The last half-a-year has been a very uncertain time for users of webOS devices. Optimism for the Pre 3 was quickly derailed by HP’s announcement of its intent to cease further production of webOS hardware. That started-off a very tense time for users who had invested in the platform, but as the year wrapped-up, we learned of HP’s plans to make the platform open source, giving us hope that there may still be life for it, yet. Throughout all of this, HP has tried to stand-by its existing user base and show what support it could through the release of system updates. We heard [...]
$1.2 billion was the amount HP spent on acquiring Palm, together with webOS, back in April 2010 and allegedly it’s the same amount the company asked for when it tried to sell before killing webOS and turning it open source.
According to Paul Mercer, former senior director of software at Palm, there was little hope for webOS from the very beginning. “Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using Web technology, and we just weren’t able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design”, he added, before saying that [...]
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 [...]
Users of unlocked HP/Palm Pre 2 smartphones already received their share of webOS 2.1 at the beginning of March but those that are currently Verizon subscribers sporting the Pre 2 smartphone are just getting the refresh being pushed out to their devices.
The 2.1 version of webOS to hit Verizon Pre 2 smartphones brings Exhibition (turning the Pre 2 into a clock, photo frame or agenda while docked), voice dial, support for Bluetooth keyboards, E-mail fixes, Backup changes, Security fixes and more. Check with the Updates app to see if the refresh is ready for your particular [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
After being available in the UK for £399 and later on in Germany for 499, the Palm Pre 2 finally made its way to the U.S. market and is now available.
The unlocked GSM version of the Palm Pre 2 goes for $449.99 from HP and will most likely ship within 24 hours. If you’re in for the new HP webOS 2.0 device with a 3.1-inch HVGA screen and a 1 GHz processor aided by 16GB of memory, head over to HP and order yours.
Source: HPVia: Slashgear
We know that the Palm Pre 2 will be landing in the UK on Monday, November 15, available for £399 unlocked exclusively from Palm but we also know that O2 (and other carriers) are not stocking up on the handset – at least for the time being.
If you live in Germany you might be able to get your hands on the Palm Pre 2 which looks to be available via Palm’s website. The device has the model number 1075EU-UMTS and is listed for 499 (around 685$) with the ability to purchase right away and a shipping time of around one or two business days. As far as U.S. availability is [...]