Users of the Palm Pre and Pixi can breathe easier now that HP has promised to release operating systems upgrades for these smartphones.
webOS 2.0 debuted on the Palm Pre 2, which hit store shelves in the last few weeks. Still, this release left many users wondering what HP’s plans for upgrades were, and the fact that HP has mostly kept mum on the subject left people feeling nervous.
Marinacci was vague about when these will be available, just noting that they will be available “in the coming months.”
More about the webOS
The webOS is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
It includes an on-device app store, and a moderate collection of third-party software is available.
This operating system was developed by Palm, Inc., a company that was acquired by HP earlier this year. HP intends to use the webOS to become a major force in the smartphone market.
New in webOS 2.0
The latest version of this operating system contains enhancements to multitasking and other features.
The webOS handles multitasking by displaying separate applications as cards. Version 2.0 allows these cards to be grouped into stacks, making it easier to move quickly between tasks.
Palm has also making it easier to perform common tasks with a new feature called Just Type. Users are able to start an email, create a message, update their status, or search their favorite websites from the homescreen by just starting to type.
In the new version, Synergy — Palm’s system for bringing in information from a wide array of sources — is being opened up to developers.
In addition, version 2.0 includes an app called Exhibition, which runs automatically whenever a smartphone running it is placed in a Touchstone charging cradle, showing the user things such as today’s agenda to a slideshow of their Facebook photos.