Original Palm Pre Spotted Running webOS 2.0 Beta

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Palm Pre 2 owners may have the latest webOS 2.0 to play with, but what about other Palm owners? The company has been claiming that older devices like the Pre, Pixi, and their Plus versions, would eventually get an OS upgrade, but the software has yet to materialize. Fret not, as Palm is still working on it, as shown in some leaked pics of webOS 2.0 on the original Palm Pre.

It’s good that Palm is still developing the beta, rather than rushing out a release, as according to the tipster who released this information, webOS 2.0 on the Pre is “not fast enough”. While the Pre 2 is capable of speeds up to 1GHz, the Pre is only clocked to 500MHz. Considering there’s only a measly 256MB of RAM to work with, that optimization process sounds like it could be a tough job. Besides the need for speed improvements, there are also supposed to be a few lingering bugs to work out.

The beta version of webOS in the pictured build is labeled “HP webOS Nova-Barley”. While this version of the software is at 2.0.1, the tipster claimed that Palm’s waiting until 2.1 is ready to send it out to users. The 2.0.1 beta is running on Pre-type models, but hasn’t yet been ported over to the Pixi and the Pre 2 (though we think those users will be plenty happy with 2.0 for the time being).

Since Palm is clearly farther along with work on some of these phones than others, we’re hoping it doesn’t wait until they’re all prepared for a unified webOS 2.1 release, but instead sends the code out to each device as it becomes ready. Either way, you should start seeing upgrades come out in the next few months.

Source & Image: Engadget

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