HP Intros webOS 2.0, Palm Pre 2

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HP is hoping to snag some of the smartphone market with its just announced launch of webOS 2.0 and the Palm Pre 2 smartphone. The Palm Pre 2 is the first device to run webOS 2.0, and is also the first device HP has launched based on its purchase of Palm.

The Palm Pre 2 and webOS 2.0 combination offers a new Stacks feature for grouping open apps, and can launch apps based on what you start typing. Typing and email address, for example, will launch the built-in email client app, or typing a URL will launch the built-in Web browser.

Palm Pre 2, now with more webOS-inessThe Palm Pre 2 with webOS 2.0

The new smartphone sports a 1 GHz processor, which is twice as fast as the original Palm Pre processor, along with a 5 megapixel camera, LED flash, a slide-out keyboard,built-in Wi-Fi, 16 GB storage, and a 3.1-inch 480x320 glass display.

webOS 2.0 also includes Flash Player 10.1 beta, HP Synergy for pushing contacts, calendar and messaging data to mobile devices via Facebook, Yahoo!, Google, LinkedIn or Microsoft Exchange accounts, and can run apps designed specifically for use with the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock.

HP will launch the Palm Pre 2 and webOS 2.0 on Friday in France, and will roll out in the United States some time in the coming months. Verizon seems to be the most likely Palm Pre 2 partner in the U.S. since it already supports the original model.

HP’s launch schedule brings out the Palm Pre in the middle of the iPhone upgrade cycle, which could help the company draw in customers that are tired of waiting for Apple’s combination iPod and smartphone to come to Verizon’s network. If the new Pre woos customers like the model it replaces, however, HP may have a difficult time competing with with the iPhone.

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Verizon seems to be the most likely Palm Pre 2 partner in the U.S. since it already supports the original model.

I think it will go to all CDMA networks like the first Pre and Pixie did. Don’t forget that Sprint was the first carrier to carry the original Pre.

I’m actually kind of excited to see what HP can do with the Pre. The WebOS software is amazing compared to Android and iOS IMHO. If the first Pre’s hardware didn’t feel like a cheap toy and if the keyboard wasn’t quite so awful I probably would have bought one. Instead I picked up an HTC Touch Pro II and was elated with it until I swapped it for an HTC EVO.

HP unlike Palm, who was on the brink of bankruptcy, should have a bunch of capital to invest in the style and craftsmanship and give WebOS a proper home to live in. 

Now hurry up and make me a webOS slate.


Will existing Pre owners (Pre plus, Pixi and the original) be able to update to 2.0? Of course not, that’s an absurd idea! Those devices are barely over year old! Nobody should expect an OS update for a computing device that is that old…


webOS.. still a great looking OS but once again fell victim to a bad hardware. Pre 2. That is one sh!tty looking hardware. I had high hopes for webOS when HP took over especially with their resources. Such a shame.

Maybe Apple should’ve bought Palm..


It’s amazing that HP has managed to keep the Palm OS alive.  I find it difficult to believe that it will be able to keep up with iOS or Android.  Having been a user of Pilots and Treos in the past, I certainly hope that they can hang on.

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