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Unlocked Palm Pre 2 only $250 for webOS developers

The Palm Pre 2 is now available, and if you’ve been wanting to get your hands on one to use as a developer device, HP wants to help. We’re excited to announce that developers will be able to purchase an unlocked UMTS Palm Pre 2 smartphone online in the United States at a $200 discount. Just send an email to pdc@palm.com to request a coupon!

A really sweet deal for webOS developers on the Pre 2. Kudos, Palm!

Source: Palm Developer Center via PreCentral

Rubinstein urges webOS faithful to ‘be patient’ at Web 2.0 Summit

We’ve got some great stuff coming. If you are a webOS aficionado out there, be patient. The pool of webOS devices is going to grow very dramatically over the next 12 to 18 months.

Watch out, Apple. Palm wants its throne back — and with webOS at the helm and HP at its sails, it’s only a matter of time.

Sources: Web 2.0 Summit, EE Times via IntoMobile

webOS 2.0 review roundup

The best mobile operating system just got better — but it’s still far from perfect. Here are some excerpts and links to early reviews of HP webOS 2.0 on pre-production Palm Pre 2 hardware from around the Web.

WebOS 2.0 is without question the biggest webOS update we’ve seen since Palm first unveiled webOS at CES in January 2009. You could argue that the main features…are mainly evolutionary and you wouldn’t be wrong. However, the sum of these updates adds up to an OS that is coming into its own….webOS 2.0 is not a me-too operating system.

from Dieter Bohn’s review at PreCentral

Despite some issues, webOS 2.0 is probably neck and neck with iOS4 when it comes to polish and ease of use….This isn’t just a good OS, it’s a great OS….[however] the problem with webOS 2.0…[is that] Palm is still hampered by last-generation, underpowered hardware. The Pre 2 is nice, but it’s not cutting edge, and it doesn’t hold a candle to the iPhone 4 or G2.

from Joshua Topolsky’s review at Engadget

The general sentiment seems to be positive on the software side and meh at best when it comes to hardware. Whereas webOS 2.0 is a strong hand, the Palm Pre 2 looks to be an amateur poker player. The lack of innovation on the hardware front is the one major thing holding webOS 2.0 back. The Pre 2 is a good first step, but killer hardware is necessary for widespread adoption of the platform. Hopefully, HP and Palm will have a bleeding edge device to unveil in early 2011 that can do webOS some real justice.

Palm Pre 2, HP webOS 2.0 official — Verizon bound, unlocked dev phones a lock

HP announced HP webOS 2.0 today along with the first device that will run it: Palm Pre 2. The Pre 2 is essentially a highly refined Pre that updates the hardware to current times — 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, glass screen — without departing from the original design concept. The Palm Pre 2 will be available on SFR in France this Friday and will be coming to Verizon in the US and to Canada ‘in the coming months.’ HP also states that developers will be able to purchase an unlocked UMTS version of the Pre 2 ‘to use as a canvas to build the next generation of webOS applications and services.’

The real star of the show, of course, is webOS 2.0 — now rebranded and prefixed with HP’s name. Fans of the sleek multitasking mobile operating system will not be disappointed. The same ingenious card UI is still the centerpiece, now enhanced with Stacks — the ability to group related cards together.

Universal search has been renamed Just Type and now searches almost everything on the phone or on the Web simply by entering text. Just Type also houses a new killer feature called Quick Actions — essentially turning Just Type into a command line that can run virtually any action with user-defined shortcuts.

Exhibition will allow webOS 2.0 devices to run apps while on the Touchstone charging dock. ‘Set your phone on the dock and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today’s agenda to a slideshow of your Facebook photos.’

As far as social networking and contact services are concerned, webOS is still at the front of the pack. Synergy is still there ‘to connect you seamlessly to multiple web services’ and is now open ‘so developers can easily plug new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources directly into the core webOS experiences.’ The Messaging app has been updated to include Yahoo! IM and Facebook chat. Speaking of Facebook, version 2.0 of Palm’s Facebook client will be in the App Catalog soon and will support Stacks, Quick Actions, and Exhibition upon availability.

Other features of HP webOS 2.0 include a beta version of Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Bluetooth keyboard support, and a QuickOffice document viewer (replacing Documents To Go’s viewer) that integrates with your Google Docs and Dropbox accounts.

The official press release is available after the break.

Palm ‘Mansion’ rumored to be 800 x 480 touchscreen phone sans keyboard

Following evidence of new Palm devices on a German certification site — which have since been removed — comes a rumor from an anonymous but reliable tipster at PreCentral about a new Palm device codenamed Mansion. The device — which may or may not be the certified P102 — is said to be a keyboardless webOS phone having an 800 x 480 touchscreen display.

