HP has announced that the Palm Pre 2, with a 1GHz processor, glass screen, 5-megapixel camera and a sleeker design, will go on sale SIM-free from Monday, November 15th.
Besides the improvements made to the hardware of the Palm Pre 2, HP is also launching HP webOS 2.0, which features a number of new features, including improved multitasking and support for Adobe Flash 10.1.
The Palm Pre 2 will retail for £399 SIM-free when it goes on sale.
What Mobile has also been informed that O2 will soon be stocking the phone later in the year (and it is not known if this will be an exclusive deal as with the original Pre and Pixi models). However, O2 has denied this will be happening. A spokesperson from the O2 media centre told us: “We’ve always offered our customers a choice of experiences when they come to buy a new phone and we were excited to add webOS and the Palm Pre to our range. We’re still fans of webOS – the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are available from O2 today – but won’t be taking the Palm Pre Two.”
Let us (and O2) know what you think; would you like to be able to buy this phone on a contract in the UK?
HP WebOS features (from HP)
HP webOS 2.0 offers consumers compelling application experiences not available on any other platform, while providing developers an unparalleled level of openness to integrate their applications and services. The next generation of webOS makes it easier to get more done:
‘ True Multitasking – Pause a game, tap an email notification, check your calendar, read a restaurant review, send an email reply, then switch back to the game without closing anything.(1,2) webOS lets you easily manage multiple open applications and notifications using natural touch gestures. New in HP webOS 2.0, Stacks logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Whether you’re reading email or planning a night on the town, Stacks keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is even easier.
‘ Just Type – Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites – all before you’ve even opened an app.(1) With HP webOS 2.0, whenever you want to do something on your phone – whether it’s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything – just type. And Just Type is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.
‘ HP Synergy – webOS was the first mobile OS to connect you seamlessly to multiple web services. With the Synergy feature, you just have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and your information automatically populates your phone.(3) HP webOS 2.0 will extend the support for Synergy so developers can easily plug new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources directly into the core webOS experiences.(4)
HP webOS 2.0 also includes many more new features, including the following:
‘ Favorites – With HP 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.
‘ Text Assist – HP 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.
‘ Updated Facebook app – Available via the Palm App Catalog, the updated Facebook app will support Facebook IM via Synergy in the Messaging application,(4) 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 plugin support makes it easy to add your favorite websites to Just Type web search.
‘ Messaging – The unified Messaging app in HP 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 – HP 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.(7) 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 HP webOS 2.0 Phone app lets you easily dial your favorites and offers reverse area code lookup.
‘ 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.