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Rumour : HP Web OS Runs Faster On iPad 2 Than On TouchPad

An intriguing piece from TheNextWeb claims that HP's WebOS tablet operating system runs significantly faster on the Apple iPad 2 compared to HP's own Touchpad tablet.

Sources (opens in new tab) close to the project have told Matt Brian from TheNextWeb that the OS was "over twice as fast" on the iPad 2 and that everyone within the WebOS Team wanted the Touchapd and the Pre smartphone "gone".

TNW sources further claim that the hardware stopped the team from "innovating beyond certain points" because it was slow and had constraints. In comparison, the iPad was found to be a much better partner for the iOS and even when executed in iPad's mobile safari browser, would run "many times" faster than it did on the TouchPad.

It is not known whether the hardware on the TouchPad has been swapped since the tests were originally carried out. The HP Tablet comes with a Qualcomm APQ8060 which was launched in February 2011 at MWC in Barcelona.

It is a Snapdragon S3 model based on the ARMv7 with two cores clocked at 1.2GHz and an Adreno 220 and is definitely not a part that was launched back in 2009 as claimed by TNW's sources.

Tech website Anandtech (opens in new tab) did an interesting comparison between the iPad 2, the Playbook and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 earlier this year and found out that the TouchPad was way slower than the competition but explained that the operating system rather than the hardware that was at fault.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.