Palm Pre 2 and webOS 2.0 officially launch

A couple of weeks back, we heard rumours of an updated Palm device and platform, which has now been confirmed as the Palm Pre 2 and webOS 2.0. Amazingly, it has a shelf date of this week - in France anyway.

Details of the handset are fairly minimal, so we'll have to presume that the update doesn't offer much more than the addition of a gigahertz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a glass screen and a more streamlined design. That's all the company is offering in terms of detail. By way of contrast, it can't say enough about webOS 2.0.

Updates and upgrades are seemingly plentiful. '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.'

Those updates include True Multitasking across the handset, Just Type, which is fast access to all your phones functions, HP Synergy for easy sign-in to all your networks and apps, Exhibition, which turns your phone into something useful when docked and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta - pretty self-explanatory. webOS 2.0 includes many more new features including, Favourites, Skype Mobile, Text Assist, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, Facebook 2.0, Browser, Messaging, VPN, App Catalog, Launcher, Phone, Accounts, Bluetooth keyboards and a host of developers features.

The good news is that both device and software will be landing in days. The bad news for the UK is that the phone hits France immediately and the US and Canada in a month, with the UK lacking a launch date right now. However, for existing users, the outlook is slightly better, with the company claiming that 'the webOS 2.0 update will be delivered to existing customers in the coming months, with exact timing to be announced at a later date.'


So if you've got an original webOS device, you'll get a rather impressive update. More details on all UK launches when we get it - we suspect before the year is out.

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