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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

HP To Launch A Tablet Device By October

According to DigiTimes, HP will release a tablet device by the end of October. However, it has not been confirmed whether the tablet will running the WebOS or Windows 7. The Vice-President of HP Taiwan, Mr. Monty Wong said that HP would announce tablet and mobile based devices after HP completes the acquisition of Palm by the end of July.   He also said that the company would not launch Net books running on the WebOS. According to him, net books are similar to PCs in their usage and functionality.

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Mr Wong also said that the HP Slate featuring the WebOS and/or Windows 7 would hit the retail market sometime in October. Along with the launch of the HP Slate, users will also be offered access to a huge catalogue of applications. DigiTimes does not mention whether Mr Wong was talking about a WebOS based tablet or a Windows 7 based tablet. It is rumoured that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device dubbed Hurricane. The device is expected to hit the retail market in the third quarter of this year.

It is very well a possibility that Mr Wong was talking about the HP Hurricane only. We need to wait until the end of July or for some HP Slate news to leak to get a confirmation on this one!

HP “Hurricane” webOS Based Tablet Device Might be Launched In 3rd Quarter Of This Year

It was just a week ago that HP announced that it will acquire Palm for $1.2 billion. The acquisition of Palm has given HP control over arguably the best mobile phone operating system the webOS. HP even said that they planhp to “scale it (webOS) across multiple connected devices.” Everybody concluded that HP meant that they will launch a webOS based tablet device soon, and apparently everyone is right.

The Examiner reports that an insider at HPhas told them that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device. The tablet device will supposedly be released by the third quarter of this year. The code name of the tablet device is Hurricane. It looks like the holiday season of 2010 is surely going to be an awesome one, with the launch of so many tablet devices and WP7 based phones.

HP was earlier working on the HP Slate tablet running on Windows 7. Over the past week, many rumours cropped up that the HP Slate is now dead, and I think it is true. It won’t make any sense for HP to launch a Windows 7 based tablet device, instead of using the webOS from Palm.

HP Will Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion

Palm-HP Palm Inc. may live after all. Hewlett-Packard has announced that it has finalized agreements to buy Palm for $1.2 billion. This ends weeks of speculation about Palm’s future. In spite of Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein’s assurances that Palm would be fine on its own, most pundits believed that an acquisition was the only way Palm could survive. Everyone from Lenovo to HTC had been rumored to be interested in Palm, which has seen its value dwindle rapidly over the past few months.

Besides providing HP a foothold in the profitable smartphone segment, this acquisition will also allow HP to gain access to Palm’s impressive patent portfolio. However, the biggest gain for HP is undoubtedly the webOS, which powers Palm Pixi and Palm Pre.

According to Brian Humphries, HP’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, webOS is the best-in-class mobile operating system. Our intent is to double down on webOS. When asked to expand on his comment, Humphries added, “We think it’s one of the best operating systems out there today. We see nothing in development in the next 3 to 5 years that comes close. We want to take HP’s financial strength and use it to take webOS to the next level.

WebOS is indeed an excellent platform that was let down by less than adequate hardware. Until now, its future was clouded by uncertainty. However, HP’s backing not only guarantees a second-generation webOS but also increases the possibility of accelerated development. We could also see webOS being used in a wider array of products including tablet PCs and netbooks.

Snarky and Amusing Comments Present within Palm webOS Code [Friday Fun]

Welcome to another edition of Friday Fun. Working on large software development projects can be quite demanding, especially if you have a deadline to meet. During this demanding period, it is a common practice among developers to unleash their creativity (and also let off steam) through code comments.

Palm-webOSUsers at PreCentral.net have managed to locate quite a few snarky and amusing comments present in Palm’s webOS code. While they aren’t as insane as the ones spotted by Codeulate (warning: NFSW), they are amusing and interesting in their own geeky way. While one developer labeled users as “slimy ******* users”, another revealed the time constraints he was working under. Here are some of my favorites:

  • //<-- gaze into the javascript abyss
  • // This should not happen
  • // Every time you call this, somewhere a kitten dies
  • // this is weird
  • // Welcome to the house of javascript hacks. Please enjoy your stay!
  • // Finally remove any remaining scripts to avoid any evilness they may bring
  • // TODO: Peter will fix this
  • // On the offchance that the user hits the ‘minimize’
    // before we finished capture … slimy ******* users.
  • var depressed = false; // spot the pun!
  • // hide all buttons and plead for patience.
  • //TODO: this is not a great user experience, but will get the job done given the time constraints.
    // A preferable solution would be to add a spinner while the account is being deleted or send the
    // user to the accountpreferences assistant and invoke the Remove Account button.

(via fearphage)