Palm's Jon Rubinstein: WebOS 2.0 coming "later this year"

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When HP snatched up Palm, the webOS community feared the worst. Was webOS doomed to be shelved, with HP tearing Palm apart solely for their patents? Within days, however, HP confirmed that they had no plans to abandon webOS or Palm’s smartphone business — in fact, HP wanted to put webOS onto a bunch of other devices, like printers and tablets.

Further proving that webOS isn’t dead, Jon Rubinstein just casually dropped a mention of “webOS 2.0″ on a panel at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, saying that it’d be coming “later this year”.

Alas, outside of the name (and that it’ll presumably contain at least some of the foundation for webOS-powered tablets), we don’t know a whole lot about it. What’s going to warrant the big jump up to version 2.0? Let us know your guesses down in the comments below.

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