Today’s news from HP marks what looks like the end of an era, with the company deciding to throw in the towel on webOS-based smartphones. The platform has only been around for about a couple years, starting with rumors of something called “Nova” that Palm was working on. We got a proper name for the project with Palm announcing webOS and the Palm Pre at CES 2009.
By summer, Palm had launched the original Pre QWERTY slider. The Pixi gave users an option with a non-slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Early 2010 brought news of upgrades to the Palm and Pixi, both [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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”. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Palm users have been so far forced to put up with Verizon’s quirky GPS restrictions, leading to excessive waits before the phone is able to fix its position. A new patch from some Pre enthusiasts may be the work-around those users have been waiting for, restoring GPS performance to a usable level.
The root of the problem is how Verizon treats GPS versus aGPS. Whereas the GPS signal comes from satellites, aGPS broadcast stations are terrestrial. By using information from both sources, devices can speed up their signal acquisition times. Verizon, though, charges extra to [...]