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by Derek Kessler Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:06 pm EDT

The great white north. The land of maple syrup and cops that ride moose through the streets. And the home of a growing number of new HP TouchPad owners who can finally get their reading on with their webOS tablet. That’s right, folks, Amazon’s Kindle app for TouchPad has finally added Canada to their available countries in the App Catalog (the other available countries being the United States and nobody else). So go ahead, Canada, download the Kindle app, buy some electronic books, and get reading. It’s good for you, we promise.

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We need Mexico too... any idea when??

The Kindle App is already available internationally. You need to follow these steps set forth in the following link:

http://askowen.info/2011/09/how-do-i-install-the-kindle-app-on-my-hp-tou...

I got it yesterday (after learning about it from HP peeps I met at a meetup) and I'm loving it! I bought my first e-book yesterday and I'm sure it'll be the first of many.

Yes, Kindle has been available in Canada for at least a week now. I downloaded it last Saturday and has been using it since.
The August issue of Pivot is also now available in Canada.
And finally I just heard that Best Buy in Canada has a two day promotion for HP Touchpad for Best Buy employees. The deal is $120 and $150 for 16GB and 32GB respectively (one per employee). At times like this I wish I worked at Best Buy.

I've had the Kindle app since it was launched here in the UK. It works very well.

Great news! Still having a hard time justifying why I need a Tablet device in general .... but, this definitely adds temptation to buy.

Tablet War Is an Apple Rout
H-P Cuts Price on Its iPad Rival by 20%; Apple Sells Out but Rivals Combat High Inventories
By IAN SHERR
Wall Street Journal
People don't have tablet fever; it seems they simply have a mania for iPads.

The latest evidence: Hewlett-Packard Co. is dropping the price of its TouchPad tablet by 20% little more than a month after it hit stores, as the computer giant tries to goose sales of its answer to Apple Inc.'s iPad.

H-P, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. have all jumped into the tablet market this year, trying to close the gap with Apple.

The electronics giant created a multi-billion-dollar business last year when it launched the iPad—and has since seen its profits and market value swell as others have tried to keep pace.

Rivals have been routed so far. Motorola cut the price of its Xoom tablet after its February launch, released a cheaper model and warned shipments will decline this quarter. RIM's PlayBook was delayed until April and still isn't being offered for sale by the two biggest U.S. wireless carriers.

Samsung Electronics Co., which was the quickest to market an iPad rival and has shipped millions of tablets based on Google Inc.'s Android software, is now embroiled in a patent dispute with Apple that threatens sales of its Galaxy Tab in most of Europe.

Apple, meanwhile, says it is having difficulty keeping up with demand and selling every iPad it can manufacture. Five months after its release, its iPad 2 can be hard to find in retail stores. The company said it shipped 9.3 million iPads in the June-ended quarter.

An Apple spokeswoman reiterated an earlier comment from Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, saying the company is "thrilled" with the iPad's momentum.

The consumer electronics giant has sold 28.7 million iPads since it was first launched in April 2010. Estimates of Apple's share of the tablet market vary but some researchers say it has about two-thirds of shipments, though they acknowledge it could be higher.

One sign of Apple's dominance: Rivals discuss how many tablets they are shipping, but don't disclose how many units are actually being purchased by customers. Motorola says it shipped 690,000 Xoom tablets since its launch in February, and RIM says it has shipped 500,000 PlayBooks between their April launch and the end its first quarter in May. Motorola and RIM declined to comment.

Samsung, which in January said it had shipped two million Galaxy Tabs to wireless carriers and retailers around the world since its release in September, has stopped disclosing shipments all together.

As some industry watchers put it: There are more iPads rival tablets sitting in warehouses and stores than current demand for those products, and that's prompting manufacturers to cut prices to move inventory.

"The numbers that we have reported are probably higher than what have actually been sold to customers, which is why you see companies like H-P trying to lower prices to move what's in the channel," said Tom Mainelli, an analyst at research firm IDC.

