellow science geek as well. Bryan has been hooked on computers since his Commodore 64 days, when absurd amounts of was spent entering pages on machine language code for equally absurd simple games. Back in 2005 Bryan received an Axim X51v as a Christmas gift and he has been fiddling with mobile tech ever since. He recently joined the legions of iPhone enthusiasts where phones are concerned, but has dabbled with Blackberry, WebOS and Windows Phone OSes as well.

When not busying himself with tech-oriented tasks Bryan likes spend time cooking (he has over 90 cookbooks, yet still jumps on the internet to find culinary info), reading, working in his garden, calligraphy, and spending time with his wife, two sons, two cats and a miscellaneous dog.