HP announces Palm Pre 2 with webOS 2.0, launching 'soon' in US

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in iPad edited January 2014
Palm on Tuesday formally announced its Pre 2 smartphone, with the webOS 2.0 mobile operating system re-branded to reflect HP's purchase of the company.



The Palm Pre 2 is set to launch on Friday in France, and will debut in North America -- including the U.S. on carrier Verizon -- in "the coming months." It's the same story for webOS 2.0, which is not yet available for owners of the existing Palm Pre models.



"With webOS 2.0, we're advancing the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager with the newly formed Palm Global Business Unit at HP. "We've made tremendous strides since the platform launched, and now we?re taking our biggest leap forward with powerful new features that make it easier to get more things done with your webOS device."



The Pre 2 is pitched as the first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor. The hardware also features a 5-megapixel camera, a glass screen, and a "sleeker, streamlined design" that maintains a slide-out keyboard.



Advertised simply as "coming soon" and only on Verizon in the U.S., the device will have a 3.1-inch multi-touch screen with a 320x480-pixel HVGA display. It has 16GB of internal storage, built-in GPS, an accelerometer, and ambient light and proximity sensors.



Both the Pre 2 and webOS 2 mark the first major updates from Palm since the company released the first Palm Pre and webOS 1.0 in 2009. While the platform was viewed as a last-ditch attempt to save the ailing Palm, the company was acquired by HP in April for $1.2 billion.







Palm officially unveiled webOS 2.0 in August, when it released its beta software development kit to developers. The new version of webOS has new features like an expanded universal search that developers can tap into, and new HTML5 capabilities and enhancements.



HP took the opportunity Tuesday to highlight some of the features in the forthcoming webOS 2.0 update. They include:



True Multitasking - Pause a game, tap an email notification, check your calendar, read a restaurant review, send an email reply, then switch back to the game without closing anything. webOS lets you easily manage multiple open applications and notifications using natural touch gestures. New in webOS 2.0, Stacks logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Whether you?re reading email or planning a night on the town, Stacks keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is even easier.



Just Type - Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites ? all before you?ve even opened an app. With webOS 2.0, whenever you want to do something on your phone ? whether it?s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything ? just type. And Just Type is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.



HP Synergy - webOS was the first mobile OS to connect you seamlessly to multiple web services. With the Synergy feature, you just have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and your information automatically populates your phone. webOS 2.0 will extend the support for Synergy so developers can easily plug new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources directly into the core webOS experiences.



Exhibition - A new way to use your webOS phone, Exhibition lets you run apps designed specifically for the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock, turning charge time into useful time. Set your phone on the dock and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today?s agenda to a slideshow of your Facebook photos. Exhibition will enable developers to display aspects of their existing app experience or create specialized apps for use when users have their webOS device in charge mode on the charging dock.



Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta - With version 2.0, webOS now supports a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser, which provides access to rich, Flash-based web content.
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  • Reply 1 of 49
    cimcim Posts: 197member
    A dud from HPalm.
  • Reply 2 of 49
    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..
  • Reply 3 of 49
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CIM View Post


    A dud from HPalm.



    Yes, but Adobe must be dancing in the streets. If and when this phone actually hits the market, Adobe will be able to claim that 0.2% of smartphones run Flash instead of the current 0.1%.
  • Reply 4 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,306member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    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..



    If only to get Jon Rubinstein back to Apple so they could lock him in a dark cellar and throw away the key
  • Reply 5 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,306member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post


    Yes, but Adobe must be dancing in the streets. If and when this phone actually hits the market, Adobe will be able to claim that 0.2% of smartphones run Flash instead of the current 0.1%.



  • Reply 6 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,306member
    So a tablet running this OS or a version can't be far behind one would think.
  • Reply 7 of 49
    mrstepmrstep Posts: 446member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    ...with a 320x480-pixel HVGA display.



    Wait, what? Uh... so by the time this shows up, the Retina display Apple units will have been out how long? HP may need to try harder than this.
  • Reply 8 of 49
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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    If only to get Jon Rubinstein back to Apple so they could lock him in a dark cellar and throw away the key



    It would've cost $1.2B just lock him up in a dark cellar..
  • Reply 9 of 49
    Goodbye Pre's battery.... goodbye. At least it will be user replaceable. ;-)
  • Reply 10 of 49
    Quote:

    ...with a 320x480-pixel HVGA display.



    Also doesnt look to have a front facing camera, something that should be standard on all cellphones going forward imo.
  • Reply 11 of 49
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    So a tablet running this OS or a version can't be far behind one would think.



    The Pre 2 is really underwhelming and disappointing. Maybe HP will do better with webOS on a tablet. We'll find out next year I guess..
  • Reply 12 of 49
    kevtkevt Posts: 195member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    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.



    Decent OS but Palm were too late with it. The good ship 'Developers' had already sailed. And HP are even later.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    Maybe Apple should've bought Palm..



    Now that would have given them a fair fistful of patents for all these mounting lawsuits.
  • Reply 13 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,306member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    It would've cost $1.2B just lock him up in a dark cellar..



    You mean 'It would've ONLY cost $1.2B just lock him up in a dark cellar' worth every penny.
  • Reply 14 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,306member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gabberattack View Post


    Goodbye Pre's battery.... goodbye. At least it will be user replaceable. ;-)



    Adobe should offer to help pay for extra batteries?
  • Reply 15 of 49
    Maybe Apple didn't buy Palm because they were biding their time...



    maybe they're going to buy HP -- their market cap is only ~100 billion; Apple could get controlling share easy!
  • Reply 16 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,306member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iCarbon View Post


    Maybe Apple didn't buy Palm because they were biding their time...



    maybe they're going to buy HP -- their market cap is only ~100 billion; Apple could get controlling share easy!



    Oh a Toofer!



    But seriously tot sure why Apple would want to by HP though?
  • Reply 17 of 49
    Yea we will all be waiting in line 4 days for that release.
  • Reply 18 of 49
    hattighattig Posts: 830member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    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 unlikely that the Pre 2 had much influence from HP, it was probably mostly designed already by the time HP bought Palm.



    Indeed it looks mostly like a specification bump from the original Pre.



    I would hope that HP have plans for a more modern device with a higher resolution display and so on. It sounds like Palm WebOS would benefit from dual cores as well, so maybe 2011 will bring dual A9s for Palm devices.



    However Palm WebOS is still looking very slick.
  • Reply 19 of 49
    gqbgqb Posts: 1,934member
    There does seem to be one cool feature, called 'Just Type'.

    Looks like its the ability to quickly begin capturing thoughts, ideas, messages immediately, and determine the destination (note, email, document) later.

    I will admit that I frequently get caught up in finding/opening apps before starting my input, and bail on the process.



    Might not be a bad feature.

    Still don't want the whole package tho'.
  • Reply 20 of 49
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GQB View Post


    There does seem to be one cool feature, called 'Just Type'.

    Looks like its the ability to quickly begin capturing thoughts, ideas, messages immediately, and determine the destination (note, email, document) later.

    I will admit that I frequently get caught up in finding/opening apps before starting my input, and bail on the process.



    Might not be a bad feature.

    Still don't want the whole package tho'.



    Ditto
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