HP webOS 3.0 SDK released

HP outs first webOS version specific to tablets
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

Yes, HP had the webOS specifically in mind while acquiring Palm last year, although it took some time for the company to actually make use of it. The American major has now announced the first major iteration of the webOS after it started to play a part in the development of the mobile device OS.

The HP webOS 3.0 is unique in the way that it is the first ever version of the OS to be specifically knitted for tablets. In fact, the first ever tablet that the webOS 3.0 will find its home in will be the yet-to-be launched HP Touchpad. A glimpse of the new OS version and some related apps was seen when the HP Touchpad was introduced just recently. Also, the company has released a preview of the webOS 3.0 SDK and reportedly the tools let you develop apps that are not restricted to only tablet-sized resolutions. 

Primary features of the new webOS version include a resizable on-screen keyboard, a new notification system, a new web browser with a brand-new toolbar and buttons. Yet another improvement in the e-mail app comes in the form of a multi-panel view which shows a list of messages or contacts on the left and the full message on the right. Also is being heard that Amazon will probably bring its Kindle eBook app to the latest version of the OS and a version of QuickOffice is in the making specific to the platform. A video store from Roxio is also on the cards.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-02-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)