HP: webOS 2.0 coming to Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi, Pixi Plus in ‘coming months’

By on November 19, 2010 at 6:26 PM.

HP: webOS 2.0 coming to Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi, Pixi Plus in ‘coming months’

Speaking at HP’s webOS Developer Day in New York City, developer advocate Josh Marinacci noted that webOS 2.0 would be coming to all webOS devices “in the coming months.” While the timeline lacks the specificity we prefer, it is nice to know that the full array of Palm devices will get the new OS goodies soonish. Hit the jump to see the full presentation from Mr. Marinacci.

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webOS notifications designer returns to Apple

By on June 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM.

webOS notifications designer returns to Apple

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Palm’s brain drain shows no signs of letting up, as it was revealed today that Rich Dellinger, the man responsible for many of the icons in webOS and the creation of the “non-intrusive banner notification system used in webOS”, has left the company after 3 years and 11 months. Now a senior UI designer at Apple, it appears that Dellinger left Palm immediately after it was announced that HP was purchasing Palm for $1.2 billion. Many are speculating that Dellinger was hired in an effort to help turn Apple’s obnoxiously obtrusive push notification system into something more in line with what is offered by webOS and Android.

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Palm Pixi Plus on sale from AT&T

By on June 7, 2010 at 2:26 AM.

Palm Pixi Plus on sale from AT&T

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It’s no secret that carriers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have no little faith they’ll be able to snap up a slew of new subs with webOS handsets, but that isn’t stopping them from releasing them. Over the weekend the Palm Pixi Plus went on sale with AT&T. At $50 on contract, the Pixi Plus is a third of the price of its sibling the Pre Plus, but that’s a small amount to pay for the joy sticking out in a sea of Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones. More →

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AT&T's Palm Pixi Plus gets unboxed, fondled

By on June 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM.

AT&T's Palm Pixi Plus gets unboxed, fondled

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We have a hard time imaging that AT&T’s Pixi Plus will be met with as much fanfare as its Sprint, or even Verizon, counterparts (yes, we are being cheeky). However, in the event you’ve spent countless, sleepless nights thinking about shoving your dirty little AT&T SIM card into an innocent Pixi, prepare yourself for a special video treat after the jump. More →

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Palm apologizes for App Catalog woes

By on May 16, 2010 at 8:12 AM.

Palm apologizes for App Catalog woes

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In a statement on its blog Saturday, Palm has apologized to webOS users for a recent bug in its App Catalog which made it virtually impossible for users to download both free and paid applications. After selecting to purchase an app, end users received a pop-up notification stating “Install Failed” upon the completion of the download. The following is Palm product manager Joe Hayashi’s statement:

If you’ve experienced any issues downloading or updating apps from the Palm App Catalog recently, rest assured that Palm is actively working to remedy the situation. If you’ve purchased an app, the transaction has been properly recorded and as soon as this issue is resolved, you’ll be able to access all apps you’ve purchased (or, in the case of free apps, requested to download).

If patience is not one of your strong points, the folks at PreCentral are reporting that going into device settings, turning off network time and reverting the devices calendar to any date before Saturday, May 10th will temporarily remedy the issue. Of course we can’t imagine this work-around will be too attractive since it will mess with people’s calendars, but as the saying goes “desperate times, desperate measures.” Luckily, the work around isn’t necessary as Palm has just fixed the issue. More →

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Verizon Wireless rolls out webOS 1.4.1.1 to the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus

By on April 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM.

Verizon Wireless rolls out webOS 1.4.1.1 to the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus

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Starting today, Verizon Wireless is rolling out the webOS 1.4.1.1 update to Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus owners. The update is a mere 11 mb in size and contains minor bug fixes including one that addresses that annoying “sticky key” problem in which a single key press produces double letters. Pinch to zoom is also expanded into Docs and PDF, WiFi to CDMA hand-off is more consistent, and battery life while using Bluetooth has also been improved. The update is available over the air and should arrive to Pre Plus and Pixi Plus handset within the next 48 hours. Hit the jump for the full changelog.

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Rumor: Palm considering ditching Rubinstein

By on April 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM.

Rumor: Palm considering ditching Rubinstein

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Take this with the usual grain of salt, but according to TechCrunch’s sources, Palm is about to undergo a huge shake-up and CEO John Rubinstein might just get the axe. Rubinstein became the CEO of Palm in October of 2007 after leaving his job with Apple as the senior VP of the iPod devision. The problem is that Rubinstein and his team have simply been unable to move its webOS devices ,with carriers practically giving them away and retailers turning their backs on them. With its debt mounting day by day and potential suitors dropping like flies, it seems to us Palm would be wise to lose some of its dead weight in an effort to make itself more attractive to buyers. You know, like maybe take on a CEO with a business degree?

