Like animals heading for high ground before a flood, when we start to see whole flocks of smartphones disappear, it’s a good bet that something big is coming. Apple’s well known for depleting its stocks of certain hardware in advance of a new release, but this time it’s Verizon with the vanishing gadgets. Check out Verizon’s website today, and you won’t see any Palm models listed along with currently-available smartphones.
The obvious guess is that Verizon’s move has something to do with the webOS event HP has been promising for February 9. If [...]
Hewlett Packard has sent another trio of tablet-related applications through the USPTO, “HP Duopad,” “HP Touchslate,” and “HP Touchcanvas,” following “HP Touchpad” from last week. When you include PalmPad, that makes five possible brandings for what are rumored to be only two or three upcoming units, so we suspect that some of these may either be red herrings or simply different potential names that the company is in the process of choosing among. Still, with tablets as in vogue as they are right now — over 100 were reportedly [...]
PreCentral has released a handful of documentation about the upcoming Topaz WebOS-powered tablet device from HP. What’s interesting is talk of a new version of the inductive-charging system we’ve seen with Palm’s WebOS smartphones, dubbed Touchstone v2. The new functionality is described as such:
…functionality looks to include both Bluetooth for wireless streaming of content and speakers for music.
The tap to share functionality comes via “communication coils” that enable “tap to share” use cases. Here’s what HP has [...]
Palm’s Pixi may not come off as a very powerful smartphone, owing both to its diminutive form factor and less-than-stellar 600MHz processor. If you’re a proud Palm owner looking to change some minds and show off just what your Pixi can do, a new kernel hack is available which allows you to boost your smartphone’s performance by up to 33 percent, for a maximum speed of 806MHz.
By popping in the latest UberKernel release and controlling its settings via the Govnah app, you can fine-tune the performance boost your phone will see. Pushing the Pixi this far is a [...]
HP’s February 9 webOS event is still a few weeks away, but there are already some new ripples in the webOS pool, as version 2.1.0 of the operating system is starting to head out to users.
Much like the content of the upcoming press event, we don’t know what’s inside webOS 2.1.0, either. Sporadic reports of users receiving update notifications have been popping up, with growing frequency. The update has been confirmed for the Pre 2 on Rogers in Canada, at least.
There may be some issues with the servers sending out the update, as some Pre 2 owners have [...]
Hewlett Packard has just filed for trademark protection on the term “HP Touchpad,” and unless it’s poised for a marketing push based around its laptop input devices, we suspect that this will be yet another tablet from the venerable Silicon Valley manufacturer. The description for the filing is fairly broad, however, the meat of it clearly refers to “computer hardware, namely memory cards; computer hardware for telecommunications; computer monitors; mobile digital electronic devices; mobile computers; handheld computers; portable computers; tablet computers; [...]
Hewlett Packard — the Palm Trademark Holding Company, actually — has just filed for trademark protection on the word “Palmpad” across all of Europe, suggesting that the company’s upcoming line of tablets will see an international rollout. Further evidence of a widespread release comes from the trademark offices of Australia and South Korea, where HP/Palm has also filed for Palmpad protection, following an appearance at the USPTO last July. Interestingly, Palm already has Palmpad trademarks on file in the UK, Canada, and Japan from back in the early [...]
Verizon still has yet to make the Pre 2 official, though at this point we’re expecting news of it any day. Alas, there might be a twist in this story. Some readers from PreCentral have done some URL hacking to come up with a page that shows what seems to be the Palm Pre Plus (no longer available on Verizon) with references to “Palm LTE Voice”. The page also features the little “LTE 4G” Verizon logo. Could this be a sign of an upcoming WebOS handset to land on Verizon with 4G capability? That’d sure be a great way to rejuvinize the WebOS platform. [...]
HP has been sending out notifications to news organizations that it intends to make a webOS-related announcement on February 9.
What could be in store for Palm devices? Well, we’ve heard that there’s a webOS tablet in the works, but it sounds like we can look forward to some smartphone news, as well. After all, HP advises that we “think small” in regards to the pending announcement.
On the lower end of exciting news, HP may just announce the schedule for webOS 2.0 updates coming to existing Palm smartphones. Towards the other extreme, the company [...]
Well, well, look what we have here: the Palm Pre 2 for Verizon on Walmart.com. As if we had any remaining doubts that the latest WebOS smartphone would show up on Verizon, this latest appearance tells us that we’re super close to the Verizon release–as in, any day now. The WebOS 2.0 device packs a significantly faster CPU and more RAM than the Palm Pre Plus of last year, plus features a modest redesign in terms of hardware.
Palm’s kicked off the second generation of webOS devices with the Pre 2, but you wouldn’t know it if you live in the US. Despite international launches, the only way to snag the Pre 2 in the States right now is directly from HP, unlocked, for full price. It’s possible the tide is beginning to turn, as the phone now shows up in Best Buy’s systems.
The data we can gleam from the leaked Best Buy inventory page doesn’t offer much of an insight into exaclty when the Pre 2 will see some wider distribution. Though just being in the that database is a good [...]
WiFi tethering isn’t necessarily new on WebOS, if you want to pay for it with the optional program included on devices like the Palm Pre Plus, which requires an added monthly fee to work. At long last, WebOS users can install a homebrew application to grant free WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB tethering for getting internet on the go. The developer, WebOS Internals, intends to have the app ready for release within a week.
