UGLY: HP Removes 'Palm' From webOS 2.0 Branding


I just finished reading a horrible piece of mobility news saying that HP Drops Palm From webOS’s Branding, Launches HP webOS 2.0.

I mean, it was supposed to be a positive thing – a new version of webOS! Good stuff in it and a great day for any mobility fan, but what about dropping the name 'Palm' and replacing it with HP???

HP webOS???

How mean! How fast!

Question is: is that a wise move by HP?

Just to remind you, HP, the one who managed to completely destroy the name of the famous Comaq iPaq PDA's, turning them into the worst smartphones ever created (and I know, I had one when I used to develop for Windows Mobile).

The same HP that didn't do well in the past few years in mobility.

And on the other hand, there is Palm – the company that many of us used to like, appreciate the quality of products, and wish for the best. The company who didn't manage to pull it off, but still leaves a good taste in the mouth when talked about…


Do you really think that HP webOS sounds better than Palm webOS?

I think not. Would be interesting to read your thoughts about it…

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What's new in webOS 2.0?

Regarding webOS 2.0 – the list of new features and improvements looks impressive with some interesting items:


  • 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.(1,2) webOS lets you easily manage multiple open applications and notifications using natural touch gestures. New in webOS 2.0, Stacks logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Whether you’re reading email or planning a night on the town, Stacks keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is even easier.
  • Just Type – Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites – all before you’ve even opened an app.(1) With webOS 2.0, whenever you want to do something on your phone – whether it’s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything – just type. And Just Type is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.
  • HP Synergy – webOS was the first mobile OS to connect you seamlessly to multiple web services. With the Synergy feature, you just have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and your information automatically populates your phone.(3) 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.(4)
  • 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.(4,5) Set your phone on the dock and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today’s agenda to a slideshow of your Facebook photos. Exhibition will enable developers to display aspects of their existing app experience or create specialized apps for use when users have their webOS device in charge mode on the charging dock.
  • 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.


New Features:

  • Favorites – With webOS 2.0, you can tag your favorite contacts so they appear as favorites in Phone and Contacts views. When you search for them by name, they instantly show up at the top of the Contacts, Email, Messaging and Phone apps. Favorites make it simple to get in touch fast.
  • Skype Mobile™ (Verizon Wireless only) – For Verizon Wireless customers, webOS 2.0 supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging while in the United States to anywhere in the world, and low-rate calls to international landlines and cell phones.
  • Text Assist – webOS 2.0 offers greatly expanded capabilities to spell check, auto correct, set up macros and customize the dictionary.
  • Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite – An all-new document viewer from the leading provider of mobile document viewers offers support for Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and provides integration with a variety of services, including Google Docs and Dropbox.
  • Facebook 2.0 – Available via the Palm App Catalog, Facebook 2.0 will support Facebook IM via Synergy in the Messaging application,(4) as well as Stacks, status updates via Quick Action and the Exhibition feature.
  • Browser – The browser adds support for more HTML5 features, including geolocation support. OpenSearch plug-in support makes it easy to add your favorite websites to Just Type web search.
  • Messaging – The unified Messaging app in webOS 2.0 adds Yahoo! IM and buddy management. Customers can now connect to their buddies through SMS, MMS, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo! IM.
  • VPN – webOS 2.0 supports the most popular ways to connect to a corporate network, including IPsec and Cisco AnyConnect mobile-optimized VPN, which supports SSL (TLS and DTLS).
  • App Catalog – The redesigned Palm App Catalog makes finding and discovering great apps even easier.(7) And the new Software Manager helps you keep your apps up-to-date.
  • Launcher – A redesigned app launcher lets you add, label and reorder launcher pages.
  • Phone – The webOS 2.0 Phone app lets you easily dial your favorites and offers reverse area code lookup and Skype Mobile integration (Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless only). Accounts – The new Accounts app provides a single place to manage all your Synergy accounts.
  • Bluetooth® keyboards – webOS now supports Bluetooth keyboards and Bluetooth SPP peripherals, enabling applications such as barcode readers and realty lock boxes.
  • A host of developer features – In addition to Exhibition, Just Type and Synergy APIs, webOS 2.0 adds Node.JS, enabling developers to create services in JavaScript. They also can now use the webOS Plug-In Development Kit (PDK) to combine C/C++ with web technologies in a single app.

Looking good. the press release also included a note about the new version of the Palm Pre (at least HP was kind enough to keep that name…).

If you are interested in more information and video demonstrations, visit this page: Palm webOS Specifications.

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movers said…
The webOS looks so sweet. It really blows my smartphone out of the water. Maybe Christmas...
Manhattan said…
Honestly, the name doesn't mean anything for me. They could call it the poopoo deluxe for all I care.
Gil Bouhnick said…
To me Palm represents innovative UI (second only to Apple), positive thinking, years of mobile experience.

I think it was better to hold the name and add HP somewhere...
Jan said…
HP may be suffering from an ego problem perhaps? The need to 'see' themselves as always being the first brand name reminds me of LSI keywords :-) Anyway, if it is good technology, it will stand on its merits regardless of what they name it.