HP’s webOS is already tightly integrated with a number of services but now it appears that the OS will soon offer Skype integration, too. According to leaked screenshots, users will soon be able to choose to route their calls directly through Skype from the phonebook application, an option that will no doubt save international callers a big chunk of change. Similarly, users may also be able to place Skype video calls, allowing them to use the front-facing camera on the Pre 3 for video chats. It’s unclear when the integration will be introduced, but this has us more excited than ever for the Pre 3 to finally hit store shelves. More →
The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise following a series of leaks, but HP finally made the Palm Pre 2 and accompanying webOS 2.0 official this morning. Starting with the latter, the newest iteration of Palm’s highly acclaimed OS boasts features such as “True Multitasking” (zing!), “Just Type”, the rebranded “HP Synergy” and more. WebOS 2.0 also introduces us to “Exhibition”, a feature that allows apps to trigger events when a Palm phone is placed on a Touchstone dock or removed from the dock. As for the Palm Pre 2, there are really no surprises as far as specs are concerned. The rumored 1 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera and glass touchscreen are all present and accounted for. Further details are scarce, so the only surprise is the fact that the Pre 2 will launch this Friday, October 22, in France. U.S. availability is still unclear, unfortunately — HP says the handset will launch “in the coming months” from Verizon Wireless.
Of course most were hoping for a more significant hardware refresh when HP’s first post-Palm smartphone announcement came around, but we have to start somewhere. Hit the jump for the full press release with all the juicy details.
UPDATE: More specs for the Plam Pre 2 are now available. Highlights include a 3.1-inch HVGA multitouch glass display, 16GB of internal storage, GPS, Exchange support, an accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 3.5mm audio port. More →
Like you thought we wouldn’t get our hands on it first… We’ve just scored some awesome unboxing photos of the AT&T Palm Pre Plus, and well, it’s a Palm Pre Plus on AT&T. Our connect says it’s identical to the Verizon Wireless unit as far as they can tell, and they like the fact that AT&T’s Address Book backup service is built in to Synergy. But we’re guessing not too many people use that or consider it a big selling point. We’re still waiting on a release date, but in the meantime, you know where to find those photos.
UPDATE: Our source just said this phone has rebooted on them twice in the first hour of use. Awesomeness.
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 →
The Motorola Renew isn’t exactly an unheard of device, but T-Mobile has gone and scooped ‘em up. Don’t expect to be taking 8-megapixel flicks here, as this is as low-end as you basically get. How low end? Well, how does $9.99 on a two-year sound? Yeah, it’s that inexpensive. There are some perks to owning a Motorola Renew, however. First of all, you’re looking at around nine whole hours of battery life — awesome. Second, the entire case of the phone is made from recycled water bottles and thus is 100% fully recyclable. Additionally, the box it comes in is also made from recycled material and the phone ships with a postage-paid envelope to a recycling center when the phone’s time on the earth is done. Not to get all gushy over the green aspect of the device, but as a final aside, Motorola has completely offset the carbon dioxide required to make, distribute, and operate the phone through investments in reforestation and renewable energy sources. Pretty damn cool, if we do say so ourselves.
Alright, you’ve got your tye-dye shirts on, incense burning, and Iron Man by Black Sabbath on repeat, but you’re still wondering how the phone is. If anyone remembers the Motorola L6 (the low cost SLVR or L8) you’ll know what we’re talking about it. The thing to remember is the cost of the handset and what you need in a phone. Would many BGR readers put up with possibly the worst display we’ve ever seen on a mobile device? Most likely not. Would most BGR readers get excited by nine hours of talk time? Probably so. The actual OS the Renew runs is Synergy (love it or hate it), but as old Moto junkies, we were rockin’ around that thing in no time. The Motorola system sounds even made us shed a single tear. In closing, we’d say that while this is certainly not the type of phone Motorola needs right now, it’s certainly not a bad option for the loved one in your life that just pisses you off because they don’t care what kind of phone they use. It’s available today from T-Mobile.