HP introduces Palm Pre 2 on its new webOS 2.0

Bangalore: Introducing webOS 2.0 and Palm Pre 2, HP hopes to strengthen its market share in the smartphone industry ruled by the biggies such as Apple, Blackberry, Google and Microsoft. Being the first device from HP after its acquisition of Palm, Palm Pre 2 is also the first device to run webOS 2.0.

The new OS will allow users to run and easily switch between multiple applications. With the "Just Type" feature, users can search for data on a device or the Internet, and also start writing emails or update status messages before opening an application. Customized shortcuts help enable these actions. WebOS also supports Flash 10.1 and HTML5. The other notable feature in the operating system is called as "Synergy" which can automatically connect and populate the smartphone with data from email services like Microsoft Exchange or from websites such as Google and Facebook. The OS also runs Skype Mobile in it.

HP has said that WebOS 2.0 will go into many other devices besides smartphones such as tablets at a later period. However, the phone's pricing is not made public yet.

The Palm Pre 2 has a 3.1-inch screen, runs on a 1GHz processor and features a 5-megapixel camera. It weighs about 145 grams.

"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," he added.

Palm Pre 2 smartphone will be available in France from SFR this week and is scheduled to hit the U.S. and Canada markets in the coming months from Verizon Wireless.

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