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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

Palm Pre 2 selling unlocked, rocking webOS 2.0 for $450 from HP

You can now purchase a completely unlocked Palm Pre 2 from HP here in the US for a very reasonable $449.99. The Palm Pre 2 is powered by TI’s 1GHz OMAP 3630 chipset and has 512MB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The distinctive sliding portrait keyboard remains as does the respectable albeit dated HVGA display, although the front face now uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The camera has also been upgraded with a 5-megapixel sensor, but is still fixed focus.

Of course, the real appeal of the Palm Pre 2 is that it is currently the only device running HP webOS 2.0 — the latest version of the killer smartphone OS Palm awed the world with at CES 2009. webOS 2.0 is slated to hit all other Palm devices ‘in the coming months’ and a plethora of new devices — including a tablet — are slated for 2011.

If you insist on having webOS 2.0 now or are a developer eager to get started with webOS development, the Palm Pre 2 is an excellent device with hardware on par with all the latest and greatest smartphones and software that eclipses nearly everything else on the market. The Pre 2 will also be available on Verizon before year’s end for those who don’t mind a contract with Big Red.

Update: webOS developers can get an unlocked Pre 2 for $250.

Source: HP via SlashGear

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 rocking 1GHz processor and webOS 2.0 touted by SFR, headed to Verizon

It’s no longer a matter of if, but when we will see the Palm Pre 2 available for purchase. Earlier this week, French carrier SFR put up a web page (since removed, pictured after the break) touting the Palm Pre 2. Notable features include a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, a flatter — presumably glass — screen, and the same pebble-inspired, vertical sliding form factor as the previous version. Oh yeah, and it will also be rocking webOS 2.0 on release. No word on whether the Pre 2 will up the screen resolution, but pictures of the tightly guarded Palm phone surfacing on MobiFrance (one above, the rest available in the MobiFrance link below) seem to suggest it will retain its 480 x 320 display.

The Palm Pre 2 had already been rumored for a Verizon launch for the holiday season, something Engadget seems to have corroborated today with an internal screenshot revealing device training for the handset at Big Red (also pictured after the break).

Whether the Pre 2/webOS 2.0 duo will be enough to reignite interest in the flagging Palm brand — now owned by HP — remains to be seen. As a huge fan of webOS, I’m glad to see anything new from Palm, but I’m more interested in seeing what HP and the folks at Sunnyvale cook up in 2011.

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

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