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This article was published on August 31, 2010

    webOS 2.0 APIs, beta SDK and features surface

    webOS 2.0 APIs, beta SDK and features surface
    Chad Catacchio
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    Chad Catacchio

    Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in th Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in the US and China. Check out his personal blog to connect with him or follow him on Twitter (if you dare).

    Palm/HP has released a beta version of the webOS 2.0 SDK, as well as APIs and a look at a few interface features.

    Due out later this year, webOS 2.0, will, according to PreCentral, include these new/improved/re-branded features (as well as most likely many more):

    • Palm’s multitasking ‘card’ metaphor is getting a refresh with Stacks
    • Universal Search is getting majorly beefed up with ‘Quick Actions,’ will be opened to developers, and rebranded as Just Type
    • Apps can have custom Touchstone at-a-glance views with Exhibition
    • Synergy is opening up to developers
    • HTML5 and Javascript support is much improved
    • Hybrid PDK/SDK apps will be fully supported

    So “Stacks” will be webOS 2.0’s multi-tasking interface, “Just Type” will be its universal search plus a new “Quick Actions” function that will direct the OS to do tasks, “Synergy” will be will include APIs for devs to create email/contacts/calendar apps, and the new OS will add better HTML5 and JavaScript support. Overall, sounds interesting (especially when you think about it in terms of a HP tablet) and we highly suggest that if you’re really interested you read the entire PreCentral post, which is pretty comprehensive.

    Image: PreCentral