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HP Introduces webOS 2.0 and Palm Pre 2 – Helpful links and resources

Today, HP announced the most significant update to webOS ever -- webOS 2.0 -- along with a new phone, the Palm Pre 2.


For the full details, including carrier availability, check out today’s press release and the official Palm blog.


palm-pre-2.jpgSome highlights from today’s news:

1.       Multitasking is being enhanced with the new Stacks feature, which logically groups together your open apps.

2.       Enhancements in Just Type make it even easier to start common activities, like composing an email, creating a message, updating your status, or searching your favorite websites. All you have to do is start typing and webOS takes you there.

3.       With webOS 2.0, your browser can now display Flash content thanks to the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta.

4.       Verizon Wireless customers using webOS 2.0 will be able to use Skype Mobile for Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging.

5.       webOS 2.0 will show up first on the new Palm Pre 2, also introduced today. Developers will be able to buy an unlocked UMTS version of Pre 2 in the U.S.

6.       The Pre 2 is faster (it’s the first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor), features a 5-megapixel camera, and still offers the pleasing combination of a vivid touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.


More information about the developer purchase program for Palm Pre 2 can be found here and more details on webOS 2.0 are available here.


Comment from Jon Rubinstein, general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, and senior vice president, HP:


“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.  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.”

Duncan(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 02:49 PM

This is absolutely ridiculous. I'm a day 1 Pre owner with Sprint and this news is just a kick in the teeth. Loyal WebOS users are getting shafted while Verizon, the same company that didn't even want to see the Pre, get this device first. I'm completely outraged. I've waited this long for a new phone and nothing. Android is really looking good now.

jloh(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 03:55 PM

....maybe sprint pre users need to be mad at sprint for not getting the pre2???  Did they not have the option to buy the pre2?

Ethan_Bauley | ‎10-19-2010 04:19 PM

Duncan, we appreciate the feedback -- stay tuned for news of other products for other carriers and countries as they're available.



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Max A(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 04:52 PM

Will the "old" Pre be supported by webOS a 100%?

I hope you don't act the way Apple did, inhibiting customers just to sell more new devices and only bring out a partial functional Firmware.


I look forward for the over the air release by O2 Germany :smileyhappy:


BTW: Your Spell Check doesn't know webOS:smileywink:

EagleIT(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 05:04 PM

Magnificent! Go, go, go HP :smileyhappy:

Fernando Cassia(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 05:06 PM

Down here in South America,  we use GSM and WCDMA (3G on 850/1900 Mhz). I hope HP doesn´t start copying Palm´s previous flawed strategy of releasing Verizon-only phones on the US first, and GSM versions for the rest of the world half to one year later...

gypsyballer(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 05:40 PM

I too am disappointed by the Verizon announcement.  Sprint Pre users have been the loyal of the loyal and all this news is upsetting and frustrating.  We had to watch Verizon and ATT get the Pre Plus and now this?  We would love to hear anything about a future device on Sprint.  I have an upgrade available and am getting inpatient.  It is hard to watch all these uber phones come out and we still hold on to our slow and old Pre.  The only reason I still have it is the wonderful WebOS. This news feels like a punch in the stomach for my loyalty.  I am really going to consider EVO or Epic if I don't hear something soon.

Pre User(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 06:13 PM

I really hope you have more to offer at CES. WebOS is a great platform, but if I don't see something more significant in January, I'll have to move on.


Don't let us down.

America(anon) | ‎10-19-2010 08:04 PM

GYPSYBALLER, you talk as if the Palm Pre was originally released to all carriers...

I'm a AT&Tcustomer for the past 11.5 years and a Palm user since 2001.

One question:

Didn't the whole world have to wait when Sprint was the only carrier that had the Palm Pre?...

I'm sure now you dont feel so bad as to wait a few month...

Most of us Palm users have been loyal to Palm and we all wish the Pre was released to all carriers but the fact is that we all have to wait.

On the other hand, yes, other brands may be tempting but you sound like most likely you will stick to Palm.  I have the feeling that you will wait...


cj(anon) | ‎10-20-2010 05:21 AM

will the palm pre "1" be able to update to OS 2.0?

dhr1(anon) | ‎10-20-2010 01:08 PM

I really don't care if it is HP or Sprint that couldn't agree to terms.  I do care that the consumer has not been provided the choice to have an upgrade on a system them have invested.  I have great service with Sprint, not such good luck with the palm pre that has had issues in software and hardware.  If Sprint was to be fortunate to get the iPhone, I would ditch HP/Palm in a heartbeat.   I would also no longer buy any other products make by HP.  Forgetting ones customers should have consequences.  FIX the problem with Sprint or announce what the new phone they will be getting will be.  This should not be that difficult.

Pre_W_Sprint(anon) | ‎11-15-2010 02:34 AM

This is an outrage... I have a Palm PRE since the first day with sprint and have always been loyal to sprint and hp and had a lot of hopes when HP bought shares from palm.  Now I see that it is not going to worth it. Sprint launched the PRE and web OS 2 should also be offered there too.  If not I think I will be moving all my technology to Apple at least they are loyal to their customers....

Yoda(anon) | ‎11-15-2010 12:09 PM

I should like everything HP because it pays my salary. But the form factor is a bit out dated. Too bulky compared to iPhone and Android phones. Sorry .....

phil.bennett | ‎11-15-2010 02:01 PM

It was a bit disappointing to see that the Developer Device Program is USA only. Is there a plan to expand this to other countries?

Dan J(anon) | ‎02-10-2011 04:50 AM

Yeah - I was on the fence. As an early adopter and fierce supporter I thought I would at least be acknowledged but I've noticed that HP doesn't treat their customer base the way Palm did. I'm done - going to look at the iphone and droid tomorrow. I'm not throwing any more money into this betamax black hole. 

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