Introducing webOS™ 2.0Introducing webOS 2.0, the next generation of Palm's amazing mobile operating system! webOS 2.0 is the biggest webOS update yet, offering great new features for consumers and developers alike.
webOS 2.0 will be released later this year, and a beta version of the webOS 2.0 SDK is available now via the SDK Early Access Program.
In this article we'll give everyone a sneak peek at some of what's coming in webOS 2.0. We'll focus on a few of the features that are most relevant to developers, but there's something here for everyone—so read on!*
Palm's groundbreaking card metaphor made multi-tasking on a handheld device easy and intuitive for the first time. webOS 2.0 takes it to the next level by grouping related cards in stacks, reducing clutter, and making it even easier to move quickly between tasks. webOS 2.0 automatically stacks cards for you when it makes sense, and you can also drag and drop cards to manage stacks yourself.
As a developer, you don't need to do anything special to take advantage of Stacks—new cards resulting from user actions in your app will automatically be grouped with your app's main card.
Universal Search has always been the fastest way to find stuff in webOS, whether that stuff is on your device or online. In webOS 2.0, Universal Search has gotten even better—and it's not just for searching anymore, so we've renamed it Just Type.
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. With webOS 2.0, whenever you want to do something on your phone, whether it’s emailing, texting, searching, or almost anything else, just type!
As a developer, you can expand your apps' capabilities using the power of Just Type. You can hook into Just Type in a couple of different ways:
- Enable users to search within your app. If your data is stored on device, Just Type will present real-time suggestions as the user types. If your data is online, users will type a query and then tap to launch your app, where you'll present the results.
- Define your own Quick Actions. Make it easier than ever for your users to update social status, set reminders, add items to a shopping list—or do whatever it takes to get things done in the context of your app.
Run new apps designed specifically for phones placed on the Palm Touchstone™ Charging Dock. Set your phone on the dock and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today's agenda to a slideshow of your Facebook photos.
A few Exhibition options will be built into webOS 2.0, but we're counting on you and your fellow developers to make Exhibition truly great-- think slide shows; stock, news and sports tickers; social network updates; virtual pets; a killer alarm clock--you get the picture! You can add Exhibition support to an existing app, or build something new just for Exhibition.
When webOS was introduced, Palm Synergy instantly set a new standard for accessing and managing your personal data on the go. Synergy brings together information from multiple sources automatically, so everything you need is in one place. Sign in to your Facebook®, Google™, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn®, and Yahoo! accounts, and information populates your phone automatically. Facebook friends' birthdays show up in your contacts. Work and personal calendars appear side by side. IM and text messages are combined into a single conversation.
In webOS 2.0, we're opening Synergy up to our developer ecosystem, so your customers can pull more of the web onto their phones. You'll be able to develop Synergy connectors for Contacts, Calendar, and Messaging--and later, for other webOS data types as well. Using the new Synergy APIs, you can let your users:
- Connect to your chat or IM network from the webOS Messaging app
- Access their personal contacts, their favorite businesses, or your community's shared address book from the webOS Contacts UI
- View and manage their personal and shared calendars, keep track of their favorite sports and entertainment events, and more, from within the webOS Calendar app
This feature will exit beta in webOS 2.0, opening the door for you to distribute apps that incorporate PDK plug-ins. 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.
webOS 2.0 adds a number of new HTML5 features and enhancements, giving you more tools to work with when building apps and sites for webOS. Highlights include:
- Enhanced Canvas support, including image data and gradients
- Support for Web Storage—both local and session storage
- Geolocation support, allowing websites to access location information with the user’s permission
- Application Cache, which lets websites cache resources on the device for offline use
And more…Don’t think that this is all there is to webOS 2.0—these are just the highlights. We've added a lot of features that will give your apps more power and flexibility than ever. We're excited about what webOS 2.0 has to offer, and we think you will be, too!
* The features described are slated for webOS 2.0. However, some may not appear in the first public release.
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