HP today announced HP webOS 2.0, an update to the mobile platform the company acquired when it bought handset maker Palm.
According to a press release, the first device to run webOS 2.0 will be HP’s new Palm Pre 2 smartphone, which will be available Friday in France from SFR and is scheduled to be available in the coming months in the United States from Verizon Wireless and in Canada.
“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 of HP’s Palm business, in a statement.
webOS 2.0 brings Palm’s operating system up to speed with the rest of the smarpthone competition, offering users new features like multitasking, integration of social networking, support for Flash and a new QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite.
The Palm Pre 2, which builds on the hardware offered in the original Pre, features a 1 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, a glass screen and a streamlined design.