Today, we announced the most significant update to webOS ever -- webOS 2.0 -- along with a new phone coming soon to several carriers. With 2.0, all the stuff you love about webOS ratchets up a few notches, along with lots of new goodies. (Some of these features will be available via over-the-air software update to webOS 2.0.) Here’s a quick rundown on what you can expect when the update becomes available for your phone:
The layered look is in
Multitasking is going for that layered look. The new Stacks feature in 2.0 automatically groups related cards together and stacks them to make it easier to navigate if you have lots of apps open.
When in doubt…Just Type
When you want to start a common activity in webOS -- compose an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites -- all you have to do is start typing and webOS takes you there. And with the new Just Type enhancement, developers can now integrate these capabilities into all kinds of new apps.
With the HP Synergy feature in webOS 2.0, developers can plug in new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources so users can personalize their webOS experience with these new services.
Just when you thought the Touchstone Charging Dock couldn’t get any cooler. The new Exhibition feature in webOS 2.0 lets apps adapt what they display and how they operate when your webOS device is in charge mode on the charging dock.
I’ve got a message for you…
The unified Messaging app in webOS 2.0 adds Yahoo! IM and buddy management. Also, Facebook 2.0 (available in the 2.0 App Catalog) will support Facebook IM via Synergy in the Messaging application, as well as Stacks, status updates via Quick Action and the Exhibition feature.
webOS 2.0 includes Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, with support for viewing Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs. It also integrates with services like Google Docs and Dropbox. Need to stay in touch with the office? webOS 2.0 supports IPsec and Cisco AnyConnect mobile optimized VPN.
Ripe for Skype
With webOS 2.0, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to use Skype Mobile for Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging.
webOS 2.0 will show up first on the new Palm Pre 2, also introduced today. Palm Pre 2 is faster -- the first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor -- and boasts a vivid touchscreen with a glass screen. It will be available Friday in France from SFR, and will be available in the coming months in the U.S. from Verizon Wireless and in Canada. Developers will be able to buy an unlocked UMTS version of Pre 2 in the U.S.
Paul A., HP Palm PR