HP purchased Palm in April for $1.2 billion, and ever since it promised to maintain the webOS and to expand it to other platforms, other than smartphones, like tablets computers and printers. The general opinion is that they bought Palm mainly for this OS. Rumors were going along saying that the HP Slate will go from Windows 7 to this webOS, but now we know that the Slate will surely be running on W7, although it is believed that HP will make tablets running on both.
Well that’s enough about the history lesson. The webOS 2.0 release date has been official for a couple of days, since the 19th actually. The downer of the story is that it will first appear along with the new Palm Pre 2 model sometime “in the following months”, for the US with Verizon Wireless, and also speculated to appear later on tablets. The Pre 2 will first appear Friday in France, with SFR, afterwards the US and then Canada. It’s said to include a 3.1-inch HVGA multitouch display, GPS, 16GB, proximity sensors, an accelerometer, ambient light, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and other features.
So, you still have to wait before you can check out the “feel” of it all. Until then however, you luckily have us at MDG to thank, for showing you what the new webOS 2.0 features will be:
Palm WebOS 2.0 features and details
This feature integrates information from many sources, such us allowing users to sign in to accounts from Gmail, Yahoo!, Facebook and others and make the contacts all appear in a single list. This version of the webOS has made great improvements in account management. A centralized control panel has been added where you can tweak accounts, more control over calendars, messaging and contacts at will. The best news is that you can now connect to other services other than email and IM, such as YouTube and LinkedIn accounts.
If this doesn’t seem like much, I’ll let you know this makes the difference when navigating the phone. It makes it possible to stack cards that you are using, automatically. When a link from a message or an email or even a preference pane from an app is opened it will be brought on top of the card you opened it from. Pretty neat. Stacks can be made by yourself as well by dragging them together at will. It’s organization at your fingertips.
Just Type and Quick Actions
This version goes one step further with this feature, allowing you to create a message, start an email, search for websites and all before you even open the app, and now it is opened to developers as well, so other people can plug in for the search. Even more, it auto-detects when a compatible search engine is present in a page you are viewing. You can move more, add more, and even remove sections of the searches. To clear things up, you start to type something and get full searches of your email, apps, phone numbers etc. Quick Actions is the jewel of the new OS, or at least combining this with Just Type makes the whole thing a lot more interesting. Type something and then use Quick Actions to have instant access to a calendar event, memo, email, SMS or anything you can think of actually, even giving a Twitter feed without all the intermediary steps is now possible.
After lots of promises, the beta version is finally supported by the webOS. It’s limited to the browser, but it’s a rich and fluid experience by its own. You are given the choice to either let Flash run or selectively load pieces of content on a case-by-case basis. The choice is given, mainly because this still is a beta version and improvements could be made and will be made, it’s up to you.
The new webOS 2.0 comes along with this feature. It is a service built into the auto-correction capabilities of the webOS, including spell checking, dictionary customization, and setting your own macros.
Tag your favorite contact and they will appear as favorites in Phone and Contacts view. It makes it simple to get in touch fast by instantly showing a name you searched for on top of the Contacts, Email, or Phone apps.
Among all these the webOS 2.0 features comes packed with all kinds of stuff like Facebook 2.0, Bluetooth keyboards, Skype Mobile, QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite, Browser, Messaging, VPN, App Catalog and others. This about raps it up, so if you have an opinion do tell us, was it worth the wait? Until next time I’ll leave you with a video showing a more “hands on” preview of what the new OS brings: