vacancies advertise contact news tip The Vault
Win with Seagate - Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD! [x]
facebook rss twitter

HP launches webOS 2.0 and the Palm Pre 2

by Scott Bicheno on 19 October 2010, 17:20

Tags: Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ)

Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qa2l6

Add to My Vault: x

Palm, the sequel

Computing giant HP has launched the first major revision to webOS - the mobile operating system it acquired with Palm. Versin 2.0 features a bunch of improvements which HP will be hoping keeps the OS competitive and will be launched on a new handset - the Pre2.

"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 HP SVP and GM of Palm, Jon Rubenstein. 

"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."

Among the highlighted new features of webOS 2.0 are:

  • Multitasking enhanced with ‘Stacks'
  • Enhancements to ‘Just Type'
  • HP Synergy social networking
  • ‘Exhibition' apps designed specifically for when the phone is recharging
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta

The handset will be available in France on Friday (this is turning out to be a pretty big week for new smartphones) and then in the US and Canada in the coming months. There was no word about the rest of the world; was it something we said, HP?

Here are some more specs. The Palm Pre 2 will have a 1GHz processor which HP hasn't specified. But if we assume it's an OMAP, as the first Pre had, we're probably looking at an OMAP 3640.

  • 3.1-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color, 320x480 resolution HVGA display
  • Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS
  • 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture
  • Accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity sensors
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using Palm mobile hotspot
  • 16GB storage (~15GB user available)





HEXUS Forums :: 7 Comments

Login with Forum Account

Don't have an account? Register today!
Exceptionally low res screen for a modern smartphone
directhex
Exceptionally low res screen for a modern smartphone

Iphone 3GS is same pixels at 3.5“, so is technically lower quality. It's a small screen but not *that* low a resolution. Smaller screen might give better battery life too. So some people mike like this in preference to the big 4” screens on some recent Android models.
directhex
Exceptionally low res screen for a modern smartphone

Same as my HTC Magic which is *very* usable (IMNSHO, of course). It won't be ideal for web browsing, but for most other smart phone activities it'll be ample.
scaryjim
Same as my HTC Magic which is *very* usable (IMNSHO, of course). It won't be ideal for web browsing, but for most other smart phone activities it'll be ample.

The Magic is an ancient device though. This isn't out yet.

Peter Parker;1993805
Iphone 3GS is same pixels at 3.5“, so is technically lower quality. It's a small screen but not *that* low a resolution. Smaller screen might give better battery life too. So some people mike like this in preference to the big 4” screens on some recent Android models.

I'll believe it when I see it - battery life is already awful on the original Pre, so I doubt giving it a faster CPU and the same display will do much for battery life.
the CPU is double the frequency but aparentyl uses less power than the original. also WebOS2.0 should have improvements galore.

and 3.1" screen with 320x480 is perfect. i use one, never had a problem with webpages, games, anything i do.

and as mentioned, the 3GS screen is bigger with the same res.