HP today announced HP webOS 2.0, a significant update to the
platform since its launch in 2009 as well as the Palm Pre 2
The first device to run webOS 2.0, HP's new Palm Pre 2
smartphone, will be available Friday in France from SFR and is
scheduled to be available in the coming months in the United
States from Verizon Wireless and in Canada, HP said.
"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, Palm
Global Business Unit, 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."
claims that the webOS 2.0 offers consumers applications not
available on any other platform, while providing developers
the tools to integrate their applications and services. The
next generation of webOS offers:
- 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
- HP Synergy - webOS was the first mobile OS to connect you 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.
webOS 2.0 also includes many more new features, including the
- Favorites - With webOS 2.0, you can tag your favorite
contacts so they appear as favorites in Phone and Contacts
views. When you search for them by name, they instantly show
up at the top of the Contacts, Email, Messaging and Phone
- Skype Mobile (Verizon Wireless only) - For Verizon Wireless
customers, webOS 2.0 supports Skype-to-Skype calls and
messaging while in the United States to anywhere in the world,
and low-rate calls to international landlines and cell phones.
- Text Assist - webOS 2.0 offers greatly expanded capabilities
to spell check, auto correct, set up macros and customize the
- Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite - An all-new document
viewer from the leading provider of mobile document viewers
offers support for Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
documents and provides integration with a variety of services,
including Google Docs and Dropbox.
- Facebook 2.0 - Available via the Palm App Catalog, Facebook
2.0 will support Facebook IM via Synergy in the Messaging
application, as well as Stacks, status updates via Quick
Action and the Exhibition feature.
- Browser - The browser adds support for more HTML5 features,
including geolocation support. OpenSearch plug-in support
makes it easy to add your favorite websites to Just Type web
- Messaging - The unified Messaging app in webOS 2.0 adds
Yahoo! IM and buddy management. Customers can now connect to
their buddies through SMS, MMS, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo!
- VPN - webOS 2.0 supports the most popular ways to connect to
a corporate network, including IPsec and Cisco AnyConnect
mobile-optimized VPN, which supports SSL (TLS and DTLS).
- App Catalog - The redesigned Palm App Catalog makes finding
and discovering great apps even easier. And the new
Software Manager helps you keep your apps up-to-date.
- Launcher - A redesigned app launcher lets you add, label and
reorder launcher pages.
- Phone - The webOS 2.0 Phone app lets you easily dial your
favorites and offers reverse area code lookup and Skype Mobile
integration (Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless only).
- Accounts - The new Accounts app provides a single place to
manage all your Synergy accounts.
- Bluetooth keyboards - webOS now supports Bluetooth keyboards
and Bluetooth SPP peripherals, enabling applications such as
barcode readers and realty lock boxes.
- A host of developer features - In addition to Exhibition,
Just Type and Synergy APIs, webOS 2.0 adds Node.JS, enabling
use the webOS Plug-In Development Kit (PDK) to combine C/C++
with web technologies in a single app.
Introducing Palm Pre 2
HP also introduced the Palm Pre 2 smartphone. Pre 2 is the
first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor and features a
5-megapixel camera, a 3.1-inch multitouch screen (320x480)
display, a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard,
More information about Palm Pre 2, including features and
specifications, is available at www.palm.com/Pre2.
Palm Pre 2 featuring webOS 2.0 will be available Friday in
France from SFR and is scheduled to be available in the coming
months in the United States from Verizon Wireless and in
Canada. The webOS 2.0 update will be delivered to HP's
existing customers in the coming months.