HP’s webOS 2.0 Arriving on Palm Pre 2 on Friday; To be Available First in France

Written By Sam on 20 October 2010

This week will see two major releases by HP. Taking the opportunity to unveil an upgraded version of the HP webOS that was used by Palm in its earlier smartphone, the company will also be launching the Palm Pre 2.

First, a word about the OS. This one is HP’s version of an improved webOS, an asset that fell into its kitty when it acquired Palm in April for $1.2mn. The new version will be called the webOS 2.0 and will make its debut this weekend along with the launch of the Palm Pre 2 smartphone.

Palm Pre 2 is slated to release first in France through the French wireless carrier SFR. In fact, SFR had revealed sketchy details of the second generation Palm Pre device over a week ago. The device is expected to come with a 1 GHz processor in its guts and 512 MB RAM. The developers also revealed it will be a sleek handset with a slide-out keyboard. We don’t know how the handset will be priced. However, what we do have is a handful of specifications the phone is expected to come with:

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Stacks, a multi tasking user interface that allows multiple windows to be open like a deck of cards
  • Quick action features like ‘Just Type’ for common tasks like status updates, starting an e-mail, adding items to a list
  • Universal search that extends the phone-based searches to the web
  • HTML5 support, PDK plugins
  • An ‘exhibition’ mode, which is a screen saver mode customizable through various applications.
  • Support for Adobe flash Player 10.1 Beta
  • Synergy feature, enabling contacts from Facebook, Yahoo, Google, LinkedIn and Exchange to be listed in one consolidated list.
  • For business users, the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite is an attractive feature that allows viewing of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and integration with Google Docs and Dropbox.

Prospective buyers in the US and Canada will have to be patient as it will take a few months before the phone hits the stands there. Meanwhile, we see an advantage for users wanting to grab the Palm Pre 2 in North America as the phone will be launched on Verizon Wireless network. Therefore, users will be able to take advantage of the Verizon–Skype partnership and make Skype–to–Skype calls using the new device.

The launch of the device is being eagerly awaited also because there is curiosity to find out whether webOS will manage to stage a comeback to the list of major mobile operating systems. The task looks daunting at this point, but with the kind of upgrades we are hoping to see in terms of hardware and software, the phone does have the potential to stir up the market. For that HP will also have to get the price of the device right.

Also read:SFR Reveals Sketchy Details of Palm Pre 2, Likely to be Dubbed Roadrunner, With 1GHz Chip an 512 MB RAM

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