HP unveils new App Studio

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Along with the new printer announcements and releases, HP also introduced its new interactive site, the HP App Studio, along with several new partners including: Disney, CBS Interactive, Tabbloid, and Flicker.


Screen shot of HP App Studio front page

The App Studio will be used in conjunction with the just released HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web to bring users instant access to partner sites and companies without the aid of a PC. 


HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web

Thanks to the large TouchSmart control panel, users can browse through applications easily and with the Get More option can add or delete applications through the App Studio directly from the printer. 

Some of the downloadable content shown included: coupons, games for the kids, games for adults, movie times and instant tickets, recipes, photos, news and more.

In addition, HP has announced a partnership with AOL to bring print customization tools to all AOL affiliated sites through the Tabbloid publishing service allowing users to round up their RSS feeds and publish them from the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web in an easy to read newsletter style.

Flicker, in conjunction with Snapfish by HP, will give users acces to their online photo accounts for easy wireless printing.  iPhone users can already print their photos with the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web and several other Photosmart printers by using HP’s iPhoto application.

And while HP says they will continue to expand the applications and partnerships for the App Studio, they will also be allowing users to create their own applications through the interactive site as well as discuss and rate preexsisting applications.

Both the HP App Studio and the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web are available today through the HP website; the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web has a retail value of $399 while the App Studio content is free of charge.

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