After all the rumors and leaks, the Palm Pre 2 has been officially outed by HP. This will be the first device to ship with HP webOS 2.0 that has been detailed for months now. The Pre 2 will pack all the software experiences we are used to in webOS, from multitasking cards, to the HP Synergy syncing solution. WebOS now has support for stacking cards for better viewing, and access to the Adobe Flash 10.1 beta.
The Pre 2 is an upgrade in some ways, and looks like its standing still in others. The form factor is mostly the same, but with slightly flatter edges. The slider portrait keyboard is still there as well. The camera has been updated to a 5MP sensor, but it is still just extended depth of field, not autofocus. The CPU will be a 1GHz chip; presumably a TI OMAP. The screen is, disappointingly, still only HVGA resolution.
France will see the phone this Friday on carrier SFR. US residents will have their chance in the next few months with the Pre 2 landing on Verizon. If this an intriguing phone for you, or is it just too little too late?
For those of you getting your knickers in a bunch waiting for Palm's webOS 2.0 to ship, you can at least get a sneak peak of the upcoming mobile distro, and we're not talking about a few stills.
Someone has gone and leaked a video of the upcoming OS to the Web, and you're in for a double treat if you're a fan of "Shout" by British band Tears for Fears in remixed form (if not, well, cover your ears).
As far as we know, this is the first video showing webOS 2.0 in action. And while we've seen plenty of leaked snapshots already, we're admittedly impressed with the short demo. With the right device pushing the OS and continued support, we could see webOS becoming a compelling alternative to Android and iOS, though we're getting a little ahead of ourselves here.
Check it out below and then hit the jump and tell us what you think.
Update: YouTube pulled the video offline, but not before Engadget could snag a copy.
Developers anxious to see how the webOS platform will evolve under the new leadership of Hewlett Packard (HP) can catch an early glimpse. Members of Palm's Early Access program can now download the first beta release of webOS 2.0, the next-gen version of Palm's mobile operating system.
There are a bunch of new features in the new release developers can use to code new apps, starting with much improved multi-tasking. Building on Palm's card metaphor, webOS 2.0 ups the ante by grouping related cards in stacks, making it easier to move between tasks.
The latest release brings a better implementation of Universal Search renamed "Just Type." One of the new features of Just Type is Quick Actions, which allows users to start an email, create a message, update a social status, and search favorite websites without ever launching an app.