On Wednesday, H-P cut the price of its entry-model TouchPad to $399.99, so it now costs roughly $100 less than a comparable iPad. The TouchPad runs the webOS operating system created by smartphone maker Palm, which H-P acquired.

H-P took its time developing the device, and Chief Executive Leo Apotheker promised the TouchPad would be "perfect." Reviewers didn't feel that way. They complained about sub-standard hardware features and glitchy software.

Stephen DiFranco, a senior vice president in H-P's computer business, said in an online message Wednesday that the lower price will allow "both HP and our channel partners to be even more price competitive in the marketplace."

An H-P spokesman declined to say how many TouchPads have been sold, saying the company "continually evaluates pricing for its products."

H-P's price cut also marks a shift in strategy. Samsung tried to outmuscle the iPad with beefy processors but keep prices in line with Apple's machine. Motorola priced its Xoom, the first to run a tablet version of Android, at a premium to Apple's iPad—and was later forced to cut prices. RIM priced the PlayBook like the iPad even though its seven-inch screen is smaller.

Analysts say H-P is now conceding the obvious: consumers won't pay the same price for an imitator, even a well-appointed one, as they will for the original. That has left the market for tablets split in two.

"There's an iPad market," said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies, "and then there's everyone else."

and these articles are relevant to the kindle being released in Canada how exactly?

Thanks for spamming us with a huge post, jerk.

I know I'm a little late to this party. I've been using WebOS since it came out. I tried the TouchPad at several Best Buys. I have only one question: Has anyone at HP ever even SEEN an iPad in person? ALMOST EVERY SINGLE ONE of the TPs I tried to use wasn't working. The one that was working was so slow I thought it must have been caught in a slo-mo time warp.

The HP TouchPad is not an iPad killer - HP is the WebOS killer. Thanks a lot.

The problem is they don't have a webOS account, so many of the features like the App Catalog, Backup, System Updates, etc hang because there is no account. I think at least they should let you browse the apps through the App Catalog. I tried updating a demo unit from 3.0 to 3.0.2 and the spinner just kept on spinning :(

Comment is off topic but I'll respond anyway. I'm not sure how long ago you checked out the Touchpad at best buy. I played with quite a bit when they first came to Canada. I did a side by side comparison with the iPad2 for every aspect of the OS. To be honest the iPad2 was faster in almost every aspect (apps loading, file loading, etc). The Touchpad at the time had some issues. I got one anyway, the update came out a week later. Since the update, the Touchpad is leaps and bounds better. I know it's not as fast as the iPad but the added features (multi-tasking, just type, synergy, etc) more than makes up for it.
Maybe the Touchpad you played with had old firmware.

the news of the day is the release of the amazon kindle cloud reader (html5!) and the pending release of the kobo web app. The latter is said to support webOS, the former.. Uncertain. I thought that hPalm developing apps would be a good thing, but the georestrictions.. Ugh.
look forward to the web apps, and hopefully everyone in these forums speaks up to these companies so they know we want them!!

The best Cdn place to buy it is still Costco, they throw in a generic case for $499. Also Costco gives you a Costco-only 2 year warranty on it (like many other electronics sold there).

Alternately you could use those Staples coupons floating around, $20 off your purchase...

Oh, I forgot to add... Robbers (aka Rogers) quietly discontinued the Palm Pre 2 earlier this week... end of life.

It was selling for $25 on a 3 year data & voice plan for a while now. Having talked to 5-6 sales reps, it sounds like they had poor sales.

Or, optimistically the Pre 3 is around the corner...

kindle still is a limited reader. Until we get a reader with a book like GUI, pReader seems to be our only choice for ePub, mini, etc.

So I just got my Touchpad yesterday and the Kindle app either shows up as N/A (in the Pivot magazine) or not at all in the app store - even when I do a search for it. Same goes for the new movie service?
What gives? Is it because I'm in Canada? I tried using US DNS servers too, just in case, but to no avail.

Anyone know, as Cliff Claven would say, What's up with that?

I can't find the Kindle app either, and I'm in Canada too.