– Pre2: Palm’s latest device running WebOS has debuted in Germany and the U.K. In both cases the device is being sold SIM-free and independent of any carrier deals. In the U.K., O2, which had secured exclusivity for the original Palm (NSDQ: PALM) Pre, decided not to extend this to the newer model, saying it already had enough smartphones in its catalogue.
– Orbitz: The travel site has launched its first native app for Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Android devices that lets the user search for and book “a broad selection” of flights, car rentals and hotels. Orbitz has also relaunched its mobile website, accessible from any Web-enabled mobile phone. [via Release]
– Android and NFC: A boost for mobile payments. Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt says that the next version of the Android operating system, Gingerbread, will focus on mobile payments and offer support for near-field communication technology. [via intomobile]