Palm Pre and Pixi Getting HP webOS 2.0: No Flash Player for Pixi

It is official—The Palm Pre and Pixi are getting webOS 2.0. The ‘Plus’ variations of the devices are getting the update too of course. The only problem? So far, the Palm Pixi and Pixi Plus are not going to be compatible with Adobe Flash 10.1 like the Pre series. This could change at the last minute, but don’t hold your breath.

Now that HP is firmly in control of Palm, they have rebranded Palm’s webOS as HP webOS with the 2.0 update. Yeah, now it is HP webOS 2.0. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Palm Pre 2 could be seen as early as November 11th  on Verizon Wireless. That’s what DroidLife’s Verizon source is saying anyway. You know what that means? HP webOS 2.0 will be launching on the new smartphone. Yes, the OS update we have all been waiting for is almost here.

The only hitch in the launch of the HP/Palm Pre 2 and webOS 2.0? Palm’s developer support has practically dried up. The version of QuickOffice that will be packaged with webOS 2.0 lacks the ability to create or edit Microsoft Office files (you can only view them). Sure, QuickOffice says they will let you buy document editing and creation features, but that’s slated for later. Remember, DataViz canceled DocumentsToGo—a long standby for Palm users—for webOS a while ago and has not recanted on its decision. Research In Motion (RIM) also purchased some of DataViz’s assets last month. Long story short, webOS 2.0 owners might be stuck waiting for QuickOffice.

Excited for the Pre 2? It will be packing a solid 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor. Slight modifications to the design of the smartphone make it slightly distinguishable from the Pre Plus it is replacing.

What about you Palm Pixi and Pixi Plus owners out there? Hoping to get some Flash 10.1 love from HP and RIM? The possibility of no Flash enough to get you to upgrade to a Pre model?

HP webOS 2.0 not that big of an upgrade in your opinion? Think the Skype calling through Verizon will be good? What about the improved HTML5 browser? HP Synergy? This starting to look a lot like BlackBerry’s Social Feeds? Tell me in the comments below.

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