From Apple’s latest iOS to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Hewlett-Packard once again is back to the game of smartphone operating systems with its new webOS 2.0.
For more than a year of the making, webOS 2.0 is the most significant update to the first webOS released in June 6, 2009 powering the first Palm Pre smartphone.
“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, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “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 offers compelling applications you might not be seeing on other platforms. Revamps on this next generation webOS include:
- True Multitasking – lets you easily manage multiple open apps and notifications using natural touch gestures
- Just Type – allows you to “just type” whatever and whenever you want to do something on your phone
- HP Synergy – with this feature, you just have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, MS Exchange, LinkedIn, and Yahoo accounts; and your information will automatically populates your phone
- Exhibition – lets you run apps designed specifically for the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock, turning charge time into useful time
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta – webOS 2.0 supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta providing access to rich and Flash-based web contents
There are also some new features added like contacts tagging in Favorites, Skype Mobile (for Verizon Wireless), Text Assist for spell check capabilities, QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite, Facebook 2.0, more HTML5 features in Browser, Yahoo IM and buddy management in Messaging, VPN support, redesigned App Catalog, revamp on Launcher, Phone app, Bluetooth keyboards and SPP peripheral supports, and features for developers.
All of these new features will be available via software update to webOS 2.0. Check out more details here.