In an apparent about-face, HP has announced the production of another round of TouchPads, despite deciding to axe webOS-based devices a few weeks ago.
The TouchPad was a reasonably good-selling tablet, although the company's web-based products were dwarfed in sales by Apple's iPad. HP is a major producer of PCs and related products, and the future of the company's entire consumer products line is in question.
"Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand," said company spokesman Mark Budgell. "As we know more about how, when, and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through e-mail to those who requested notification."
Although this could truly be the last stand for HP's mobile device line, competitors may face new competition even as a major contender exits the market. Amazon.com is reported to be developing a fully-functioning tablet, and judging by the popularity of its ultra-slim e-reader the Kindle, may make a strong showing at its debut.
Whether HP re-enters the market or not, the mobile phone accessories and hardware market is undergoing significant changes, and consumers may see a slew of new offerings in the coming year.