HP webOS 2.0 Unveiled
HP today announced HP webOS 2.0, the most significant update to the platform since its launch in 2009 and a substantial step in HPâs vision to transform how people think, feel and connect.
The first device to run webOS 2.0, HPâs new Palm Pre 2 smartphone, will be available Friday in France from SFR and is scheduled to be available in the coming months in the United States from Verizon Wireless and in Canada.
Highlights of New Features:
Favorites: With webOS 2.0, you can tag your favorite contacts so they appear as favorites in Phone and Contacts views. When you search for them by name, they instantly show up at the top of the Contacts, Email, Messaging and Phone apps. Favorites make it simple to get in touch fast.
Skype Mobile (Verizon Wireless only): For Verizon Wireless customers, webOS 2.0 supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging while in the United States to anywhere in the world, and low-rate calls to international landlines and cell phones.
Text Assist: webOS 2.0 offers greatly expanded capabilities to spell check, auto correct, set up macros and customize the dictionary.
Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite: An all-new document viewer from the leading provider of mobile document viewers offers support for Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and provides integration with a variety of services, including Google Docs and Dropbox.
Facebook 2.0: Available via the Palm App Catalog, Facebook 2.0 will support Facebook IM via Synergy in the Messaging application,as well as Stacks, status updates via Quick Action and the Exhibition feature.
Browser: The browser adds support for more HTML5 features, including geolocation support. OpenSearch plug-in support makes it easy to add your favorite websites to Just Type web search.
Messaging: The unified Messaging app in webOS 2.0 adds Yahoo! IM and buddy management. Customers can now connect to their buddies through SMS, MMS, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo! IM.
VPN: webOS 2.0 supports the most popular ways to connect to a corporate network, including IPsec and Cisco AnyConnect mobile-optimized VPN, which supports SSL (TLS and DTLS).
App Catalog: The redesigned Palm App Catalog makes finding and discovering great apps even easier. And the new Software Manager helps you keep your apps up-to-date.
Launcher: A redesigned app launcher lets you add, label and reorder launcher pages.
Phone: The webOS 2.0 Phone app lets you easily dial your favorites and offers reverse area code lookup and Skype Mobile integration (Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless only).
Accounts: The new Accounts app provides a single place to manage all your Synergy accounts.
Bluetooth keyboards: webOS now supports Bluetooth keyboards and Bluetooth SPP peripherals, enabling applications such as barcode readers and realty lock boxes.
For more information, check out the coverage on our sister site: PreCentral.