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Thursday
Nov122009

New apps in the catalog arrive today along with more updates

We are going to keep seeing a trickle of updates leading up to the Pixi launch as developers prepare their app for the Pixi. Also a few new apps here and there. Yesterday morning there were 356 apps in the catalog then, last night there were 354 and now this morning there are 373. Not sure what went missing but it definitely makes it harder to count exactly how many new apps there are. Either way there are new apps so dive in!

Check out the list of new apps and updates after the break...

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Thursday
Nov122009

Palm Pre is headed to Mexico's Telcel November 27th

We've heard rumors before that Mexico was getting the Pre but now it is official. A post at the official Palm Blog says the Palm Pre is headed to Mexico on November 27th. The Palm Pre will be exclusive to TelCel in Mexico. Palm doesn't say specifically what version of WebOS the Pre will have but if WebOS version unity is to happen this month that there is hope that WebOS 1.3.1 should be available the day of or shortly after the launch. Palm doesn't mention the Pixi at all but we assume all but the Pixi should be out on multiple carriers around the world either by the end of the year or in the first half of 2010. For those of you who are living on the other side of the boarder hoping to get your hands on a non CDMA Palm Pre. Your wish is Palm's command. Head over to the official Telcel site and listen to their catchy song with Pre video. also Palm's site has a spanish Palm Pre layout similar to the Pixi and Palm Pre home page.

Check out pricing after the break...

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Thursday
Nov122009

WebOS 1.3.1 details, expected to arrive after the Pixi launch

The wait is not quite over for Pre users. According to Precentral the Pixi will arrive with 1.2.9 and update immediately and Palm is still working with Sprint to get 1.3.1 out as soon as possible which means sometime after the Pixi launch. This is terrible news but with the partial changelog unveiled by Precentral it is worth the wait.

Read some of the changes you will find in 1.3.1 after the break...

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Thursday
Nov122009

webOS How To: webOS Application Wake Up For Background Tasks Even Without An Open Window

When you think of a Web application, you think of going to an HTML page that then loads scripts and resources to display functionality. Applications in general do not always fit that model. If you launch an “application” like Growl on the Mac, a window doesn’t launch. It merrily kicks off a service in the background.

The same is possible in the world of webOS and browser extension systems. One of the user experiences that I enjoy on webOS is the notification system. Non-modal, and any application can tie into it. There are various levels of notifications:

  • Banners: Thin bottom line one liner that appears quickly
  • Icons: Notifications are grouped together in time
  • Dashboards: Larger areas. A DOM window so you can put controls in there. For example, the media dashboard lets you play, pause, etc.
  • Popups: Even richer larger actionable areas

More on these notifications in another post. If you have an application that wants to tie into the notification system you can do so even if a window isn’t open.

I wanted to find out how to do this, and luckily Mitch Allen has a simple example of this in his RSS News application that he builds in his book on Palm webOS.

I hope to offer a simpler API specialized for this, but it is quite trivial to do thanks to the Power service. The timeout service is located via palm://com.palm.power/timeout and there are various properties that you can pass in to do the real work when you are woken up. What application should be opened? What task should be run when opened? That is all tied in via the application manager service (e.g. see the palm://com.palm.applicationManager/open service below).

[via Almaer Blog]

 

Wednesday
Nov112009

Adobe Bringing Flash 10.1 To webOS In First Half Of 2010

 

Adobe has announced that Flash Player 10.1 will be coming to a webOS device to you in the first half of 2010. Hope this will mean sooner (like January) than later.

On October 5th of this year at Adobe Max, Adobe Labs announced the release of the Flash 10.1 player and would be available in a Beta program to users. In a statement released on Adobe Labs website, it states "Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 is the first runtime release of the Open Screen Project that enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and video across devices. With support for a broad range of mobile devices, including smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks and other Internet-connected devices, Flash Player 10.1 allows your content to reach your customers wherever they are. A beta is expected to be available for Windows Mobile, Palm webOS and desktop systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later this year."

The Open Screen Project was institued by an industry-wide initiative, led by Adobe and backed by other industry leaders who all share one clear vision: Enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere.

See the video below to see how the webOS will look with Flash 10.1.

Wednesday
Nov112009

The Palm Pixi TV Ad, nicely done

The folks at Engadget already got their hands on the new Palm Pixi TV Ad that will be rolling very soon. I like it.

Wednesday
Nov112009

webOS 1.3 available in Europe By End Of November

 

According to PalmInfoCenter, they have confirmation from O2 UK that webOS 1.3 is due to be released in Europe by the end of this month. That means GSM Pre owners can finally say good bye and dump its less features, sluggish webOS 1.1.3 and join the rest of the Pre Users in North America with a speedier webOS.

Wednesday
Nov112009

Palm lets us know they are doing okay, huge plans set for 2010 including more carriers

Palm had a meeting this morning discussing their plans and Jon Rubinstein briefly discusses some of their road map for 2010. Though it feels like recently Palm's momentum has taken a turn for worst as the Droid, Hero, and Eris come out here in the States making it Android's time to shine,  it seems Palm isn't too concerned at this point and neither are analysts. They also talk a little bit about where Palm is at financially and after their last big sale in Palm stock things are looking bright and Palm plans on investing it all into applications, code, WebOS, and marketing in 2010.

Check out what Palm has to say about their plans for 2010 after the break...

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