HP announces release of webOS 2.0 and Palm Pre 2

Technology giant HP announced that release of webOS 2.0 as well as Palm Pre 2.

Apart from being the first major update to the webOS smartphone operating system, the webOS 2.0 is the first big webOS release by HP since it acquired Palm in April 2010.

WebOS 2.0 has been created on the strengths of the former operating system, webOS 1. WebOS 2.0 features improved management of multiple running apps by letting related tasks to be grouped together. WebOS used to offer a unified view of contacts whether they were from LinkedIn, Exchange, Facebook or other services; the new operating system makes this system pluggable in order to let users integrate any web service seamlessly. In addition, webOS 2.0 will feature beta support for Flash 10.1.

HP’s Palm Pre 2 will be a CDMA phone, but unlike the first model, it will be launched on Verizon rather than Sprint.

The Palm Pre 2 will run WebOS 2.0 operating system, and will feature 1GHz processor and a vertical slider keyboard design. It will be available in two versions, viz. CDMA and UMTS.

The UMTS version of the Palm Pre 2 will hit France this Friday, while the CDMA version will be made available exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon, with a release date yet to be announced.