• palm os,  pixi,  pre,  web os

    Classic Saves You Some Green on Earth Day

    MotionApp is going green for Earth Day! On their Facebook page, MotionApps writes:

    “Gone green during time limited promo. You can get Classic for $19.99 as of now”.

    Classic is the webOS application that allows you to run all of your old Palm OS application on your Palm Pre or Pixi smartphone. Classic also allows you to HotSync with Palm Desktop running on your Windows PC using either a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.

    For more information, check out the MotionApps website
  • app catalog,  facebook,  pixi,  pre,  web os

    Facebook App for webOS 1.2.0

    The new Facebook client adds Facebook updates to webOS so you can receive Facebook notifications in the webOS notifications area. (See the image below to see what the notifications for Facebook looks like.)

    I’m not the biggest Facebook user, but I did install the update yesterday and I think Facebook users (fanatics or not) will like the new feature. With this release of Facebook , I believe that the Palm webOS client is on par with the iPhone OS client in everyway. Way to go Palm!

    If you have an earlier version of the webOS Facebook app, you can upgrade to version 1.2.0 using the Updates application. If you don’t have the Facebook app installed on your Palm Pre or Pixi, you can get it today from the App Catalog.

  • pixi,  pre,  sprint,  web os

    Palm webOS Update Available

    Palm Pre and Pixi customers on Sprint can jump on the webOS 1.4.1 fun today Palm has released the webOS update is available for download. You can install the update over the air using the Updates application on your Palm Pre or Pixi.

    Palm webOS delivers the following fixes:


    • This release fixes an issue so that the phone now correctly connects with supported BMW car kits.


    • This release fixes an issue so that newly taken photos and videos do not overwrite existing ones.

    Doc View

    • If you open a file and perform the back gesture, the app now returns to the file list screen.
    • Pinching in/out to zoom out/in now works correctly.


    • This release fixes an intermittent issue so that the volume slider no longer appears onscreen incorrectly.

    Touchstone charging dock

    • When the phone is on a Touchstone charging dock, the screen now consistently turns off correctly (displaying the lock icon and the time) after the shut-off interval.

    You can read the full list of changes and enhancements in Palm webOS on the Palm webOS updates website. Bell and Verizon customers who have the Pre and Pixi will have to wait a little bit longer as the update is not listed on the Palm website.

  • homebrew,  pixi,  pre,  web os

    Palm: Don’t Overclock Your Phone

    PreCentral.net has posted an official statement from Palm on the webOS hacker community’s attempt to speed up their phones running webOS.

    In the brief statement posted on the PreCentral.net website, Palm writes:

    “We have had a number of questions about the recently released “overclocking” patches and what Palm’s position on them are.

    Palm is working hard to improve the speed and performance of webOS, as shown in our recent 1.4 update. While we appreciate the effort the webOS community has put forth to try and help us along that path, the use of this application is neither endorsed nor recommended by Palm and will likely result in a voided warranty. Palm encourages webOS users to let Palm release official updates that provide safe, reliable, over-the-air features that improve their device in a number of areas, as we have in the past at a rate of approximately once per month.”

    There you have it, folks. Overclock your Palm Pre or Pixi at your own risk! If you you overclock your phone, and you end up getting burned, Palm is going to charge you to repair or replace your phone.

    You can read the full article on the PreCentral website.

    [Via PreCentral.net…]

  • pixi,  pre,  sprint,  verizon,  web os

    Sprint Only: webOS Yahoo IM

    I just found out from a reliable source that only Sprint edition webOS devices, namely the Palm Pre and Pixi, are the only webOS devices that can use Yahoo IM from inside the Palm Messaging application.

    No reason was given as to why there is a difference between the Sprint and Verizon webOS phones – only that Sprint phones can and Verizon phones can’t.

    Go figure.

  • att,  pixi,  pre,  web os

    Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus Announced for AT&T

    Palm’s webOS smartphones, the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, will be arriving on AT&T “in the coming months.”

    AT&T’s 80 million customers will soon have a new choice for staying connected in their fast-paced lives — the Palm(R) webOS(TM) platform. Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) today announced that the Palm Pre(TM) Plus and Palm Pixi(TM) Plus phones will be available on the nation’s fastest 3G network for $149.99 and $49.99, respectively, with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

    “AT&T and Palm have a history of smartphone leadership, and today’s announcement is a significant milestone for us,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. “With Palm webOS phones coming to AT&T, Palm can help most anyone in the United States stay connected so they never miss a thing.”

