Verizon may be getting the rumored-but-highly-likely Palm Pre 2, if an image sent to Engadget is in fact from the company’s so-called VZLearn internal training portal. It is not clear from the image when Verizon plans on releasing the unannounced device.
Several days of rumors have made a second-generation Pre more and more likely: first we saw what appeared to be an official article about the handset on French carrier SFR’s website, and then alleged pictures of this model showed up on French site MobiFrance. According to the SFR post, the Pre 2 will feature a 1GHz [...]
A leaked photo of what looks to be the Palm Pre 2 has been caught floating around the Internet. While the Palm Pre 2 doesn’t promise a radical body design, it does bring with it the next-generation webOS 2.0 mobile operating system, and improved hardware features that will make it a compelling smartphone or upgrade for those who are interested in Palm’s multi-tasking wonder. The device will get a 1 GHz processor, bringing it up to par and on spec with many modern smartphones, along with improved memory to aid in fluid transitions, multitasking, and support for more apps and [...]
French carrier SFR is dropping hints that Palm, which was acquired by HP, will be launching the next generation Palm Pre 2, which will run on webOS 2.0.
The Pre 2 is said to have a flatter screen rather than the curved and bulbous screen on the current generation device, and will have a more refined design. Also, in terms of hardware, the Pre 2 will have an improved processor, said to clock in at 1 GHz, along with 512 MB memory, which I think may indicate RAM memory rather than storage memory.
SFR is touting the new webOS 2.0 as more intuitive and faster.
These days, 1GHz on a mobile device seems like standard fare, but tell that to anyone that’s using a WebOS device and they’ll be sure to look at you with big eyes: the Palm Pre Plus clocks in at 600MHz. Many find that by overclocking a Palm Pre Plus to 1GHz, there’s a pretty substantial increase in device speed, which means that the operating system scales well to a faster CPU. In the end, it’s just a matter of how bad you want battery life to become.
New details about HP’s next Palm device are starting to be known. We’ve already learned from [...]
Over at HP’s Wireless Central website, they’re giving away all Palm Pre and Pixi phones on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint for free (with a new service plan)… AND they’re giving you $50 extra to spend on apps for the devices. As you know, HP recently aquired Palm since they weren’t doing so well. We’re not sure what this major sale means for the Palm Web OS devices. It could mean that there’s some new hardware coming soon, or it could mean that sales of the Web OS phones have just not been so good and they need to get some people to take them [...]
New Palm handsets may be on the way, according to a German certification corporation which has listed a pair of unknown models in its database. TÜV Rheinland, which had previously revealed GSM versions of the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus (that eventually landed on AT&T), has certified phones with the model numbers P102UNA and P102EWW; the Pre Plus is known as the P101UNA and P101EWW in GSM and CDMA variations, respectively, with P121UNA and P121EWW being the corresponding serial numbers for the Pixi Plus. Pre|central, which first reported the sighting based on one of its forum posts, [...]
In a very admirable display of application porting, coder “Mossop” of site Fractal Brew has recompiled Mozilla’s Fennec — the mobile version of Firefox — into a build compatible with the Palm Pre. PreFox, as its known, cannot technically be said to support all webOS devices, as it has never been tested on Pixi models. Despite a number of bugs and stability issues, the browser is said to offer several advantages over Palm’s native client, including better support for web standards, multiple tab restore, improved cookie and password management, and [...]
Update: Verizon has confirmed via Twitter that the update is rolling out today, Monday, September 13th. (via: pre|central)
Verizon Pre Plus owners waiting patiently for their very own update to webOS 1.4.5 — the same upgrade already pushed to Sprint Pre and Pixi customers AND Verizon’s own Pixi Plus handsets — should be in luck within the coming weeks, according to several sources. Pre|central is citing both tipsters as well as a support document on Verizon’s own site to predict an imminent release of the refreshed OS, which brings support for 3D hardware [...]
Prices on the current crop of webOS devices seem to be falling at a torrid pace, with dual cuts by Verizon and possibly Sprint meaning that almost all four current models can be had for under $50. In fact, even without leaked evidence claiming to be from Sprint’s internal employee newsletter, “The Playbook, that drops the Pre to $49.99 and the Pixi to free, Verizon is now offering both of the improved versions of these handsets — the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus — for absolutely nothing on two-year contract.
AT&T, meanwhile, is already giving away the Pixi [...]
Palm has just released a beta software development kit for the next major version of its homegrown operation system, being dubbed webOS 2.0, which promises several attractive features for end-users and developers alike. For those keeping track, this will be the twelfth edition of webOS since its debut in June of last year, and the first major full-number version jump. Recently acquired by computing and information services giant Hewlett Packard, Palm has seen a reinvigorated interest in its platform that has been well-received by both critics and consumers.
According to both Pre [...]
Open-source software developers have yet again pushed the Palm Pre to speeds once thought impossible, introducing a kernel that overclocks the webOS handset to a blazing 1GHz. Now we’d previously seen modified kernels that brought speeds of 600MHz and even as high as 800MHz, but this is the first public release of a version that actually doubles the OMAP3430’s native 500MHz frequency.
