HP Still Pushing Pre 2 Updates

Despite being relegated to certain death, HP is actually still providing software updates to webOS.

Although HP has squandered millions (actually, billions)  with their acquisition of Palm for webOS, developed and then torched their TouchPad in an attempt to hit billboard status, beyond all expectations, they are still working on webOS behind the scenes. The webOS-Internals team is reporting that the Pre 2, now almost a year old, is set to receive an update to OS 2.2.4 which almost brings it to parity with features of the rare Pre 3.

If you’re unfortunate enough to have both a Pre 2 and a TouchPad, this update will allow the devices to talk over bluetooth in order to share text messages, as well as phone calls. While using bluetooth is a good way to keep the data local, iPhone and iPad users have iMessage which syncs over iCloud in order to keep your messages up-to-date on all devices, which means you don’t need to be in close proximity of your phone. A much better implementation.

Amongst all the hullabaloo concerning mobile security, webOS 2.2.4 also implements encryption for the local filesystem. This likely means system databases and essential files are either stored within a real cryptfs or are encrypted separately. Not quite as handy as having the ability to remote wipe without running your own Exchange server, but it’s a step in the right direction for data integrity.

Hopefully some bugs were squashed and there’s more to the changelog than 5 features, but judging by the package size (46MB), it’s not likely. It’s still unfortunate that webOS is floating in limbo with HP, but it’s great to see that the webOS team is still looking at the future for current users.

HP Pre 3 Up For Pre-Order In the UK

Back in February, HP announced the amazing Pre 3 smartphone. This handset runs on the HP webOS 2.2 Operating System and it comes with a 3.6 inch touchscreen display, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, etc. HP Pre 3 is the successor of the HP’s popular Palm Pre 2 smartphone. This handset was expected to release during this month in the UK, but it was delayed due to some unknown reason.

The folks living in the UK, can now go ahead and pre-order the HP Pre 3 smartphone. Mobiles.co.uk, a popular online retailer is currently taking the pre-orders of this powerful smartphone. This device will be exclusively available for the Orange and T-Mobile customers in the UK. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

hp pre 3

HP Pre 3 features a 3.6 inch touchscreen display sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor, HP webOS platform, Slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, front-facing camera for video calling and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Active noise cancellation, Mobile hotspot, 512MB DRAM, 8GB / 16GB internal memory, A-GPS, Wifi b/g/n, 3G connectivity, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Mobile Hotspot, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta and a 1230 mAh battery.

Orange customers can get this handset for free with a 2 year service agreement and a minimum monthly plan of £30. On the other hand, T-Mobile UK customers can get this handset for free with a 2 year contract and a £25.54 per month plan. To pre-order the HP Pre 3, head over to this page.