    “We’re offering our customers even greater choice by adding Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to the nation’s best smartphone portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Palm webOS plus included access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network and the ability to talk and surf the web at the same time is a powerful combination.”

    Pre Plus and Pixi Plus also support a variety of AT&T services, including AT&T Navigator for audible turn-by-turn navigation (subscription required), AT&T Address Book to easily synchronize online contacts to your phone, and YPMobile to quickly find local businesses. They also include the following features and specifications. (NOTE: A complete list of features and specifications for each phone is available at www.att.com/WebOS or www.palm.com/PrePlus and www.palm.com/PixiPlus.)

    • Palm Synergy(TM), a key feature of Palm webOS that brings your information from all the places it resides – including Outlook(3), Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and LinkedIn – into one logical view that links your contacts and calendars, so accessing them is easier than ever
    • The ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and easily move between them
    • Unobtrusive notifications
    • Universal search
    • Over-the-air software updates delivered directly to a user’s phone
    • High-quality applications from the Palm App Catalog
    • High-speed connectivity
    • Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
    • Full QWERTY keyboard
    • High-performance, desktop-class web browser
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
    • Integrated GPS
    • Robust messaging support (combining IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
    • Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, a camera with LED flash and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
    • Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)
    • Bluetooth(R) 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
    • USB mass storage mode
    • Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
    • Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touchscreen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
    • Light sensor, which reduces power usage by dimming the display if the ambient light is dark
    • Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
    • Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
    • Removable, rechargeable battery
    • Band/modes: UMTS bands/HSDPA 3.6: 850/1900Quad band GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900; GSM/GPRS/EDGE Class 10

    Pricing and Availability

    Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will be available in AT&T stores and online at www.wireless.att.com in the coming months for $149.99 and $49.99, respectively, with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. More information is available at www.att.com/webOS.


    With all of the negative press that Palm has received over the last week or two, I’m really surprised that Palm isn’t talking about ship dates for the AT&T versions of their webOS phones. I realize that carrier testing can be sort of a mystic black art that can consume lots of time of software developers and system engineers both at Palm and AT&T. I really do believe that time is of the essence here and that Palm and all of their carrier partners here in the US really need to take things up a notch and get on the ball with their marketing A-game so to speak.

    You can read today’s full press release on the Palm website.

  • pixi,  pre,  web os

    Palm webOS 1.4.0 Impressions

    With webOS 1.4.0, Palm has introduced over 70 new feature enhancements and fixes to their customers. I installed the update on my Sprint edition Pre and have spent some time playing with it. What follows are my impressions of some of the new features you can look forward to in webOS 1.4.0.

    YouTube Links in App Catalog

    The new App Catalog now allows developers to embed a link to a YouTube video of their application in action as seen here for ETI Studios Dice Tower application. Just tap on the video link to the upper right of the screen an the video loads up in webOS’ YouTube player application. That’s a nice feature since I almost never go to a YouTube page to view a video of a webOS or iPhone application in action before I buy.

    Device Info

    With this release of webOS, Palm has given their customers more control about how data is destroyed on a Pre or Pixi. There are now three types of data deletion options to delete applications and their data, everything from the USB drive partition, and a secure full erase (which erases apps, data, and the USB drive).

    I think these features are important with so much focus on privacy today. You will want to use these features when you send your phone in for repair (don’t forget to back up first!), swap phones (for personal or corporate use), or give away or sell your phone when you get a new one. You won’t believe how many times over the last 10 years I have been told about stories of people buying a used phone and it still having the previous owner’s data still on it.

    Blink Notifications

    This is a feature I have been waiting for since June 6, 2009 – Not that I’ve been counting the days, hours, and minutes or anything like that!

    Finally, finally, you can receive a visual notice that your Pre or Pix wants to get your attention when the screen is off! When there is a new message waiting for you, like an unread email, the Center button on my Sprint Pre now blinks twice, waits four seconds, and then blinks again.

    Startup Card

    This new “feature” drives me nuts. Before this feature was baked, or perhaps half-baked, into webOS, I never thought that app load times where longer then any other smartphone. Now I have a graphic that gets in my face every time I launch a new application that reminds me that I have to wait for my application to load. Ugh! I hate the start up card because I almost always flick cards away when I’m done using an app, so I start apps up all the time. Hopefully, we’ll be given an option to turn this option off in a future release of webOS.

