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App Catalog hits 1,000th App


It's 2010 and the App catalog has finally reach its 1,000 App milestone! Go Palm and the developers!

Happy New Year!


Hardware-Accelerated DOOM on the Pre


Innovative 3D games on the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi may be just around the corner. With the release of webOS 1.3.5, Palm has apparently slipped in a software library called 'Simple Directmedia Layer' or SDL. What's SDL you ask? It's a cross-platform software library that gives developers a low-level hardware access, so they can add things like accelerated 3D graphics. With all this happening, devleoepr zsoc was able to port the game DOOM onto the Pre with functioning keyboard controls. To get the game on your Pre involves some work with the Terminal app, but the developer promises an easier solution soon.

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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!

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We'll be seeing webOS 1.3.5 later today?

On the last earnings call, Jon Rubinstein said that the better performing/enhanced firmware update would hit sometime this month. And today could very much be that day, says Sprint Support site. Sprint Support is claiming that WebOS – 1.3.5 will be released on the 28th of December. 

This Update brings:

  • This update includes enhancements to the following:
  • Improvement in battery life optimization when in marginal coverage areas.
  • QCELP capability fix to allow play and audio of video sent via MMS.
  • Launch Google Maps or Sprint Nav when tapping an address from contacts.
  • Minimized package of MR size through binary difference. Customers can now download over 2G connections if necessary.



1.3.5 confirmed by Palm, the update we have been waiting for?


Today at Palm's earnings call, Jon Rubinstein confirmed what we all have expected. 1.3.5 to hit sometime this month. With it we can expect the app limit to finally be removed, improved performance on the Pixi, enhanced WiFi and App performance, and improved battery life. Does this mean the GPU has been finally tapped into? Doubt it, but we can expect some optimizations and if they are really good enough to improve performance and battery life. Well then we will be some happy campers. Palm mentioned improved overall performance and responsiveness on the Pixi and not the Palm Pre. Hopefully us Pre users don't get left out because performance on our devices is less then optimal. Palm don't forget the people who waited in line on day one! That's all I am saying... Palm.


Verizon internal webOS training, right before CES


So Verizon has pretty much confirmed that the Palm Pre is coming to the Big Red in early 2010. And looks like training for webOS just begin for Verizon employees as shown in the leaked internal training slide. The training interestingly starts on 12/15/09 and ends on 1/4/10, right before CES. Where Verizon will most likely announce their plans with Palm for 2010: Palm Pre and Palm Pixi with Wifi

[via PhoneArena]


Palm hands out a $100.00 thank you card to developers


[Image via MXWEB]

Palm has to be one of the most customer service based companies today. Palm does a fantastic job communicating with both developers and WebOS users on Facebook and Twitter. Palm clearly wants to succeed with happy customers and is working very hard to do so. I can't remember the last time Apple or Microsoft kicked down some cash to use a product they charge for, but Palm has done just that. As you can see from the photo above, Palm has given a $100.00 Amazon gift card to all developers in the early access program. Palm's way of saying thanks to the developers who are helping build the brand new App Catalog. This is the beginning of the end for Palm as far as the 'Beta' tag goes.

This month marks the end of the 'Beta' App Catalog. We are expecting a WebOS update soon as well as an update to the App Catalog with some possible surprises to the interface and functionality. Hopefully we will see new apps continue to show up daily and we also hope to see some more apps by the more popular developers from other platforms. So developers you have 100$ Amazon gift card. If you are planning on getting a WebOS device with $100.00 on Amazon right now you can purchase 4 Palm Pixi's with a contract. Yup the Pixi is only $24.99 and the Pre is $79.99. Good stuff and on behalf of all the developers...


Thank you Palm!


Palm Pre vs Motorola Droid

Android and WebOS are both relatively new platforms. Android was launched in the second half of 2008 and WebOS was launched in the first half of 2009. Both platforms boast their open environment efforts over the locked down Apple strategy and both platforms have a lot to give. Both platforms offer a few things that even the great Apple can’t offer such as,  multitasking, Google Voice, and a physical keyboard. We are going to dive deep into both Motorola and Palm's flagship devices as both companies hope to swing the limelight back in their favor. The Motorola Droid on Verizon and the Palm Pre on Sprint. Lets take a look at both, a very very long look.

Check out the battle between the Motorola Droid and the Palm Pre after the break...

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