Palm has not yet responded to calls for comments.
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Palm cuts ties with advertising agency

By on April 6, 2010 at 7:20 AM.

Palm cuts ties with advertising agency

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You know those God awful Palm Pre ads you haven’t been able to escape from for the past year? Well it looks like they’re going to go away for good because it has been revealed that Palm has cut all ties with Modernista, the advertising agency that created the terrible spots. No word yet who or what Palm with be going with for its next ad push, but we can’t imagine it could get any worse.

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Verizon Wireless puts the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on a fire sale

By on April 1, 2010 at 11:07 AM.

Verizon Wireless puts the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on a fire sale

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Verizon Wireless just hit us up with information on a new promotion that it is launching today for the Palm Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus. The Pre Plus will drop to the ultra-low price of $49.99 while the Pixi Plus will bottom out at  $29.99. As we all know, two is better than one, and both handsets will be eligible for Verizon’s well-known BOGO sale. As always, both handsets will require a two year agreement to get this pricing. Still not intrigued? How about this, Verizon has dropped the price of the webOS mobile hotspot service to $0 (from $40) for both new and current customers. Wow! We’ve been told that the “free hotspot” offering will not be advertised on the web right away, however: “customers who purchase the device will be told of the free “hotspot.”

UPDATE: Looks like current Pre and Pixi customers can add this feature for $0 as well! More →

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Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus on AT&T officially coming within "months"

By on March 22, 2010 at 10:40 AM.

Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus on AT&T officially coming within "months"

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If you’re a Palm-loving individual that just simply can’t get rid of your puke lime-colored Centro on AT&T, you’ll probably be pleased to learn that Palm has officially confirmed that the Pre Plus as well as the Pixi Plus will be joining AT&T in the “coming months.” Yes, this is an official announcement of what we already knew, and there isn’t a confirmed launch date. Be that as it may, the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus spec-wise are pretty identical to the Verizon Wireless units (besides the obvious UMTS support instead of CDMA), with the Pre Plus rocking 16GB of built-in storage and the Pixi Plus at 8GB. Additionally, if you’re a fan of AT&T’s Address Book service, you’ll be good to go out of the gate as it’s now one of the supported syncing methods in Palm’s Synergy synchronization service. Anyone excited, or were you expecting new hardware by the time this launches around June? More →

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webOS 1.4 update now out for Verizon customers

By on February 28, 2010 at 2:01 PM.

webOS 1.4 update now out for Verizon customers

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Yesterday, many Palm Pre owners were treated to an OS update that spanned the globe, except, unfortunately Verizon Wireless subscribers were left out. Luckily for you Palm-fanatics on Verizon, Verizon Wireless Pre Plus and Pixi Plus users are now free to get their webOS 1.4 freak on. Don’t forget to let us know how you’re loving that brand new update. More →

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Palm Pre Plus plagued by problems with the GPS?

By on February 1, 2010 at 9:02 AM.

Palm Pre Plus plagued by problems with the GPS?

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A week after its official debut, the honeymoon for Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus owners might be over with an increasing number of users complaining about problems with imprecise GPS signal locking. When using Google Maps on the Pre Plus, many owners are noticing that the Pre Plus is locating them at a point that is several yards to several miles away from their actual location with the Pre Plus apparently using aGPS and not satellite GPS for location detection. For some owners, the problem can be temporarily alleviated by launching VZ Navigator and then closing it before agreeing to the monthly service fee which suggests that VZ Navigator is able to wake the GPS and obtain an accurate satellite GPS lock that is then passed on to Google Maps. This is not a Verizon Wireless only problem as Pre Plus customers on Canadian carrier Bell are also reporting a similar issue. The problem seems to be relegated to the Pre Plus only with Pixi Plus and original Sprint Pre owners reporting zero problems with their GPS. Thus far, neither Verizon Wireless, Bell nor Palm is officially acknowledging a problem with the performance of the GPS on the Pre Plus. Anyone Palm Pre Plus owners care to comment on the accuracy and precision of their GPS?

UPDATE: We didn’t mean that there was aGPS sandwiched on top of a GPS chip — and we didn’t mean because the phone had aGPS it didn’t have traditional GPS capabilities — there is obviously only one GPS-type device in the phone. What we were reporting on is that some users are only getting a network triangulation tower lock, and that the actual GPS satellite signal is not finding them.

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