    Improved Performance and Battery Life

    I don’t have a screen shot for this one. I just hope that Palm continues to work on these issues. There are times when I’m left wondering what the hell my Pre is doing as I wait there wondering if the phone accepted my touch or keyboard command. I would like to see Palm’s software engineers to continue to improve the peppiness of webOS.

    Battery life is my #1 gripe with the Pre and webOS, bar none. It is a serious problem in my book when a phone battery does dead in anything less than 48 hours. When I was using my Palm Treo 700p, Treo 755p, the BlackBerry Curve, and even now with my HTC Droid Eris, I can go a full two days without having to worry about charging my phone. With the Pre and webOS, I start to worry about the battery about happy hour. It’s hard to use your phone for social networking when the battery is dead. But more importantly than that, if I forget to put the Pre on my Touchstone charging base, I shouldn’t wake up in the morning to a dead phone. That is just the pits and I refuse to carry around another $50 battery to get the same run time as my older phones have right now.


    In conclusion, there are a number of nice things included in this release of webOS. There are more features that I like than things I find annoying, and at the end of the day, I’ll get over them. If you like to have the latest and greatest software on your phone, download this update now using the Updates application.

  • pixi,  pre,  sprint,  web os

    Palm webOS 1.4.0 Update Arrives

    The Palm webOS 1.4 update has finally showed up as being available for install on my Sprint Palm Pre this morning.

    Palm’s management had said that the update would be rolled out in February during their CES press event last month. The update weighs in at 39MB.

    As of right now, the 1.4.0 update is only available for webOS Pre and Pixi phones from Sprint, O2 UK, O2 DE, O2 Ireland, and Movistar networks. If you have a Palm webOS phone on Verizon, Bell, or other carrier, you are going to have to wait a little longer for the certification testing to be completed.

    The webOS 1.4.0 update does not include any new applications, however, it does include some 70+ documented updates to Palm’s mobile operating system. This update includes the following fixes and enhancements:


    • You can customize calendar notification sounds in Preferences & Accounts. The options include Mute, System Sound, Ringtone, and Vibrate. The Ringtone option includes new notification sounds to give you more customization choices.
    • If you create an event and enters a phone number as the event name, location, or description, you can tap the phone number on the event details screen to dial it.
    • A new Sync Now application menu item gives you a second way to manually synchronize your calendar accounts (in addition to the Sync Now button in Preferences & Accounts).
    • This release improves Calendar synchronization performance in poor network coverage areas to optimize battery life. It also increases the default interval for synchronizing with online calendar accounts other than Exchange accounts.
    • This release contains improvements to the visual calendar display, including a clearer indicator of AM and PM and improved current time display.


    • You can record video whenever and wherever inspiration strikes with the new camcorder feature in Camera. After recording a video, you can edit the clip in Videos, upload the video directly to YouTube or Facebook, or send the video by email or multimedia message.


    • If you import a Mac Address Book contact, all contact fields display correctly in the Contacts application.
    • This release improves Contacts synchronization performance in poor network coverage areas to optimize battery life. It also increases the default interval for synchronizing with online contacts accounts other than Exchange accounts.

    Device Info

    • You now have two partial erase options: Erase Apps & Data, which erases all installed applications and associated data, and Erase USB Drive, which erases files stored on the USB drive.
    • This release includes a new Secure Full Erase option. A secure full erase takes considerably longer than a regular full erase.


    • You can customize calendar notification sounds in Preferences & Accounts. The options include Mute, System Sound, Ringtone, and Vibrate. The Ringtone option includes new notification sounds to give you more customization choices.
    • If the message body contains a phone number and you tap and hold the number, a menu appears displaying options to Call, Text, or Add To Contacts (if the number is not already saved in a contact).
    • This release includes multiple performance improvements in Email, including improved handling of message replies and forwarded messages and quicker response times to gestures.

    Location Services (GPS-enabled features)

    • If you turn off the Use GPS and Use Google Services options under the Locate Me Using application menu item, the Locate Me Using menu item remains available.


    • You can attach a video to an outgoing multimedia message.


    • You can tap the contact photo or icon in a call history entry to display options for that entry, including dialing an alternate number, sending a text message, opening a contact, or adding the number as a contact. The expanded display also includes call details such as call length and phone number type.

    Screen & Lock

    • New blink notifications (a blinking light in the gesture area) alert you when email, text message, or other notifications arrive. You clear the blink notification by turning the screen on and off or unlocking the screen. The blink notification preference is on by default; you can turn it off in Screen & Lock > Blink Notifications.

    Sounds & Ringtones

    • This release adds new user-selectable notification sounds under Ringtone.

