Pre 2 Rumored Amidst Dwindling webOS Stock
While the post-HP Palm world has been completely devoid of both new products and new rumors, there have been a few rumblings about forthcoming WebOS products for the fall holiday season.
PhoneArena has a huge scoop on Verizon's full roadmap for the remainder of the year. They claim that their source is "trusty" but of course nothing can be completely confirmed at this point. According to the report, a so-called Palm Pre 2 is reportedly in the works for October, but no other details such as which version of OS will be onboard are available. This report could tie in nicely with last week's report on the so-called RoadRunner device reportedly packing WebOS 2.0. Of course, reports and sightings of Palm's mythical C40 have been circulating for a year now, so until some blurrycam photos emerge of actual new hardware, all rumors should be taken with a sizable grain of salt.
Additionally, a fairly publicized report came out yesterday from PreCentral detailing the surprising and sudden lack of new Pre Pluses available online from both Verizon and AT&T. This is quite remarkable due to the reportedly slow sales figures of those devices, as well as the fact that these are the newest hardware releases from Palm, both having launched in 2010 vs. the original Sprint Pre in June of 2009. All current WebOS devices are in stock and being sold for free on hp.com's Wireless Central store. A quick trip to a local Verizon Wireless corporate store revealed the Pre Plus very much in stock and on display for $49.99, albeit relegated to a less prominent area of the smartphone section. A non-working Pixi Plus was on display and marked as a "Special Order" device.
What is even potentially more interesting, however, is that the AT&T Pixi Plus has quietly been removed from HP's Wireless Central store and is also out of stock online from AT&T. If the reports from earlier this spring were indeed correct, it's possible that AT&T truly only had a limited quantity of Pre Pluses to sell (and ever fewer Pixis) so an out of stock situation shouldn't necessarily be considered a harbinger of new hardware around the corner.