Since the 1GHz kernel — known as UberKernel — has been in private beta testing for several weeks already, it seems stable enough for everyday use — although as usual, [...]
webOS recently got an update to firmware version 1.4.5, which brings to the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi a 3D gaming experience. According to PreCentral, even the Palm Pixi’s gaming experience is good, despite having a more limited processor than its more capable sibling, the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus. The Pixi is said to have a more limited frame rate in game play, but the over all experience is good.
With the portrait-oriented sliding form factor, Motorola and Research in Motion with its Bold 9800 model will be entering into a territory that has proven to be both attractive–in a nostalgic sense with the HTC Blue Angel of yore and uncertainty, as the Palm Pre and Microsoft Kin One have proven to be lackluster with rumored low sales volume. With MOTOBLUR on board and Android’s integration with Exchange, social networking sites, and Google services, the Droid Slider could give webOS a run for its money.
It looks like Google’s assault on Research in Motion, [...]
A hacker by the name of infinitemods has modded his Sprint HTC EVO 4G to wirelessly charge via the induction charging mechanism of the Palm Pre’s Touchstone charger. While the hack took infinitemods about thirty minutes to accomplish, the modder says it can be done in as little as ten minutes. The upside is that the EVO 4G won’t get overheated, an issue that’s fairly common in the Palm Pre when used with the Touchstone charging base. The downside, according to Android Central, is that “the magnets used to hold the Evo to the Touchstone mean the compass [...]
I’ve been waiting for WebOS to come to AT&T since the original Pre hit Sprint in June of last year. Now, the wait is over. After spending a full week using the Pre Plus as my daily driver on AT&T, I’ve come away with mixed feelings about the device. While the software is well tuned to provide a high level of productivity (thanks to great multitasking and a suite of gestures), the hardware and app offering leaves a lot to be desired. It’s just a shame that the upcoming AT&T Pixi Plus, which has a much better form factor than the Pre Plus (in my opinion), [...]
A forum member over at Android Central was able to take the EVO 4G out for a spin and took a video of the phone next to the small webOS Palm Pre, also on Sprint. Next to the Palm Pre, the EVO 4G’s 4.3-inch capacitive multitouch display looks enormous.
Also, the above shot taken with the EVO 4G’s 8-megapixel camera, which also is capable of 720p HD video, looks pretty good.
(via: Android Central)
The hardware of the AT&T Palm Pre Plus feels dated. The device is a bit thick, and overall, it feels numb because the facade of the device is virtually an unobstructed surface with no buttons or even a ledge to help make sliding out the keyboard a bit easier. Compared to the Verizon Palm Pre Plus, the AT&T variant is identical except for the addition of the SIM card slot in the back.
Another downside to the Palm Pre Plus, and this could be subjective, is that the keyboard is difficult to use. Palm made an upgrade to the keyboard after the original Palm Pre, but for me, [...]
If you’re planning on getting the AT&T Palm Pre Plus, also plan on getting a free Touchstone charger (for a limited time when bought through a corporate-owned store), which uses induction charging to fill the battery on your device without having to plus the microUSB charger directly into your phone. The Touchstone has a heavy and sticky base, making it easy to apply to any surface, even if it’s a smooth wall. I plan to do a few tests to determine if the Touchstone charges the Palm Pre Plus at a differnet rate than the standard wall plug. In case you missed it, check [...]
At long last, AT&T users can use a WebOS device! It was only a year ago that the original Palm Pre hit Sprint, but in “cell phone years”, that’s at least five. In this video we unbox the AT&T version of the Palm Pre Plus, which is identical to what you’ll get on Verizon, but in the GSM flavor with HSDPA internet. Personally, I’m very excited to be able to finally use a WebOS phone as my daily driver for a bit. My experience with the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon hasn’t been entirely positive…I’ve found it to be a bit slow (despite [...]
It’s now official for GSM watchers of the webOS Palm Pre as AT&T and Palm have finally announced pricing and availability for the upgraded GSM Pre Plus model that will come mid-month. On May 16th, users who want the sliding webOS model can pick one up for $150 from the carrier on contract. The high price actually includes a free inductive Touchstone charger for the device for a limited time.
AT&T hasn’t made mention of the mobile hotspot app that debuted with Verizon Wireless, but considering that AT&T hasn’t released iPhone tethering in almost [...]
While the Palm Pre Plus in GSM/HSPA incarnation still hasn’t launched yet, an ad created by AT&T for the webOS device may hint that it may be launching soon. The ad for AT&T seems to be a bit more Apple-ish, showcasing the device’s features, capabilities, and apps rather than the imagination behind Sprint’s ad with the pale lady nor Verizon Wireless’ mom-targeted campaign.
You can learn more about AT&T’s Pre Plus from the company’s webpage.
You may already know about this, or perhaps it’s news to you: if you like to pinch to zoom on the iPhone or on a WebOS device while browsing the web or looking at photos (instead of double-tapping to zoom in), you can actually pinch AND pan, meaning, you can pan with two fingers and not just one. This means that you don’t have to lift your two fingers after zooming to position the page.
In an act to bolster sales and keep loyal users to the brand, Palm will be sending out envoys to stop random people on the street who are sporting either a Palm Pre or Pixi and give them free accessories. If you’re in need of some Palm gear, be sure to get noticed while you’re using your webOS phone in public. You can read more about Palm’s random acts of wow campaign from the company’s blog. According to Palm, “These Palm envoys could show up in any country where Palm phones are sold. And there are no catches, no obligations, and no strings [...]