Items tagged with webOS

You've got to hand it to 'em here, Palm sure is doing a bang-up job in reviving itself. Around this time last year, many pundits wondered if the company famous for creating the Palm Pilot and Treo smartphone would live to reach the next decade. The Palm Pre turned things around for the California-based company, but it's still struggling to contend with Apple's almighty App Store.You see, no matter how swank the Pre's webOS is, it still lags badly in the app quantity department. Apple has well over 50,000 apps to choose from. The Pre has less than 50. All that could begin to change in the near future, however, as this week Palm opened up its e-commerce beta program for the Palm App Catalog.If... Read more...
Despite gripes about AT&T coverage, issues with the App Store, and lawsuits about missing MMS, people love the iPhone 3GS, or at least the 200 users surveyed by Capital and Changewave Research do. According to the survey, 99% of the users felt "satisfied" with iPhone 3GS, with 82% being "very satisfied." Meanwhile, the Palm Pre, the latest challenger to the iPhone scored 87% satisfied, and 45% very satisfied. On the positive side for the Palm Pre, RBC's Mike Abramsky wrote in a report to clients Friday, "that's the highest score ever recorded in our prior Palm satisfaction surveys and above all other manufacturers except RIM (48%) and Apple (82%)." Specifically, what do people like and dislike... Read more...
Palm may have released its Mojo SDK Beta for webOS developers earlier this month, but we've yet to see any real action spawn from it. In contrast, it only took developers a matter of days with Apple's iPhone SDK to start pumping out quality software, and now the App Store has well over 65,000 programs to choose from.Still, we can't help but be excited by the news that two more applications are now available in Palm's App Catalog. They aren't ground breaking by any measure, but they're definitely worthwhile and definitely act as signs that progress is happening. The first new application, which is available to Palm Pre owners today for free, is OpenTable. For those familiar with the online version,... Read more...
Developers and Palm Pre owners received some good news yesterday when Palm announced the public release of its Mojo Software Development Kit for the webOS platform. Palm also announced a new developer portal, Palm webOSdev. This portal has FAQs, forums, and all of the associated documentation for the SDK. Palm plans to open the app submission process to all developers this fall. New applications are already in the pipeline thanks to Palm’s early access program. The initial response to Palm webOS apps from both developers and customers has been enthusiastic. In the initial beta stage, over 1.8 million apps were downloaded from the beta App Catalog. Palm says thousands of developers participated... Read more...
Nokia has seemingly been the device manufacturer feeling most of the global pain from the iPhone, but a note issued on Wednesday by Piper Jaffray’s T. Michael Walkley notes that in June both Palm's Pre and the iPhone grabbed market share from BlackBerry as well. While this is a report from Piper Jaffray, it's interesting that in mid-June, CNNMoney, which published the info about the investor note, stated that RIM was still on solid footing with its BlackBerry devices. In that report, Ryan Reith, senior research analyst at IDC said that: "The buzz about other signature devices can make people overlook RIM's success." Is that what's happening here? Perhaps not, as Walkley notes that carriers, eager... Read more...
When Palm first unveiled its new Pre at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, one question that was on everyone's mind received a very murky answer. We were assured that a GSM version of the smartphone was in the works, but no one knew when or where it would appear. In fact, it wasn't even clear then when exactly the CDMA Pre would launch on Sprint.Now, however, Palm has issued the details that everyone outside of North America has been clamoring for. Before the end of this year, Palm's first webOS-based device will arrive in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on each nation's respective Telefónica network, which means O2 for the first three countries mentioned and Movistar for... Read more...
Adobe is preparing to launch Flash Player 10 for most mobile platforms later this year. Although widely used around the Web, Flash is often considered too resource intensive for smartphones. This new mobile version is set to change that. Supported platforms will include Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and WebOS. Flash Player 10 for mobile devices will enable smartphones to deliver a richer Internet browsing experience. The platform will also support development of web-based applications, theoretically freeing developers from individual application stores. During a recent earnings call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said many partners have already received an early copy of Flash Player 10. Developers... Read more...
Palm showed off the latest features of its webOS platform at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference. The three new features the company showcased included Palm media sync, the integration of Twitter in universal search, and a beta version of its App Catalog. Palm media sync can seamlessly synchronize music with iTunes, providing a simple and easy way to transfer DRM-free music, photos, and videos to your Palm Pre. To use this feature, all you have to do is connect your Pre to your Mac or PC, select media sync on the phone, and choose which DRM-free media files to transfer. The Pre can also act as a mass storage drive, letting you side-load your media content. The Pre will... Read more...
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