Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Friday launch for webOS 2.0 from HP and the Palm Pre 2

H-P this morning confirmed the launch of their new mobile operating system, webOS 2.0 to be released for the Palm Pre 2 first in France, the United States and Canada.

The device and software will be available on Friday.

webOS 2.0 could revive sagging Palm sales as it brings to market a host of competitive features, some of which include HP's Synergy which simultaneous connects you to a variety of social services including Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo!.

True multitasking is on board, and for those who crave Flash (Hello Apple users ?!), the latest version of Adobe's Flash Player is included as well.

SFR will do the France roll-out and Verizon Wireless will market the phone in the United States and Canada.

Verizon users with have a native Skype app.

Other features include a full (HTML5) web browser with geo-location support, Facebook 2.0, a multi-service messaging client app and a variety of unique features and available apps.

The launch comes one week after Microsoft's announcement of Windows Phone 7 and will also compete with a host of smartphones including Apple's iPhone 4 and the dramatically growing selection of Google Android powered phones.

Update Oct 19, 2010 10 AM: H-P has just confirmed the Friday launch date via Business Wire here with additional information and more links.

Update 2 (Clarification): The Palm Pre 2 will be available Friday in France and then in a 'couple of months' here in the states from Verizon Wireless (Thanks for the notes :)

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