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 2 Now Available At Verizon For $149.99

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Back in October, HP announced the first smartphone which runs on the HP’s latest webOS 2.0 operating system. HP Pre 2 is the successor of the popular Palm Pre smartphone. This handset is already available in many countries including the UK, Germany, Canada, Russia, etc. Sadly, this handset was delayed in the US for some unknown reasons. The wait is finally over. HP Pre 2 is currently available for purchase in the US, exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless.

HP Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 320×480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz p rocessor, webOS 2.0 operating system, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 3G Connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16 GB internal memory, 512 RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Microsoft Exchange, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and so on.

HP Pre 2 allows you to buy and download music using the Amazon MP3 app when on a Wi-Fi hotspot. This handset also supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging from the US to anywhere in the world. HP Pre 2 is currently available for just $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two years service agreement.

Palm Pre 2 Now Available In UK For €499

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We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of Palm Pre 2 in the UK. HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, is finally available for purchase in the UK. This handset was launched last week in Germany for €499. It is the first smartphone which runs on the webOS 2.0 Operating System.

Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch touchscreen display with 320×480 pixels resolution,1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and more. It comes with different connectivity options such as GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and MicroUSB.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 350 hours of stand-by time and 5.5 hours of talktime.

Palm Pre 2 is available SIM-free and unlocked in the UK. It comes with a price tag of €499. This handset is already launched in France and Germany, and it will be soon available in the US and Canada.

Palm Pre 2 To Go On Sale From Tomorrow In UK

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HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, which was announced last month will go on sale from tomorrow in the UK. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it runs on the webOS 2.0 operating system. This handset was launched last month in France, but it is still not available in the US and UK.

Palm Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, 320×480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and more.

Earlier, HP posted on their HP for Students Facebook page that, the device will be available for pre-order from November 8th, but the handset is still not available in the US. Hewlett Packard has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the unlocked version of Palm Pre 2 will be available from tomorrow in the UK. The price of this handset is not announced yet.

Palm Pre 2 Pre-Orders To Begin On November 8

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Last month HP announced the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone. It is the first device which runs on the HP’s latest operating system, the webOS 2.0. HP recently posted on their HP for Students Facebook page that, the device will be available for pre-order from November 8th.

Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display with 320×480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Microsoft Exchange, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and more.

HP didn’t revealed the price of the device, nor they have  commented on whether it would be the unlocked GSM version, Verizon’s CDMA model or both. Verizon is expected to sell the device from November 11. Earlier, HP’s Product Manager, Tim Pettitt said in an interview that, HP will offer an unlocked GSM version of the Palm Pre 2 in the coming months to US consumers.

Palm Pre 2 Coming To AT&T And Rogers?

HP, yesterday, announced the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone. It is the first device which runs on the HP’s latest operating system, the webOS 2.0. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it is much thinner than the previous handset. Palm Pre 2 was earlier expected to be available on the airwaves of Verizon in the U.S, but the source code of Palm’s U.S. and Canadian sites shows that the HP’s latest smartphone might also be available on the airwaves of AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.

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Palm Pre 2 Specifications:

  • 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display
  • 320×480 pixels resolution
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 1GHz processor
  • webOS 2.0 operating system
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash
  • Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Proximity sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • 5.5 hours of talktime

Palm Pre 2 will be available from October 22 in the France. This handset will be available in the coming month in U.S. An unlocked UMTS version of the Palm Pre 2 will be available for the developers to develop mobile applications for the webOS 2.0. The price of this handset is not available yet. Are you planning to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments below.

HP Palm Pre 2 Announced

Along with the webOS 2.0, HP also announced the successor to the Palm Pre the Palm Pre 2. The Palm Pre 2 will be powered by a 1GHz processor, from OMAP in all probability. The Pre 2 will feature a 3.1-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will also sport a 5MP camera along with a LED flash, extended depth of field and video recording. HP_Palm_Pre_2

The usual GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, 3.5mm jack, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor are also present. The Pre 2 will also have 16GB of on board memory for all your storage needs. The handset will also support Mobile Access Point (AP) feature for up to five devices.

The Pre 2 will be running on the HP webOS 2.0. The handset will be hitting France this Friday on the SFR network. The Pre 2 will be hitting the U.S. under the Verizon network in the coming months’.

In the U.S., Developers will also be able to order an unlocked Pre 2 (UMTS). Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the pricing of the Pre 2. Click here for more information about the Palm Pre 2.