Palm to release webOS 2.0 ‘later this year’

Posted on July 24, 2010

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The Little Train that Could- for all those OS impaired!

It still lives! Don’t count Palm out just yet. Those that love the platform would almost die for it and at roughly 6% share, that translates to a lot of people. It just goes to show you that if you think you can do it all with just an iPhone App, an Android App, and well blackberry fends for itself- you might want to do a bit more research.

Fierce- Palm plans to issue version 2.0 of its webOS mobile operating system sometime during the remainder of 2010. Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference Thursday, Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein confirmed webOS 2.0 will arrive “later this year” but divulged no other details, including an expected release data or what the upgrade will entail.

Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the personal systems group division at Palm parent firm HP, confirmed HP and Microsoft will collaborate on a tablet device slated to hit stores this fall: “I think you’ll see us with a family of slate products, clearly a Microsoft product in the enterprise and a webOS product broadly-deployed,” Bradley said. Rubenstein added HP will integrate webOS into a host of forthcoming products, stating “I think it’s important to have control over the entire user experience and really deliver great consumer products. If you really want to deliver a great experience, in this case, the HP experience, you want your own OS.”

HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion in April 2010, praising webOS and vowing to continue nurturing and expanding the platform moving forward. At that time, Bradley said HP will leverage its distribution channels and financial strength to broaden the webOS platforms into new segments, with plans to introduce tablets and netbooks targeting both the consumer and enterprise markets. HP vice president of investor relations Jim Burns added the company will also invest in webOS research and development as well as sales and marketing efforts, and promised HP will continue to cultivate the webOS developer ecosystem.

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