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Palm Announces WebOS 2.0 with New Features

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Aug 31, 2010, 1:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Palm today announced WebOS 2.0, the newest version of its smartphone platform. In addition to the new system software, Palm also announced that it will offer a matching software developer kit to select developers starting this week. WebOS will include new features for end users, and the SDK will offer new tools to developers. As far as improvements go, WebOS 2.0 refreshes the way stacks work, which can now be clustered into groups to reduce home screen clutter. Palm has renamed the Universal Search feature to Just Type, and it will support actions such as initiating emails, messages, etc. Palm is also offering developers APIs (application programming interfaces) that will work with Palm's TouchStone charger technology, allowing them to integrate their applications into the charger and other accessories. WebOS' Synergy contact management application receives new tools for developers, who will be able to access more of its code and integrate their own apps/services within Synergy. Other new features are aimed more at developers, such as improved Java performance, HTML5 integration, and new PDKs (plug-in developer kit) that will support C/C++ games and applications for easier porting of apps between platforms. Palm is giving developers an early look at WebOS 2.0. It hasn't announced when WebOS 2.0 will be available for end users.

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Aug 31, 2010, 2:24 PM


The new multitasking looks fantastic and looks to put Palm back on the forefront of multitasking.

Hoping that new Palm hardware comes in and lives up to this. Android is so terrible by comparison to WebOS that it's a shame Palm isn't putting out better hardware.
Same here. The OS is more polished, in my opinion than any other. But what do I know? I'm just another man with Android.

But that may change.
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Aug 31, 2010, 3:02 PM


Man hearing all that jibba jabbah about c++ and java AND HTML 5 made me imagine the kinds of apps palm will spit out now. i think palm's spot light time was too short but they might just get a come back with 2.0
Agreed. And a tablet utilizing 2.0 would be 100% insane.
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