Just how much revenue developers can expect from in-app payments – users shelling out a few extra bucks for new features in apps they’ve already downloaded – is an open issue at the moment. Its value may depend on how a developer choose to implement it, some offering extras that are truly “extra” and not needed for casual use, with others more along the lines of in-app unlocks taking the place of separate paid versions. After Apple paved the way, RIM announced its intention to join in on the action, with Android just catching up this spring. Now HP will be [...]
We’re a sucker for seeing phones run operating systems they were never intended to, whether that’s an HTC HD7 that appears to be running Android, or an HD2 running… well, pretty much anything. The latest device to get the frankenphone treatment is an unlikely candidate, but sure enough, it looks like the Palm Pre has been configured for dual-boot with Android.
After copying over the necessary Android files to your Pre (consisting of a no-frills stock build of Android), and running the install script, your Palm Pre will be ready to start playing around with [...]
We didn’t hear much about the HP Veer since the manufacturer has announced it back at the beginning of February and we somehow missed it cute little form factor. According to the latest buzz, HP is planning a launch event for May 2 and the Veer is the first one invited.
There’s a page inviting people to a May 2 Los Angeles HP Veer Launch party and it’s safe to assume that we can now replace the “coming soon” label with a “coming very soon” one. The May 2 event appears to be a business-to-business one but the May 12 event hosted by [...]
While we initially hoped we might see webOS 2.x appear on the first generation of Pre-like devices, the majority of users will see their Palms live out their lives on webOS 1.4.5. Now a user on the PreCentral forums has posted pictures of what appears to be a Palm Pixi Plus running the latest webOS 2.1, creating the possibility for the software to be dumped and distributed.
The images are apparently from a phone bought in the US and shipped to Vietnam, where the buyer made his discovery. The phone may be some sort of development model, as it has some odd quirks, like having four [...]
Earlier today we got a chance to check out a mysterious new HP Palm smartphone, a keyboardless slate that’s supposedly the HP Stingray. Fresh from the same source who provided that intriguing pic comes something new for the Pre 3, a shot of the phone running on Verizon’s network.
Unlike the Stingray, we know for sure that the Pre 3 – previously identified as the Mantaray – is definitely on its way to market. HP has gone official with the Pre 3’s specs, including a 1.4GHz processor that should set a high-water mark for webOS smartphone performance. [...]
The codename Stingray first appeared back in November along with Roadrunner, Broadway, Windsor and Mantaray thanks to code from a Palm Pre 2 recovery ROM. Could the device above be the Stingray?
pre|central reports it’s a webOS device with a screen resolution of 480 x 800 (WVGA) and it lacks a keyboard — much like a keyboard-less Pre3 if you will. Mantaray turned out to be the codename for the Pre3 and Broadway for the Veer and from the remainder, Stingray is reported to be the best guess.
There’s currently no other information related to this smartphone [...]
G.P. Imports, a software development firm that boasts a wide catalog of apps for multiple platforms released their new web browser to the webOS app catalog today. Named “Complete Browser” it is touted as having the most features of any browser available on the platform.
Features that set the browser apart from existing solutions are full tab support with gesture recognition for switching between tabs (swipe left or right on the tab bar), an easy toggle for full screen browsing, and anonymous surfing. Initial reports are that it also performs faster than the built-in [...]
HP’s Veer is testament to just how much phone you can cram into how tiny a package. While that’s caused some concessions to be made (like an abandonment of traditional jacks in favor of an awkward series of magnetic adapters), the company has ultimately managed to squeeze a smartphone – and one with a QWERTY keyboard at that – into a package with the profile of a credit card. Up until now we’ve only hear “early spring” as for when to expect the webOS device, but now O2 Germany has given us what looks like plausible date for a European release, [...]
Following the release of webOS 2.1.0 for the Palm Pre 2 a few weeks ago, Palm has now expanded their update rollout to include unlocked Pre 2 devices. The update is being pushed out over-the-air and notifies the user via a message from Palm services.
The update adds two major features to the OS: Exhibition Mode and Voice Dial. Exhibition mode works with the Touchstone charging accessory, keeping the display on while “docked” to the wireless charging pad. The time, photos, and agenda apps are currently supported. Exhibition mode also allows you to search the app [...]
When Palm debuted its webOS platform, it enlisted the company MotionApps to develop an emulator named “Classic” that would allow the running of older palmOS applications. With the debut of webOS 2.0, Palm removed Classic’s ROM from webOS, which disabled the ability to run these classic palm applications. Thanks to enterprising developers over at the pre central forums, the Classic emulator is now fully operational on webOS 2.1.
When Palm pulled their support for older Palm OS applications, MotionApps decided to release the source code for it’s Classic [...]
A hardware hack brought to us by the WebOS Internals team brings the Palm Pre 2 and Pre Plus to Sprint complete with webOS 2.0.1. A comm board is required from a Palm Pre device, and at the completion of the hack you have a fully functioning Sprint Palm Pre 2.
The hack requires dismantling of the Palm Pre via removing 6 Torx T5 screws, a series of plastic clips, detaching some ribbon cables, and separating the device into several pieces. The comm board is removed from the donor device (the Palm Pre) and placed into the recipient device (Palm Pre 2 or Pre Plus), which must also [...]
Palm recently made it’s webOS kernel source code available for public consumption. Within a few hours the webOS internals team released a custom kernel capable of overclocking the Palm Pre/Pre Plus to 1GHz.
unixpsycho, one of the members of the webOS internals team states in a recent Twitter post that webOS 1.4.5 kernels will now be deprecated in favor of the new 2.1 kernel tree. They will remain available but not be actively maintained. Running the 2.1 kernel requires upgrading your Palm Pre or Pre Plus to webOS 2.1 as part of the process.
