Many of us eager Palm Pre users - and yes, even you Pixi users - have been twiddling our thumbs (read "breaking stuff") waiting for the webOS 2.0 OTA update to hit our phones. Much to our dismay, Palm has only offered solace in saying that "the coming months" will roll out webOS 2.0 to the dedicated Palm smartphone users. However, a ray of light has shined through, in the form of a beta OS running on the original Palm Pre showcasing additional features.
The beta, labeled "HP webOS Nova-Barley," is marked as version 2.0.1 and features voice dialing and new preferences for Exhibition View. True to beta form there are some perfomance kinks to be ironed out, and a final OTA update is rumored (very likely) to be the 2.1 version of webOS. We'll see whether or not this news will be enough to keep Pre die-hards from jumping the webOS ship into the iOS, Android, or even WP7 waters. As for me, I'm still hanging on to my Pre, but it's not getting any lighter, HP!
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If there were an award for most underrated OS than Palm’s webOS would certainly be giving an acceptance speech. However, Palm is looking to tailor a new acceptance speech for ‘best OS around’ by introducing webOS 2.0. The new features slated for the upgrade are momentous to say the least, and with any luck HP will be able to help put Palm’s webOS where it should be in the smartphone market.
Improving upon the already prolific multi-tasking capabilities of webOS, version 2.0 will make cards even more intuitive and easier to sort through. WebOS 2.0 will expand upon the card scheme of the original OS, but will introduce “stacking” into the mix. This will enable groups of cards to be kept in piles related to one another in order to minimize clutter and maximize efficiency. For instance, if you go to open a link in your Facebook app, it will become stacked within that group, and can be arranged and sorted as you please. Developers will even find that their applications will automatically be grouped by Stacks, requiring them to make no special changes to their applications.
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Palm, that company that used to run the handheld business, after several attempts to solicit buyers/license its software to any bidders/play music on corners with its hat out for tips, finally has a new home. HP announced yesterday that it will purchase Palm, Inc. to the tune of $1.2 billion.
Several companies, including big-boy-in-the-market phone manufacturer HTC, took a look at Palm and passed. The webOS PDA platform that Palm has created, while beautiful and functional in its own right, just was not enticing enough to garner a lot of suitors in the smartphone market.
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Right on time, Palm and Sprint have finally made their plans for the Palm Pixi public. In case you didn’t know the Pixi is just the second device from Palm that runs their webOS operating system (the first being the Palm Pre.) On November 15th, you’ll be able to pick up a Pixi from Sprint stores, RadioShack, Best Buy, and Walmart for a cool $99.99 after $50 instant rebate, and $100 mail-in rebate. So, really, you’ll need $200 in the back if you want to cop one of these on day one. Yeah, we agree with what we know you’re thinking - what is Palm smoking that gives them the confidence that they can sell this phone for $100, when the much more powerful Pre can be had for $150? We’d love to find out, because we expected to see this one launch at $49-79, but hey, we aren’t Palm.
Anyone gonna pick this one up?
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