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October 25, 2010

HP Unveils webOS 2.0

HP unveiled HP webOS 2.0, which the company claimed is an effort to change the way people communicate with others on their mobile devices.

webOS 2.0 provides features such as true multitasking, just type, HP synergy, exhibition, and Adobe flash player 10.1 beta.

HP’s new Palm Pre 2 smartphone is the first device to run webOS 2.0 offers consumers compelling application experiences not available on any other platform, HP claimed. It also helps developers to integrate their applications and services with an unparalleled level of openness. It allows customers to tag (News - Alert) their favorite contacts so they appear as favorites in Phone and Contacts views.

“With webOS 2.0, we’re advancing the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers,” said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager for the Palm Global Business Unit of HP, in a press release. “We’ve made tremendous strides since the platform launched, and now we’re taking our biggest leap forward with powerful new features that make it easier to get more things done with your webOS device.”

webOS 2.0 supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging while in the United States to anywhere in the world for Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless customers. It also provides expanded capabilities to spell check, auto correct, set up macros and customize the dictionary. Apart from integration with a variety of services, including Google Docs and Dropbox (News - Alert), there is also support offered for Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The company has also introduced the Palm Pre 2 smartphone, the latest evolution to the Palm Pre lineup on this occasion.

Recently, the company announced that its Slate 500 was now on sale. The Slate is designed for professionals who don’t usually work at a traditional desk, yet need to stay productive in a secure, Windows 7 environment with many features found in an office computer. The HP Slate 500 is also intended for those who use custom applications built for Windows.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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