HP has unveiled version 2.0 of the webOS software developed by its recently-acquired Palm subsidiary. The first device to run the new software will be the Palm Pre 2, a follow-up to Palm’s Pre smartphone which goes on sale this week in France.
New features include ‘Just Type’ that lets users start typing before opening a new email, message, status update or search app. Messaging and browsing have also been beefed up. The new device will sport a one-gigahertz processor, a five-megapixel camera, a glass screen and a slimmer look. It still has a touchscreen plus slide-out keyboard.
In a surprise move, HP will start selling the handset in France this Friday through operator SFR, before releasing it in the US (through Verizon) and Canada in the coming months.