webOS 2.0.1 hits unlocked devices, shows how fast things happen without the carriers (Update)
Those of us that don’t have unlocked Palm Pre 2 phones are still wondering when in “the coming months” we’ll be getting webOS 2.0. Actually, as of this morning, we can revise that to webOS 2.0.1. If you happen to own an unlocked Pre 2, you’ll actually be able to get the latest and greatest from Palm right now. We don’t know what exactly is in webOS 2.0.1, as Palm has yet to post a changelog, but judging by the fact that it’s a rather incremental update, we’d say its probably just to iron out some bugs that made it through the initial 2.0 release.
What this does demonstrate with startling clarity is how fast Palm really can iterate updates. Since the unlocked devices were not purchased from any carrier (direct from HP, as it were), owners of such phones need not wait on carrier approval for their updates to come - it’s just Palm. That’s a two-sided coin, of course. You get the updates faster, but without the thorough testing that carriers tend to require before releasing an update on their contracted masses.
Update: Just got the word from Palm: bugfixes, as you would expect with a .01 update.
Source: webOSroundup; Thanks to everybody that sent this in!