Remember the first Palm Pilot? Yeah, I do too. I did not have that one. But I was one of the very first to get a Palm III where I work. It seemed so cutting edge at the time. We evenhad the little modem that plugged into the bottom that you connected to your phone line to dial-in. Yep, there was no WIFI. It used dial-up. 🙂

Well Palm’s have come a long way. As you no doubt know by now, HP recently purchased Palm. And they have gotten right to work and updated the webOS to ready it for release in France, US & Canada on the new Palm Pre 2. This is a substantial update since the release of the first webOS version in 2009.

I never owned a Palm Pre. A couple of friends did that they absolutely loved them. I touched one a couple of times. LOL. The feel was pretty good. It is a small little keyboard though.

However, Palm got the multitasking right first. Switching between apps is smooth, and it looks like they have made it even better.

Here is a list of notable upgrades:

  • True Multitasking – Pause a game, tap an email notification, check your calendar, read a restaurant review, send an email reply, then switch back to the game without closing anything. webOS lets you easily manage multiple open applications and notifications using natural touch gestures.
  • Just Type – Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites – all before you’ve even opened an app. With webOS 2.0, whenever you want to do something on your phone – whether it’s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything – just type.
  • HP Synergy – webOS was the first mobile OS to connect you seamlessly to multiple web services to allow easy updating to Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo! and Microsoft Exchange. webOS 2.0 will extend the support for Synergy so developers can easily plug new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources directly into the core webOS experiences.
  • Exhibition – A new way to use your webOS phone, Exhibition lets you run apps designed specifically for the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock, turning charge time into useful time. Set your phone on the dock and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today’s agenda to a slideshow of your Facebook photos.
  • Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 Beta – With version 2.0, webOS now supports a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser, which provides access to rich, Flash-based web content.