webOS 2.0 coming “later this year”

Us Canadians who have the Palm Pre recently got a new upgrade to webOS 1.4.5… good news today as head of HP’s Palm division (formally Palm CEO) Jon Rubinstein said at Fortune Brainstorm Tech that webOS 2.0 is expected to come out “later this year”. No exact details were given on what it will look like or when it will actually be pushed out

Palm is expected to release new devices too. Remember a few weeks ago at a Palm developer conference where Palm reps said “I’m not allowed to talk about future roadmaps, especially because we’re in the process of being acquired by HP, so I can’t say. But yes we have a road map. We are working on future devices. And [a] new version of the OS. So I think, you’re going to find the next year very exciting.”

With webOS coming out, plus new devices it might shape up to be a good end of year show for HP/Palm. But on a bit of a downer note. HP CEO Mark Hurd was quoted today by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine saying that the Palm brand might “move into the background” similar to the “HP Pavillion for personal computers” – a sub-brand”.

Via: PreCentral (1) & PreCentral (2)