HP TouchPad to come with custom Facebook app

While Apple's iPad users are still awaiting an exclusive Facebook app for its tablet device, the folks at HP are hoping that Friday's launch of its TouchPad tablet will attract heavy Facebook users with the launch of a free Facebook app that will be made especially for the TouchPad hardware. TechCrunch reports that the app was actually developed by HP using TouchPad's WebOS operating system, rather than by Facebook itself. Regardless, it looks like HP's TouchPad will be the first device with a tablet optimized Facebook app rather than a version made for a smartphone.

TechCrunch didn't get a chance to use the HP TouchPad Facebook app but did get screenshots that show off some of its features. On the left side of the user interface are most of Facebook's big features such as the Newsfeed, Messages and more. The app has a Places feature that allows people to "check in" to locations on a map. The Photos feature lets HP TouchPad users view photo albums in a tiled album format. It's currently unknown if the Facebook app will be available out of the box with the HP TouchPad or whether users will have to download the app after purchasing the device. As we have reported before the HP TouchPad is due out on Friday with the 16 GB version selling for $499.99 and the 32 GB version selling for $599.99.

Facebook has reportedly been working for some time on a iPad exclusive app with a recent report claiming that it will finally be released for iPad owners in the next several weeks.

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When you have a 7-inch or a 10-inch device, do you really need a dedicated app for Facebook or Twitter?

Foursquare I can understand since you can not check-in from the full site. The foursquare mobile site is formatted for phones and not tablets.

As the owner of both a Xoom and two iPads (first gen and 2nd -- if that even matters): yes, they need a native app. The FB site has been running terribly lately in the native Android browser. By that, I mean the stupid thing stops allowing me to enter text into a comment box, etc. The site runs pretty well on the iPad but it's still nice having access to the native features of the device (i.e., when I want to upload a photo.)

UndergroundWire said,
When you have a 7-inch or a 10-inch device, do you really need a dedicated app for Facebook or Twitter?

Yes because Facebook chat and places doesn't work otherwise.

UndergroundWire said,
When you have a 7-inch or a 10-inch device, do you really need a dedicated app for Facebook or Twitter?

Yes because Facebook chat and places don't work in Safari on iOS.

Yes, people will just flock to the HP TouchPad because it has a dedicated Facebook app. Just like how people were waiting in line for the RIM PlayBook, right? Oh wait...

.Neo said,
Yes, people will just flock to the HP TouchPad because it has a dedicated Facebook app. Just like how people were waiting in line for the RIM PlayBook, right? Oh wait...
I love OH WAIT cracks....lol
+100 for the joke.

.Neo said,
Yes, people will just flock to the HP TouchPad because it has a dedicated Facebook app. Just like how people were waiting in line for the RIM PlayBook, right? Oh wait...
I love OH WAIT cracks....lol
+100 for the joke.

Well, there are Facebook apps for the iPad on the app store... they just aren't any good. But this isn't a first.