HP Announces webOS 2.0 Release, Palm Pre 2

HP this morning has announced that webOS 2.0 will be released first on the new Palm Pre 2. The Palm Pre 2 will be launched in France on Friday and will be available “in the coming months” on Verizon Wireless. Canada will also see the Palm Pre 2, but no carrier has been announced. As for existing users you can expect to see the big webOS 2.0 update “in the coming months“. Full presser after the break.
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webOS 2.0 Preview Video

Once again, it appears a developer has shown complete disregard for the NDA they signed, posting a video preview of webOS on Interwebs. The good news is that we all benefit from a preview of what’s coming in webOS 2.0 and does it look good.

via Engadget

Palm Releases webOS 2.0 SDK, Includes Awesome-sauce

Palm just dropped a whole lot of information on the upcoming webOS 2.0, including the release of the webOS 2.0 SDK starting today. Still no word on when webOS 2.0 will land on our devices or a mythical new device, but this is a great first step and there is plenty to get excited about. Palm briefed the gents at Engadget and here’s our take on the updated features.

webOS 2.0 Stacks

  • Stacks: An extension of the cards metaphor, stacks allows you to group related cards. Have a bunch of cards displaying webpages, they will be neatly organized into a stack. They’ve taken one of the best features of webOS and improved upon it. Bravo!
  • Just Type: Universal search is now given a new name, “Just Type”, along with some new tricks. They have opened up the API to developers, so now “Just Type” search is accessible by third party apps.
  • Quick Actions: This is a developer feature, but one that will have long reaching effects on end users. Developers can utilize quick actions to perform a string of events. Palm explains that with Quick Actions, ” you will be able to start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites-all without having to launch an app.” Sounds like AppleScript, but on a mobile phone. Extremely powerful and it’ll be interesting to see how devs incorporate this into webOS.
  • Synergy Improvements: Developers now have access to Synergy, so they can leverage the “contact joining” that was previously available to apps like Facebook.
  • HTML 5 Enhancements: Improved support for HTML 5, including image data and gradient use with Canvas, the availability of local and session storage, geolocations support and application cache functions.
  • Javascript Services: Palm is allowing access to node.js runtime environment, which in turn allows developers the ability to use a large library of standardized API’s.
  • PDK plugins: The PDK plugin will be out of beta and now fully integrated into the SDK. Palm explains this will allow developers the ability mix PDK elements with Mojo development.

Stacks and Just Type are of course the most notable features since most end users can easily relate to front end features. The other improvements, while geared towards developers, should improve the developer experience.

What do you want in webOS 2.0?

Palm is expected to release webOS 1.4.5 shortly, but for many the big update will be webOS 2.0. Little is known about what’s included in the update and we’re not certain it will land this year. With CES in early January, webOS 2.0 coupled with new hardware would certainly make a big splash. As for me, it’s time to revisit the launcher. With the expanding selections in the App Catalog, it’s getting more and more difficult to organize apps. Dare I say, but borrowing folders from iOS would be a good start or perhaps using tabs. Regardless of what features you’d like to see in webOS 2.0, one thing we can all agree upon is speed.

New hardware aside, what do you want to see in webOS 2.0? Folders, widgets, HD Video? Sound off in the comments.

OpenGL Files Found, webOS 2.0 On Horizon?

According to webOSInternals (via Twitter), there are a few files in webOS 1.3.5 that indicate possible support for OpenGL. What’s this mean? Support for OpenGL would pave the way for rich, graphic rich 3D games and apps. If you listen closely, webOS developers are craving GPU support and apparently this might be in the cards (pun intended).


This would certainly usher in dramatic changes for webOS and worthy of bump in the OS identifier to 2.0.  More importantly, this would allow for more robust apps and a snappier user experience. While we certainly applaud Palm for the regular influx of bug fixes and improvements, support for OpenGL could change the entire webOS experience for the better.

Is it too soon to ask for webOS 2.0? CES is next week and we’ll be providing live coverage. Can Palm deliver two years in a row?