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    Hi all,

    Here are twin views on webOS 2.0...the are both very favable....Your Touchstone has a staring role in all of this!

    Take care,



    Palm Drops WebOS 2.0 Bombshell

    Palm on Tuesday announced version 2.0 of its webOS smartphone platform, with new features and a new SDK in tow.

    By Eric Zeman, InformationWeek
    Aug. 31, 2010


    Palm's webOS hasn't seen a significant update since early 2010. With the year two-thirds gone, and iOS4, Android 2.2, and BlackBerry 6 already being offered to the smartphone masses, Palm needs to catch up. Quickly.

    Palm's catch-up sprint starts today with the announcement of webOS 2.0. Palm shared details about its revised operating system, and was sure to reveal all the new tools that developers can use to create new and exciting applications and services.

    First up is Stacks. Palm has refreshed its multitasking software by automatically grouping together related app cards into stacks. This helps reduce clutter on the desktop and Palm says it will help users switch tasks faster and easier. Stacked cards may group themselves automatically, but users will be able to manage them directly, as well.

    Next, Palm has renamed and reinvigorated its Universal Search function. The search tool is now named Just Type, and it lets users search or act within applications. Palm explains, "Among the many Just Type enhancements is a powerful feature called Quick Actions. Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites—all without having to launch an app."

    Perhaps one of the neatest additions to webOS 2.0 is the new "Exhibitions" tool being offered to developers. It gives developers the APIs they'll need to access and make use of the TouchStone inductive charger accessory that is available to Palm devices. Developers will be able to build functions into their apps that take advantage of the TouchStone and perform certain actions when webOS devices are charging.

    Palm revamped its Synergy contact application. The new developer tools will give application writers more access to the code buried in Synergy, and allow them to build their own apps into Synergy. Palm says developers can access Synergy data and cross-pollinate it between other programs and services on the device.

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    webOS 2.0 now supports more plug-ins via the revised PDK (plug-in developer kit. Palm explains, "Using plug-ins, you can more easily port app logic from other platforms while leveraging the Mojo Framework to give users a familiar interface and integrate seamlessly into webOS." It will support games and apps created with C/C++.

    Last, Palm has baked more HTML5 support into webOS 2.0. The biggest features are the ability to support Web-based storage, application caching, and geo-location features on Web sites.

    Palm says that select developers will have access to the new SDK starting Wednesday, September 1. The new software itself is due to reach end users later this year.


    Palm Releases WebOS 2.0 Details
    ARTICLE DATE: 08.31.10

    By Sascha Segan

    Palm Releases WebOS 2.0 Details

    Palm on Tuesday released the software developer's kit for the next version of WebOS, which includes many details on features that will come to future WebOS products.

    Palm currently sells Pre and Pixi phones on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. But since the company was bought by HP, Palm has kept a low profile, with no major software or hardware releases and several key employees jumping ship. HP, of course, has had its own problems, most notably the resignation of chief executive Mark Hurd. The company has said, though, that it intends to release a WebOS 'product' in early 2011 that many observers are saying will be a slate-style tablet.

    Top features of WebOS 2.0 include:

    Developer access to Synergy. This may be the most important move. Palm's original, flagship feature folded various calendars and address books together into a unified view. Other OSes, most notably Android, have copied that. Opening up Synergy lets developers merge their own services into the unified contact book, calendar, and messaging inbox.

    Multitasking stacks. WebOS manages multitasking by turning apps into "cards." Stacks take that metaphor a step further, by grouping related cards together.

    Just Type. WebOS pioneered universal search, which lets you start typing and find anything on your phone or on the Web. Now lots of phones have this feature. Just Type lets developers create "quick actions" that let users "start an e-mail, create a message, update your status, search your favorite Web sites—all without having to launch an app," according to Palm's Web site.

    Dock mode. Called "Exhibition," a new dock mode will let apps put up special screens when a Palm device is sitting on its Touchstone dock. "Think slide shows; stock, news and sports tickers; social network updates; virtual pets; a killer alarm clock," Palm wrote.

    Better access to native hardware. Palm's Plug-In Developers Kit (PDK), which lets developers write code in C++ rather than in JavaScript, enables 3D games and deep access to Palm phones' hardware. WebOS 2.0 is letting more developers get access to those tools.

    WebOS 2.0 will come out "later this year," according to Palm.

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