HP has just announced HP webOS Pivot, a resource designed to provide users an entertaining and informative editorial resource for discovering webOS 3.0 applications for the HP TouchPad, which launches July 1. Designed to complement the HP webOS App Catalog, Pivot will showcase a broad range of applications – and the developers who create them – by providing customers the freedom to explore based on their interests and lifestyles. This is definitely a slick way to get developers on board, let’s see if it works.
Published on a monthly basis, Pivot is designed to broaden developer exposure and create a dynamic marketplace for the burgeoning webOS developer community. Consisting of original content by journalists and photographers affiliated with leading publications, Pivot will include visually driven editorial pieces, columns from notable guest writers sharing their perspectives on digital culture, feature stories focused on applications around specific topics, and in-depth reviews. Pivot will publish initially for English, French, German and Spanish languages and will be updated over the air directly to all HP TouchPad customers.
The Wi-Fi version of HP TouchPad will be available in stores and online in the United States on July 1 with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively. HP TouchPad will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany on July 2 and in Canada on July 15, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain.
The webOS Developer Program enhancements also include a new discount structure. Developers will have access to this pricing model based on their years in the Palm developer program and active applications in the webOS App Catalog. Complete details about the updated developer programs will be available on the HP webOS Developer Portal beginning July 1.