As soon as 2011 kicks off, HP/Palm should unveil officially a series of new devices running under the webOS 2.0 operating system, including tablet PCs and new smartphones with larger screens, all of which would be supported in a new development framework the company is coming up with.
The fact that we should expect for HP to release some pretty appealing new devices during the next year is not something new, as the company already unveiled officially such plans.
Palm's Phil McKinney confirmed again during Palm's Developer Day in New York City that tablets, new phones, and “really interesting new form factors” are expected to land on shelves with webOS on board in 2011.
But this is not all, it seems, as the company is also hard at work with designing a new development framework for application builders, one that would offer them the possibility to come up with software for the various planned form factors, and which should sport the name of Enyo.
Among the main features of this solution, we can count native hardware acceleration and faster app load times, as well as the possibility to scale to multiple aspect ratios.
To demonstrate what they are planning for the future of webOS, Palm showcased a single-pane portrait email application. The app was showed in the desktop version of Chrome. When maximized, it revealed a fully-functioning three-pane landscape layout that would fit perfectly with the screen of a tablet PC.
At the moment, the application is only a proof of concept, but the Enyo framework should offer developers the possibility to come up with a wide range of additional similar applications.