Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced webOS 2, the latest version of Palm's mobile operating system and the Palm Pre 2 Smartphone.

HP, which bought Palm earlier this year for $1.2 billion, said the Palm Pre 2 will be the first device to run webOS 2.0.

The Pre 2 will go on-sale in France at the end of this week. HP did not provide a North American availability date and would only say that it would come to the United States and Canada in "coming months".

Features of the Palm Pre 2 Smartphone include: a 1GHz processor , 3.1-inch multi-touch screen with 320 x 480 resolution, slide out QWERTY keyboard, built-in GPS, 5 megapixel camera, 16GB of storage, media player, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Notable new features of WebOS 2.0 which is expected to run both Palm smartphones and future tablet computers from HP include multitasking, Flash 10.1 support, and a redesigned Palm App catalog.

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