HP has announced a new Palm-branded smart phone running WebOS 2.0.
The company, which acquired ailing Palm in a $1.2 billion take-over in April, says that the Palm Pre 2 will be avaialble from Friday in France, and over the next few months in the USA and Canada.
“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 VP Jon Rubinstein. “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.”
WebOS will obvioulsy have its work cut out in a market dominated by Apple's iOS4, Google's hippy upstart Android and Microsoft's as-yet untried Windows Phone 7, but the gap left by the apparent demise of Symbian could give the HP OS a little room for traction.
WebOS 2.0 features proper multitasking, Just Type which has a bash at guessing what you're trying to do as soon as you start entering characters and HP Synergy which makes your Google, Facebook, Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo accounts play nicely with eachother.
The Pre 2 hardware has a soap bar design, a 1GHz procesor, a five megapixel camera, a glass screen and a slide-out keyboard.
Developers will be able to purchase unlocked UMTS versions of Pre 2 to use as a canvas to build the next generation of webOS applications and services.