Source: WebOS Internals TwitterVia: PreCentral
You may not have to wait until Palm finishes production on its smartphone promotional video to catch a glimpse at the Pixi 2, as Sprint may have mistakenly shown us the Pixi 2 where it meant to use the first Pixi.
While Sprint’s page offering a free on-contract Pixi describes the original smartphone as we know it, the image Sprint uses clearly shows a phone with a front-facing video camera. The 360-degree and zoomable depictions of the phone show the correct model, but the main picture is definitely something that’s not quite a Pixi.
Is this the codename [...]
Last month we learned of code names for some as-of-yet unreleased Palm devices, hidden away in a ROM image. Now at least two of these models are set to make an appearance in an upcoming Palm promotional video.
Among other models, the ROM contained strings identifying “Broadway,” “Windsor,” “Mantaray,” and “Stingray” as upcoming Palm devices. Fast-forward to this week, and Palm is casting roles for a planned video, either to be used internally or shown on the web. The casting call didn’t reveal anything interesting, but actors [...]
After the similar Windows Phone 7 update which recently brought Places to the Microsoft platform, the new Facebook application brings the same functionality to webOS devices.
The update will bounce the application’s version number to 1.5.0 and the main feature that has been added is the ability to use Facebook’s Places. Now webOS device users will be able to check into their favorite Places together with their friends on Facebook. The application is free and requires webOS version 1.3.1.
Source: Twitter, Palm
Palm Pre 2 owners may have the latest webOS 2.0 to play with, but what about other Palm owners? The company has been claiming that older devices like the Pre, Pixi, and their Plus versions, would eventually get an OS upgrade, but the software has yet to materialize. Fret not, as Palm is still working on it, as shown in some leaked pics of webOS 2.0 on the original Palm Pre.
It’s good that Palm is still developing the beta, rather than rushing out a release, as according to the tipster who released this information, webOS 2.0 on the Pre is “not fast enough”. [...]
If you’re on the Rogers network in Canada and have had your eye on the latest WebOS device from HP, you’ll be happy to know that you can now grab the Palm Pre 2 for just $99 CAD (that’s $97 USD) with a new two (update: three) year contract. Rogers uses the same 3G bands as does AT&T, so if you can sucker a Canadian friend into getting the subsidized price on the handset, then giving it to you (perhaps at a small profit for your friend), you’ll be saving a lot over the $450 unlocked AT&T 3G-capable Palm Pre 2 that has been available for several [...]
Hewlett Packard has applied for a trio of trademarks which are pretty clearly looking to protect smartphone brands, and since that company only makes one brand of phone now, we could be seeing the first signs of the Palm Gyst, Palm Myte, and Palm Veer. (The names sound a bit silly to us too, but we all got used to Pre and Pixi just fine.) In some of the most detailed filings we’ve seen — as far as these applications go, anyway — the three proposed marks seek to cover:
“Computers; computer hardware; computer software; computer peripherals; computer and [...]
Palm has promised that the legacy Palm hardware, like the Pre, Pixi, and the respective “Plus” editions, will get the WebOS 2.0 update. There’s been a bit of uncertainty as to exactly when that would happen, but in light of a recent O2 Germany tweet, it looks like the update might be happening in Q1 of 2011, or at least for German users. Further, as rumored by WebOS-focused site WebOS en Castellano, the pending update might by to version 2.1, providing optimizations to WebOS to run on older software.
Via: PreCentral, PhoneArena, WebOS en CastellanoSource: O2 [...]
We’ve mentioned Angry Birds for webOS and that certain glitch with the Pre that got in the way of updating the popular game — that has been fixed by the way — and it looks like the winter edition is now available for webOS users.
The blockbuster game is now available in the App Catalog for the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi and it will cost you $1.99. Rovio opted for releasing — advent calendar-like — daily levels until Christmas and this autumn’s Halloween Edition is also available for all those who are running webOS and want to help out the birds [...]
Palm has reportedly reverted to its playful ways of old, including an Easter Egg in its platform for the first time since the original PalmOS. Like the cartoon taxi which appeared after performing a particular gesture on a specific screen in that legacy operating system, webOS 2.0 delivers its own Egg in the form of a shower of round cows — yes, like the farm animal — when an email is received with the subject “supercowpowers.” Linux users may recognize this as a reference to the ASCII-drawn cow which would appear in some builds when the command “apt-get [...]
The rumored virtual keyboard in webOS 2.0 is indeed real and can be enabled with current Palm devices, but a buggy implementation limits its use and makes it clear why Palm has kept the wraps on it.
Back in September, a developer noted that a configuration setting in the new webOS 2.0 allowed for a virtual keyboard to be turned on. Palm bugged out over the leak a bit, restricting developer access to development kits, and in the process more or less confirming that the keyboard was there; why get so upset, otherwise?
Now that the Palm Pre 2 is available, the folks at [...]
An alleged Pre issue was keeping the popular iOS and Android game – Angry Birds – from being updated and pushed to the App Catalog last week. According to a Rovio tweet, Palm has solved the issue and the game developer announced the arrival of the update to the Pixi and Pre soon.
Furthermore, Angry Birds Seasons is “almost there” for your webOS device according to Rovio as the festive version recently hit iOS and Android. There’s the picture to prove it in case you were skeptical or maybe even afraid you might be left out. In these circumstances, we [...]