The custom kernel release [...]
Open-source software has a lot going for it: it encourages collaborative creativity, it lets development of a project continue even if its creator loses interest, and it can serve as a great resource for a new programmer who’s learning the ropes. What we don’t see enough of is companies embracing the contributions of open-source hobbyists and integrating their changes into commercial products. That, however, looks to be just what HP’s been up to, as some improvements prepared by WebOS Internals have made it into the operating system’s most recent [...]
This week, HP introduced two new smartphones: the mini-slider Veer and the successor to the Pre line, the Pre3. Today, the two devices are being shown off in videos emphasizing on the looks as well as the features they will bring to owners.
The miniature Veer sports 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 2.6-inch 320 x 400 sub-HVGA screen, five-megapixel camera and 910 mAh battery. The Pre3 on the other hand is packing a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8×55 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 3.6-inch WVGA screen, 8GB and 16GB configurations for storage as well as a 1,230 mAh battery. Check the devices [...]
HP’s just-announced Veer manages to squeeze a full smartphone experience into one of the tiniest packages you’ll find, making it look great for someone who wants a powerful phone that won’t take up all their pocket space. Obviously, when you’re shrinking hardware down to this level, certain sacrifices need be made; consider the downsized 910 mAh battery. HP may be going too far, though, as the Veer will have neither a USB nor headphone jack, requiring the use of external magnetic adapters.
The adapters use their magnets to stay in place while electrically [...]
Got some bad news from HP’s webOS update tool? Not looking forward to a long wait for webOS 2.0? Right on schedule, Verizon’s bringing the Pre 2 to its network, with HP now accepting pre-orders for the smartphone.
We had previously learned that the Pre 2 would be released on Verizon on February 17, which has now been confirmed as when pre-ordered phones will ship. The $100 on-contract price tag also checks out with earlier leaks.
The coolest part of Verizon’s offer is the inclusion of its Mobile Hotspot feature for no additional charge. Normally, [...]
The new direction HP is taking in regards to webOS 2.0 upgrades for existing webOS devices surely has lots of Palm users feeling confused and a bit betrayed. Yesterday, the potential for getting these updates suddenly changed from “all devices will get them sometime this year” to “don’t expect an easy OTA update, if we even come out with an update for your phone at all“. While HP said that it would work on some sort of plan to bring existing users along to a current webOS release, it still left a lot of ambiguities hanging. Now the company has put up a [...]
HP had plenty of news for its users today about upcoming hardware and expanded availability of recently-released devices, but what of the the original Pres, Pre Pluses, Pixies, and all? Users have been waiting patiently for a webOS upgrade to version 2.0 for these devices, with an early 2011 release seeming probable. That possibility is looking very unlikely now, as upgrades have clearly taken a back seat to the current roster of HP’s smartphones. The company revealed at today’s event that those phones will never get webOS 2.0 over-the-air, though tethered upgrades remain a [...]
Verizon sure has been taking its good, sweet time in bringing HP’s Palm Pre 2 to its customers in the US. Europe’s had the phone since November, and Canadian users have been able to pick one up since December. Sure, if you were in the US and itching for a Pre 2 you could buy an unlocked model for $450, but most people interested in the smartphone have probably been waiting for a subsidized deal to come along. After several false starts, like the phone showing up in Walmart’s inventory system, Verizon is finally set to start carrying the Pre 2 tomorrow, February 10, a [...]
Update: Palm now has their official Pre 3 page up! Looks like 512MB of RAM is a go. Battery is 1230mAh (compared to 1150mAh on the Pre 2).
If you weren’t too impressed by the Pre 2 as the successor to the Pre Plus and original Pre, you’ll be excited to know that the new Palm Pre 3 ups the ante by offering a much larger 3.6″ WVGA (finally, a resolution and screen size bump!) screen with a larger QWERTY keyboard than the Pre 2. It’s powered by a beefy 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8×55 CPU. No word on RAM(we’re thinking the same as the [...]
Turns out that HP’s trademarking of the name “Veer” wasn’t a coincidence, as today, the company revealed the new miniature QWERTY slider that’s as small in the face as a credit card.
Powered by the new 800MHz Snapodragon MSM7230 processor and webOS 2.1, the Veer features HSPA+ data, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Veer is coming “early spring,” although carriers and pricing have yet to be announced; AT&T is a likely candidate with that HSPA+ radio on board.
Screen size is just 2.6 inches, with a 320 x 400 [...]
Yesterday’s “Motorola – Empower People” Superbowl commercial left me with one of those sarcastic smiles you only get when you feel somebody is exaggerating reality. The commercial was all about the Motorola Xoom in comparison to an iPad world. Surely we don’t cover tablets at pocketnow.com, but I’d like to talk about the main idea behind the ad. It’s something current Apple competitors still haven’t gotten right, and it’s called releasing true breakthrough products. Have a look at the Ad before we [...]
Verizon hasn’t exactly been the quickest in getting the Palm Pre 2 to market, but now a release date may finally be in sight: according to screenshots published by Engadget and Pre|Central, a third-party retailer is said to start selling the handset on February 17th for $100 on contract. However with HP Palm throwing a hardware launch on the 9th that very well may reveal upcoming smartphones along with the known tablet(S), we’re not sure how many people will be interested in what might be deemed last-generation hardware by the time it hits shelves.
The 1GHz Pre 2 is [...]