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HP wants developers to show them their TouchPad apps in progress, might give them a TouchPad

by Derek Kessler Fri, 20 May 2011 9:05 pm EDT

Headed out to webOS Connect in Europe or one of the TouchPad developer workshops?  Bring your TouchPad app-in-progress with you, because HP wants to see it, and might see fit to reward you with an HP TouchPad of your very own. Eventually. Maybe. In a post on the HP webOS Developer Blog, the proposal is put out there: bring your work-in-progress (or completed) TouchPad app as an installable .ipk, and a “designated HP webOS representative” will load it on a TouchPad to try it out. From there, a jury of other designated HP webOS represenatives will evaluate your app “based on an objective criteria,” and if those objective criteria yield good results, they might just send you a TouchPad. Oh, and you’ll have to wait until "this summer" when the TouchPad launches.

This is almost the same thing that Research In Motion did for PlayBook developers - except RIM didn't have hurdles like “objective criteria” and “jury panel of designated HP webOS representatives” and “selected developers after the event when available” Hopefully those hurdles will turn out to be mere speedbumps for developers hoping to get actual hardware to work with - but even a speedbump can slow things down.