    System (overall enhancements to webOS)

    • This release offers better overall performance, including faster loading time for apps and increased battery life across a wider range of user scenarios.
    • If you are playing a game and a phone or calendar notification arrives, the game pauses while the notification is coming up.
    • You can quickly unlock the screen by dragging up from the gesture area across the onscreen lock icon.
    • This release improves the speed of downloading applications and files.


    • You can upload a recorded video to YouTube or Facebook on the web.
    • You can edit recorded video. You can also delete recorded video, video copied from a computer, or video received as an attachment to an email message.
    • If you tap the option to share an uploaded video, you have the option to send the link via email, text message, or Facebook.


    • A new Sleep Settings application menu item allows you to change a setting so that if Wi-Fi is on and the phone screen turns off, the Wi-Fi feature turns off. By default, if Wi-Fi is on and the screen turns off, the Wi-Fi feature stays on.

    The full change log for the webOS 1.4.0 update can be found on the Palm webOS update website.

    Installing the Update

    Sprint customers can install the Palm webOS 1.4.0 update right now by using the Updates application on their phone. Customers can also wait for their Pre or Pixi to download the update in the background automatically and then install the update when the download is complete.

  • pixi,  pre,  web os

    Palm Updates Guidance

    Earlier today, Plam issued a new guidance for Q3FY10, stating that the revenues for the smartphone maker will be below previous estimates.

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb 25, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) today indicated that it expects that revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 will be in the range of $285 million to $310 million on a GAAP basis and in the range of $300 million to $320 million on a non-GAAP basis.1 Revenues for the quarter and full year are being impacted by slower than expected consumer adoption of the company’s products that has resulted in lower than expected order volumes from carriers and the deferral of orders to future periods. Accordingly, Palm expects fiscal year 2010 revenues to be well below its previously forecasted range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion. The company will provide more detail on its financial results during Palm’s third-quarter financial results conference call currently scheduled for Thursday, March 18.

    “Palm webOS is recognized as a groundbreaking platform that enables one of the best smartphone experiences available today, and our work to evolve the platform and bring industry-leading technology to market continues. However, driving broad consumer adoption of Palm products is taking longer than we anticipated,” said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our carrier partners remain committed, and we are working closely with them to increase awareness and drive sales of our differentiated Palm products.”

    The Company expects to close its third fiscal quarter with a cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments balance in excess of $500 million.


    This can’t be good news for Palm, who has been struggling over the last two years to transform their business both from a technology standpoint and a revenue standpoint. Over the last three years, Palm completely changed their management team, infused the company with a number of tech company A-list talent, and completely revamped their smartphone and mobile operating system software.

    However, many people where critical of what was pent up demand for the original Palm Pre smartphone which when on sale with exclusive launch partner, Sprint, back on June 6, 2009. Many customers on Verizon, which only recently began selling the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, and AT&T simply had no way of getting new Palm hardware except to jump carriers which has become an extremely costly proposition for customers in today’s depressed economy.

    I personally believe that Palm took too long to bring the Pre to Verizon as the Pre Plus and that their six month exclusive agreement with Sprint went on too long. It didn’t help that the second Palm webOS smartphone, the Pixi, also started out life on Sprint as an exclusive. Customers on AT&T and T-Mobile still don’t have access to a branded Palm smartphone.

    Lastly, Palm is fighting an uphill battle against white hot brands like the Apple iPhone 3G S, the Motorola Droid, and the BlackBerry Storm2. Palm is going to have to get more phones out to more carriers and into the hands of customers sooner rather than later. That means Palm should pick up the pack and get the distribution deal with AT&T in place and grow the regions around the world that have access to Palm’s products.

    It looks like FY2011 is going to continue to be difficult for Palm. Palm’s stock closed the day at $6.53 with a number of investment firms changing their buy ratings to sell.

  • adobe,  pixi,  pre,  web os

    Rumor: Flash Support Coming to webOS in February

    PreCentral.net is reporting that having native Adobe Flash support on Palm webOS devices like the Pre could become a reality later this month.

    “Palm and SFR held their French launch event last night and reports on the ground bring good news: Palm employees specifically said that Flash would be available in February. Previously we had been a little unsure of that, what we knew for sure was that webOS 1.4 would lay the underpinning for it, but the actual release (which is coming in the App Catalog) was less clear.”

    Sounds cool if it’s true and would be a cool trick since the iPhone can’t handle embedded Flash content in web pages.

    You can read the full article over on PreCentral.net.