Now that cellphone image sensors have evolved beyond the dark days of sub-megapixel blockiness, photo quality has become an important determinant when choosing among handsets. To that end, we’ve collected sample shots from some upcoming models, hopefully giving you a basic idea of what to expect when you release the shutter. Of course, as we’ve noted before, test shots from pre-release devices often don’t represent the output from shipping products: camera firmware, which plays just as important a role as sensor quality, is often tweaked right up until the last [...]
While HP’s webOS-powered Veer has just arrived in the States, it’s beefier big brother, the Pre 3, is taking its good old time. We’ve seen what looks like both an AT&T and a Verizon-equipped Pre 3 get their FCC certifications, but haven’t heard just when the smartphone might go up for sale. HP’s site for the Pre 3 says that there’s “planned availability this summer”, but just when and where? The first signs of upcoming Pre 3 sales have surfaced, with the German version of Amazon now accepting pre-orders for the smartphone.
We know that webOS users wanted to be able to do some editing for the documents up on Google Docs right from the web without any other applications involved and it looks like your prayers have been answered!
If you are running an HP Palm smartphone with really any version of webOS — webOS 1.4.5 confirmed — you are now able to do the editing online, on the web, for both documents and spreadsheets. You might see some missing features (cloud printing) or some features not working as they should but the glitches will hopefully be ironed out soon. You still need to get [...]
HP’s Veer 4G may be pushing the limits of how small a smartphone can get while still maintaining some degree of usability, but there’s no arguing with how impressive it seems to fit a full-fledged smartphone into such a tiny package. While the Veer’s form factor is going to get it a lot of attention, it will need more than looks or a gimmick to attract sales, especially with webOS hardly carrying the brand recognition of something like Windows Phone 7 or Android. A great price could end up serving as the clincher to make the smartphone’s upcoming launch a [...]
A new Hewlett-Packard phone has just received its FCC clearance, with the agency publishing the documentation showing the phone’s compliance with testing. After examining the evidence made available through these publications, there’s a good chance that we’re looking at the Pre 3 as configured for a launch on Verizon Wireless.
According to the FCC documents, this HP phone carries model number F30CV, one we haven’t seen show up previously. Considering that the F30CN with AT&T frequency bands has already arrived at the FCC, presumably the Pre 3 on [...]
We first heard of the HP Veer 4G when Mini Coopers advertised it and since then we’ve got our hands on some white Veer 4G renders. AT&T announced officially today that the Veer 4G will be available on May 15.
The smallest full-featured HP webOS smartphone to date features HP webOS 2.1, an 800Mhz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 processor, 2.6-inch display with 320×400 resolution, slide-down QWERTY keyboard, five-megapixel camera, 8GB internal storage (~6.1GB available), Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, Tri-band UMTS: 850/1900/2100; HSDPA Cat 10/HSUPA Cat 6, Quad-band GSM/EDGE [...]
It looks like the HP Veer 4G, a.k.a. Palm Veer, will be coming to AT&T — as suspected — in the currently-popular shade of white. So far, we’ve only seen Veer in all black — in fact, this would be the first white webOS device, period, to our knowledge. Actually, like most “white” handsets these days, this one looks to be more of a two-tone; thanks to a recent interview featuring Apple’s Phil Schiller and Steve Jobs, we now know that there are several challenges in building a phone with a white face, including sensors not functioning [...]
An HP handset that is likely to be the Palm Pre 3 has just passed through the FCC, sporting AT&T 3G capabilities and, more interestingly, reportedly running webOS 2.3 — a version of the operating system that we’ve never heard of. It’s important to note here that there’s no direct evidence of this being the Pre 3, but with the Veer 4G having already gotten FCC approval for the same bands — and no other known HP/Palm handsets on the horizon — the QWERTY slider described in the application would seem to have only one likely identity. Speaking of [...]
Palm introduced the HP Veer back at the beginning of February with its cute little face, webOS 2.1, HSPA+ data, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Just recently, Mini Coopers have been spotted promoting the HP Veer 4G with the motto “Small is the New Big”.
HSPA+ speeds were known since the announcement and it looks like AT&T is ready to start promoting the smartphone — using its naming convention — as the Veer 4G. The trend is general with other devices having 4G names (think Inspire 4G, Atrix 4G, EVO 4G, Thrill 4G, etc.) so the tiny Veer [...]
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 [...]