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Dec282009

WebOS 1.3.5 Update is out NOW!

 

We were expecting to see this sometime between the earnings call and CES next month, but it is available now. The change log is a pretty decent size for how small the actual download is,(13MB) but there are a few much needed fixes there. Some of the bigger features include a removed App Limit, battery improvements, speed improvements on the Pixi, and some new features in the App Catalog. There really aren't too many new features. The update seems to just fix bugs and issues with WebOS but it is exciting none the less. On to the feature list!

webOS 1.3.5

Version information

  • Version: webOS 1.3.5
  • Release date: 28 December 2009

New applications

NONE

Feature changes to existing applications

App Catalog

  • App Catalog significantly improves the application download experience.
  • A user can now download multiple applications simultaneously.
  • Downloads continue in the background if the user moves away from the download screen.
  • A user can manually pause, resume, and cancel downloads.
  • A user can also download all available updates for the user’s downloaded applications with a single tap.
  • App Catalog automatically resumes downloads in cases where a download was paused because it was interrupted—for example, if a user moves out of network coverage and then moves back into coverage.
  • Users can now take advantage of the full storage capacity of the phone for downloading applications. This gives the user more control over how to allocate the phone’s storage space across applications, music, photos, and other media. Downloaded applications are now stored on the phone’s USB drive.
  • App Catalog lists search results based on an improved search algorithm.
  • Locations from which users can purchase paid apps from App Catalog now include U.S. territories.

Calendar

  • In Day view, switching between days happens more quickly.

Date & Time

  • When the user has network time zone enabled, a city and country are no longer displayed.

Device Info

  • A user can perform a full erase by pressing and holding Sym + the orange/Option key + powerfor 10 seconds.

Email

  • A user can now edit forwarded text for all email account types.
  • When the user sets up more than one Yahoo! email account, the account names displayed in Account List view include the associated email address so that the user can distinguish them.
  • If an account mailbox is too full to send messages, after the user frees up space in the mailbox on the server, the user can send the messages successfully.
  • The default email signature no longer includes the macron over the “e” in “Pre,” so that the product name shows correctly on a recipient’s phone.

Messaging

  • If a user deletes a conversation with a contact, new conversations with that contact are now correctly displayed in Conversations view.

Screen & Lock

  • When the screen is locked, the time displays in a new font.

Sprint Navigation

  • A user can launch Sprint Navigation from an address in an open contact entry in Contacts.

System

  • Users can now take advantage of the full storage capacity of the phone for downloading applications. This gives the user more control over how to allocate the phone’s storage space across applications, music, photos, and other media. Downloaded applications are now stored on the phone’s USB drive.
  • This update improves battery life in areas of poor wireless network coverage.
  • If the user is working in an application that supports landscape mode (such as Web or Videos), notifications now appear at the bottom of the landscape screen.
  • After a user signs in to an existing Palm profile, applications the user installed from App Catalog are restored in the background. The user can use other features of the phone while the apps are being restored.
  • Swiping to delete a list item that contains a link no longer causes the link to open in the web browser.

Updates

  • After taking the 1.3.5 update, users can download future updates over a 2G (1xRTT 1x title bar icon, GPRS 1x title bar icon, EDGE 1x title bar icon) data connection by opening Updates and tapping Download Now.

Web

  • The web browser now supports the display of animated GIFs.
  • Audio files with a .3g2 extension play correctly as audio files, not video files.

Security

This release includes a security fix to the dev portal. Credit to Kris Siegal for reporting the issue.

Individuals interested in contacting Palm to report suspected security issues can find more information at palm.com/security .

 

You can view the official Palm Pre changelog here

You can view the official Palm Pixi changelog here

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Reader Comments (13)

Where did the tilde key go in the symbols menu? Its been replaced by a dollar sign, which is already on the keyboard, and of course, tilde is in my passwords so now I can't log into many of the sites I use... ~Angst~

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMars

I just installed the update and I am now 3 inches taller than before.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZaskoda

Cool! Lots of App Store functionality updates!

Oh, but it still doesn't work that well as a, you know, phone. Oh, and you still can't assign a different tone for text messages.

But at least the font for the clock is different!

Seriously, there's a long way to go before this is a serious competitor to some of the great phones out there. That's why they have to give away plane tickets to get people to buy it.

Keep going Palm. I'm hoping that by 1.7 it'll be a phone that I won't want to throw in the trash on a daily basis.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRick

"Oh, and you still can't assign a different tone for text messages"

Yes you can - since 1.3.1 update...

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCodeMonkey

@Rick & @CodeMonkey - I'm in agreement. I've been a huge Palm advocate, but they're dropping the ball in a lot of aspects. Dealing with multiple phone calls is a complete train wreck. The lag is a serious issue. Why are there inconsistencies in UI such as deleting a text message versus deleting an email? One has an "are you sure" type option and the other doesn't... I frequently accidental delete emails and there's no undo. I've gotten "too many cards" error when no cards are open. I'm on my 4th Pre.

Innovative? YES! Solid? Not so much... Palm needs to get after it.

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZaskoda

@Zaskoda:

Actually, I've noticed an improvement with how long it takes the phone app to launch. The lag issue, at least, seems to be gone.

As far as the UI inconsistency, I think the difference is that e-mail has a Trash folder and texts don't have any folder functionality.

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hartman

Forgive me if I sound like a noob, but has anyone else noticed the clock when you activate the phone (sort of like the iPhone has) since the update - or was it there before?

-Dan

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Uff

i reset my phone and now it's still on the palm logo w/the black background. it's been an hour already!... is this normal? what should i do??

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterz

is anyone else having as many problems with this update as I am? I can't launch preware anymore or update any apps.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrewberry

You guys are weird. My phone works just fine. :)

J/K

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