No offense intended, HardBeatZ, but I don't think HP/Palm has realized how dangerously close webOS is to disappearing into a black hole. The Pre 2 or another device MUST launch prior to Gingerbread or webOS is over. Done. Fineto.
Sure, back in mid 2009 when there was no competition for Sprint or Verizon touchscreen smartphone OS's or devices, being late to the party with updates and basic functionality such as video recording and quality hardware wasn't going to sink the webOS ship, but now it's a totally different story. I don't understand why HP/Palm doesn't understand this? I feel like applying for a senior executive position within HP/Palm because the arrogance of having such a great OS has apparently clouded the fundamental truths about how dire the situation is for webOS devices, including tablets.
Windows Mobile 7 is not a joke. It's getting a lot of very good reviews, generating a lot of publicity, and it's launching on a lot of really good hardware.
Android 2.2 (Froyo) on an top tier device is "the" combination to have right now. Already devices like the Droid 2 are being released with specs that match up to requirements set for Gingerbread.
iOS 4 has a huge following of users, some 6x larger than webOS, and it's coming to Verizon.
Blackberry is working hard to catch up in the marketplace, and with the largest client base of any of the smart phone users, it has some time to make necessary changes before it fades out. Especially with it's firm grasp on enterprise users.
webOS users fall into a paltry <5% of the market. The coming 6-12 months will make or break webOS and all of Palm mobile devices, period. Does HP/Palm really believe there won't be humongous improvements to Android 3.0+ by Martias Duarte? There is not enough room in the marketplace to support 5 operating systems, and most of the industry and tech leaders are just plain forgetting that webOS even exists. New hardware, certainly hardware substantially more impressive than the Pre 2 brings to the table is imperative. Now. Not "in the coming months." Not after CES 2011. webOS will gain absolutely zero traction in a market where Android 3.0 is available on hardware far superior to anything Palm has made available, in a market where Windows Mobile 7 has established itself and iOS and Blackberry are still thriving.
I, like thousands of others here in the forums, am a huge fan of webOS. I even sorta like my Pre, when the GPS actually works the first time I launch Sprint Navigation... or when I'm able to use the handset to make calls instead of my bluetooth because my speaker isn't working on Pre #5. That said, if Palm doesn't release something extremely soon, I'm gone, and I won't look back. Same with millions of other webOS users, and that's the truth.