Items tagged with Palm webOS

Despite its new smartphone platform, webOS, Palm isn't out of the financial woods yet.  And if you read the OTR Global report today that said that Palm was halting its production lines for its webOS products, you might have sold off all your Palm stock. Thing is, it's all about a holiday, not bad news from Palm.Many global firms are experiencing this: anything going on in China will be halted next week for Chines New Year. Thus, this shutdown shouldn't be used as a reason to panic, but rather evidence that globalization has its bumps.Here's the official statement. It should be noted that Palm... Read more...
This is somewhat akin to those experiments where people try to run over iPhones or iPods with a car, just because they can do it. One would have to ask, are you that dissatisfied with your Palm Pre that you want to drop it in beer? According to the video, this was the third Pre this person owned, as the screen kept cracking. His boss said he would buy him an iPhone if he ditched the Pre, so there you go. The beer? Miller Lite. The sad thing is that neither the Palm Pre nor the iPhone can play Flash in their browsers, so neither can view this as yet. On the other hand, the Pre is going to get it... Read more...
Palm, realizing that the difference between 85,000 apps in the App Store, 10,000 apps in the Android Marketplace, and 100 apps in the App Catalog may be a lot of Palm Pre sales, has decided to spur application development and approval in a much more open manner than, say, the iPhone App Store does. As opposed to requiring submission to the App Catalog, along with a lengthy approval process, as with the App Store, Palm will allow developers to do self-certification, certifying that their app meets the Palm User Interface Guidelines and Palm Application Content Criteria. When submitted as such, developers... Read more...
Sure, it was leaked a couple of weeks ago, so we knew to some extent what was coming, but it wasn't until Monday that webOS 1.2 was officially released. The big news is (finally) support for paid apps in the App Catalog, but besides that, Palm notes a bunch of new features (and doesn't tell us about all the bugs they fixed): Filter emails in the current folder just by typing a search term. Download files in the browser.Amazon MP3 Store can now download songs from either WiFi or WAN. Tap a phone number in a calendar note to dial it Pause a podcast and, by default, you’ll pick up where you left off... Read more...
A post yesterday at TheStreet.com had to send both Palm employees and Palm stockholders into a tizzy. The site said that Verizon had decided to pass on any webOS devices, but Friday, other sites and analysts disputed that claim. Thr original rumor noted that Verizon was not happy with Pre sales so far (though realistically, Verizon should take the fact that it was Sprint that was selling the device, considered the #3 carrier in the U.S.) and also that Verizon wanted to focus on its VCast application and download store, rather than Palm's App Catalog. However, today analysts are chiming in, disagreeing... Read more...
On Wednesday, Palm announced what had been rumored for months, since before the Palm Pre even launched: a second webOS based device that was cheaper and with a non-slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Pixi (nee Eos or even Pixie) had been rumored to be announced this week, and here we are. The official pictures show little to nothing we hadn't already seen via the leaked information from way back in April. However, the buzz had been that Pixi was going to go to AT&T, although it was suspected it might hit Sprint as well. The Pixi will also drop wi-fi in an obvious cost-cutting move, running against... Read more...
The adjunct to the Palm Pre is to be officially announced this week, according to sources speaking to TechCrunch. The new phone, with a QWERTY keyboard, was leaked before the Pre even launched on Sprint, as an AT&T device named EOS, and codenamed "Pixie." If this is true, it's another case of Palm doing an important announcement / launch around the same time as an Apple event. When the Palm Pre launched it did so just days before Apple held WWDC and launched the iPhone 3GS. Curious timing, in effect. Apple's annual music-focused event is on Wednesday. Palm has never confirmed the existence... Read more...
In the latest Big Brother-ish story to hit, a developer has discovered that the Palm Pre and Palm webOS know way too much about him than he wants. Not only does it upload location-based information to Palm, it also uploads data about his application usage. webOS also reports back crash log information to Palm. Of course, many PCs and smartphones do this as well. It would surprise us if you have never seen a request to send crash data to Microsoft on Windows or Windows Mobile. Thing is, in those cases, you usually get some sort of prompt asking if you want to send the collected data, or not. Honestly,... Read more...
It was expected, and here it is. Apple has updated iTunes to 8.2.1 and by doing so, has blocked the ability of the Palm Pre to use iTunes. One of the release notes with regards to the app states: iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple Devices.None of this is surprising. One has to wonder what Apple did to block the Palm Pre, as it appeared that Palm was using the hardware ID of an iPod. In June, Apple warned that the Pre's spoofing wouldn't work for long: "Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of... Read more...
MotionApps, which we wrote about earlier, has released one of the few apps available for Palm's Pre and its webOS platform: an emulator that allows you to run Palm OS applications. On Friday, they launched Classic Well, a community-driven Web site that tracks Palm OS "Classic" app compatibility. Here's what the site says: Classic Well is a user driven forum where Palm OS user community can report on and discuss Palm OS apps run in Classic. Users can share how those apps behaved and provide recommendations and feedback valuable to both other users and Palm OS developers. Obviously, not everything... Read more...