webOS Community Gets Another Blow

The latest round of bad (alleged) news is making its way through the webOS community, this time around the fact that the webOS 2.X update for legacy devices may not arrive until sometime in the first quarter. Precentral reports:

Palm promised that HP webOS 2.0 would be available by the end of 2010. In a way, they’ve delivered, if you want the updated operating system all you’ve got to do is buy a Palm Pre 2. Maybe that’s not the most ideal of solutions, as most of us would prefer that we get the update free-of-charge and over-the-air on our current devices, but it’s looking like the old frustrating but purposely vague “coming months” line is what we’ll have to wait for.

According to a post on O2 Germany’s official Twitter account, webOS 2.0 won’t hit Palm devices on their network until the first quarter of next year, otherwise known as sometime between the beginning of January and the end of March 2011. O2 Germany’s Twitter timeline has always been remarkably frank about the state of Palm devices, so we’ll take them at their word, disappointing as it may be.

Along with it comes another round of complaints and threats to leave the platform, as is to be expected. Of course, those might not be threats, but rather merely recognition of the fact that some people simply can’t (or see no need to) wait for certain functionality.

For myself, I’ve been saying for awhile now that the current webOS community may not make it through the natural delays created by the acquisition and subsequent adjustments on the part of both companies. It’s already been hit hard and I fully expect the bleeding to continue, with some long-time, die-hard webOS enthusiasts trying out other platforms like Android and Windows Phone 7. I also fully expect many or most of them to return at some point, when webOS is fully fleshed out on competitive modern hardware.

When will this happen? I have no idea, but here’s a guess. Many of the folks who are leaving are original launch-day (or soon after) Pre purchasers and so will benefit from Sprint’s annual upgrade option. Because I also believe that it’ll be around this time next year, or certainly sometime in the third quarter of 2011, that HP Palm will have completed rolling out exciting hardware and software (without the ecosystem; that’ll come in 2012, I think), then that’s when we’ll see the community start to come together again.

In the meantime, I expect things to be slow and sad in the webOS community. If you disagree, let me know: but at this point, things certainly aren’t all rainbows and unicorns.


  1. “Because I also believe that it’ll be around this time next year, or certainly sometime in the third quarter of 2011, that HP Palm will have completed rolling out exciting hardware and software”

    Which is why I used my 1 year upgrade to get a new pre. I don’t think I would be able to afford any of the new stuff comes out. And hopefully in a year the new stuff will be priced lower to where I can afford one. My original pre lasted more than a year with only a crack by the USB and few scratches. I know I have been lucky but now I know what to expect.

  2. I’d say I agree, though I’d be happy with the OS upgrade at this point. My general feel around things in the webOS community is that you have 3 groups, those wanting more from the HW side, those wanting more from the software/applications side and finally those who demand both. The first two groups are most likely still with webOS though interest is waning, the last group left with the EVO and the EPIC. Personally I’m not up for another upgrade until May at the earliest so I’ll be here till then. Either way I love webOS and want it to succeed… Oh well, there’s always Twitter! :)

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