HP unveils Palm Pre2 and new webOS 2.0
New device will run latest version of Palm's critically acclaimed operating system.
HP said the new webOS 2.0 would offer improved multitasking by "stacking" similar apps in to logical groups for faster, easier switching.
It would also support Adobe Flash, ensuring that web pages with embedded videos or animation can now be viewed by Palm users.
A new HP Synergy “hub” aggregates Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts, making them accessible through a single interface, while the phone can also be used as digital photo frame or agenda viewer when it is docked and charging.
The new Palm Pre2 handset boasts a gigahertz processor for faster operation, a five-megapixel camera, and combines a 3.1in touch-screen with slide-out keyboard.
It offers around 16GB of memory, and almost six hours of battery life.
HP has not given any further information about pricing and availability of either the webOS 2.0 update or the Palm Pre 2.
The announcement comes just months after Palm was acquired by HP, in a deal worth $1.2bn.
“This update advances the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers,” said Jon Rubenstein, senior vice president at HP and general manager of Palm’s global business unit.
“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.”