HP Plans WebOS Event After CES

If you’re concerned that HP and Palm won’t be announcing anything ground breaking at CES 2011, you’ll be happy to know that an event is taking place in San Francisco on February the 9th.

The motto on the event invitation reads “Think big. Think small. Think beyond.” Could this be the next-gen smartphone hardware we’ve been hearing about? Perhaps it’s about a tablet styled device or the public release of developer-only features to WebOS? The sky is the limit when it comes to WebOS, hopefully HP and Palm don’t get clobbered by the suspected lack of presence at CES and are able to get the public re-invigorated and warmed up to WebOS.

Via: PreCentral

PalmPad Sketch Gets Leaked

With CES 2011 right around the corner in January, it should come as no surprise that HP/Palm are gearing up to release a slew of new devices; included in that list should be the PalmPad. Detailed to have a 9.7screen, USB 3.0 port and an HDMI-out port, the PalmPad is one of many new tablet-style devices running WebOS. The sketch image shows off an optional docking station can that be attached to the device, as well as what looks to be an SD card slot, volume toggles and a multi-function switch.

Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon for tablet devices, and WebOS is sure to be a big hit with better hardware. Let’s hope that HP/Palm really do make this official for CES.

Via: PreCentral

Rogers Releases Palm Pre for $99

The Palm Pre 2 is now available on Rogers Wireless in Canada, for the low price of $99 on a 3 year contract. The Pre 2 is the newest device from HP and Palm running WebOS. This iteration of hardware comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and the usual connectivity options including GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Pre 2 is the successor to the Pre Plus and the Pre, before that. Rogers adds a heavy subsidy when going from a 2 year up to a 3 year term. The off-contract price is $449.99, $399 for a 1 year and $349 for a 2 year.

The Pre 2 is also available online, unlocked and directly from Palm for $449 USD.

WebOS Gets A Virtual Keyboard Thanks To 2.0

The fine folks at PreCentral have shown a Palm Pre 2, with WebOS 2.0 of course, and the infamous virtual keyboard that is going to be more than a recommendation if Palm plans on delving into the tablet market. Without a patch, displaying the keyboard is actually done by keying in a specific combination on the physical keyboard the irony is awesome.

Of course, the community has come to the aid and now with the regular half swipeto bring up the normal shortcuts, the virtual keyboard is shown. Still not ideal, but an ingenious solution nevertheless. Hopefully Palm implements this properly, and it is displayed automatically when a text field is available and the hardware keyboard is hidden. WebOS is getting polished all over on the software side, now consumers are just waiting for new and improved hardware with a different form factor.

Source: PreCentral.net

webOS 2.0 Coming to Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus

The Palm Pre 2 was launched a few weeks back in the US and the UK. Besides the upgraded hardware, the main reason why the Palm Pre 2 is an excellent smartphone option is because it sports the revamped new webOS 2.0. The successor to webOS is much faster and much more refined than version 1.0.

Today, we have some news that will bring a smile to the face of everyone who owns a Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus. All these devices will be getting an upgrade to webOS 2.0.

Palm’s Josh Marinacci stated at the webOS Developer Day that HP / Palm intends to get webOS 2.0 on all existing webOS devices in the coming months. No specific upgrade timeline has been announced though.

Check out his full presentation here

via PreCentral

HP Shipping the Palm Pre 2 for $450

HP Palm Pre 2The new Palm Pre 2, the successor to the Palm Pre, has been launched in both the US and the UK. It has been available in the UK for about €499. Starting today, HP is selling the unlocked Palm Pre 2 for just $449. It is available in stock and ships within 24 hours.

The Palm Pre 2 sports the revamped webOS 2.0 and comes with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It offers 16 GB internal storage and sports a 5 MP camera with LED flash.

It has a 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

You can order it online at Palm Pre 2 – HP

Palm Pre 2 Now Available In UK For €499

palm pre 2

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.

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.

HP Announces webOS 2.0: Improved Multi-tasking, Flash, Skype and More

Palm’s webOS was hailed by critics as the best mobile operating system in the market when it was launched. Unfortunately, the lack of appealing handsets coupled with poor buzz led to disappointing sales for the would-be iPhone killer. When HP bought Palm, many of us hoped that its financial clout might just turn out to be what the doctor ordered. On its part, HP made it clear that they view webOS as a prized possession, and would like to “double down” on it.


HP has just announced the next generation webOS, and at least on paper, it’s an impressive update. 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 Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. 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.

HP webOS 2.0 will improve Palm’s original card metaphor interface and add powerful multi-tasking capabilities. The stacks feature in webOS 2.0 will automatically group related cards together to create a more intuitive multi-tasking environment.


Another new feature in webOS is Just Type, which is an evolution of Universal Search. Whenever you want to e-mail, send an SMS, update your status, or just search, you can simply start typing. WebOS will automatically take you to the appropriate destination. The Just Type feature can also be tapped into by app developers to provide a richer user experience. PalmCentral has a nice low-down on this new feature that is worth checking out.

HP has also beefed up webOS’ social capabilities with HP Synergy, which can be used by developers to add new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources. The unified messaging app now includes support for Yahoo! Messenger. Other new features include Flash and Skype (for Verizon Wireless customers) support.

Palm Pre 2, which was also just announced, will be the first device to carry webOS 2.0. Pre 2 will be go on sale on Friday in France, and will be available in the coming months in the U.S. from Verizon Wireless.

HP To Release WebOS Tablet in Q1 2011

HP today confirmed that it will be launching a webOS tablet soon. Todd Bradley, Executive VP, HP’s Personal Systems Group, told employees that a webOS tablet would arrive in early 2011, but he officially declared it today in an investor call, in response to a question on whether tablets were hurting HP’s netbook sales.

HP webOS Tablet

HP acquired Palm earlier this year for $1.2 billion, primarily for webOS which it plans to use in its tablets, smartphones and netbooks.

They also plan to release a Microsoft Windows 7 tablet in the near future. While the webOS tablet will be aimed at consumers, the Windows 7 tablet will be aimed at enterprise users.

No other details are out yet, but we can expect them soon.