Given that a virtual keyboard reference had been found buried in the webOS 2.0 SDK much to Palm’s chagrin, it is certainly feasible that Palm is seriously considering a phone sans keyboard to match its highly anticipated tablet. Although the market’s trend towards touchscreen-only phones lends credence to Palm’s willingness to consider the form factor, it is hard to imagine Palm abandoning hardware keyboards entirely. It remains to be seen whether Palm can pull off doing a virtual keyboard right, something most iPhone competitors still have not managed.

It is interesting to note that the Palm Pre was codenamed Castle, so that’s another point in the Mansion’s favor. For Palm fans, I’m hopeful that the speculation ends soon. I’m just as eager as any for an official word on some much desired bleeding edge hardware from the fine folks at Sunnyvale.

via PreCentral

New Palm phones, Touchstone pop up in TÜV certification

The evidence of an imminent release of the next webOS phone continues to mount. This time we have a certification from the German technical services group TÜV Rheinland that was discovered by WebOS Internals (@webosinternals on Twitter) and posted by rwhitby in the PreCentral Forums.

Two new models appear with a certification date of August 3, 2010, namely P102UNA and P102EWW — GSM and CDMA versions, respectively. Further digging on the site suggests a new Touchstone is also nigh. Given that the AT&T Pre Plus (P101UNA) was announced a few months after its certification date, expect the new Palm phone to be officially unveiled in early October with a launch date no later than November of this year. That lines up nicely with the Pre 2 surfacing on Verizon’s year-end lineup. No word on whether the GSM version will hit the US before the holidays, but with Palm backed by HP now, a multi-carrier launch is not out of the question.

Sources: TÜV Rheinland, @webosinternals via PreCentral, Engadget

Verizon Wireless set to offer prepaid smartphones

I’m surprised that it has taken this long for a US carrier to do this — and shocked that it was Big Red who took the lead — but with the recent success of prepaid cellular services here in the States, it was inevitable. Starting on September 28, Verizon Wireless prepay customers can sign up for an unlimited prepaid 3G data package for $30 per month. What makes this truly remarkable, though, is that you are not limited to the usual paltry selection of lackluster phones. All of Verizon’s Android phones, Palm’s Pre and Pixi Plus, and select BlackBerry models are available with the new plan. Sure, you still have to pay full retail price for the phone and add in minutes and text messages as needed, but that isn’t different from any other prepaid service. That you are getting a top-notch smartphone with prepaid service and no contract on the nation’s most reliable network is the game-changer here. Regardless of how you feel about Verizon, there is no question that this move fills a niche that can only net Big Red more green. Now, if only there were a prepaid data-only plan. Can you hear me now, Verizon?

Source: Engadget

webOS 2.0 SDK seeded to developers, new features abound

Palm fans rejoice! The beta SDK for webOS 2.0 is now available for download to Early Access developers. The best mobile operating system just got better. I’ll give my own take on all the latest features — Stacks, Just Type, Quick Actions, third-party Synergy support, Exhibition, and lots more — in the near future. If you can’t wait, hit up the links for a preview of what’s in store for the second coming of webOS.

Source: Palm Developer Center via PreCentral, Gizmodo

‘PalmPad’ coming in early 2011

During HP’s Q3 2010 earnings call, Todd Bradley fielded a question about the impact of tablets on netbook sales. The response included a confirmation of the release of ‘a webOS-based product in early 2011’. It looks like Palm will be blowing everyone away with the ‘Hurricane’ at CES 2011 just like it did two years ago when it unveiled the Pre and the highly acclaimed webOS mobile operating system. HP recently trademarked the name ‘PalmPad’ and it most likely will be the name of the upcoming webOS tablet. As an avid Palm fan, I am eager to see how well webOS scales to the tablet form factor.

Source: PreCentral

Palm Pre Plus out of stock at AT&T, Verizon?

Being a huge proponent of webOS and an owner of the original Palm Pre, I am trying not to get my hopes up, but I have heard rumblings that the online stores of both AT&T and Verizon are sold out of Palm Pre Pluses. Checking their respective websites reveals that the AT&T online store is indeed ‘temporarily out of stock’ while Verizon is still listing it at $29.99 with a two year contract. Availability is most likely region specific, but if it is indeed true that the Pre Plus reserves are finally drying up, we could see an announcement of the next generation webOS device soon. Although I would love to see some new Palm hardware before the end of the year, I doubt anything will materialize until TI’s OMAP 4 is ready to go sometime in early 2011.

Update: As of early morning August 20, I can confirm that Palm’s Pre Plus is now back in stock at the online stores of both AT&T and Verizon.

Sources: AT&T, Verizon, PreCentral