Just days before the Pixi launch, WireFly leaked an unboxing and Hands-on video of the Pixi. Now another YouTube users by the name of stayfly2407 has posted a video with the Pixi running webOs 1.3.1, which was seeded to Devs not long ago. Although the video does not show any of the new features 1.3.1 may bring to the table, there's definitely a speed boost as shown in the unboxing video as well. The question is, will a new webOS update be available to us Pre users before the Palm Pixi Release?
The Pixi is about to launch this Sunday November 15, on Sprint. There hasn't been any word on when it will come out internationally or when the GSM Pixi will be available yet but, according to Mobile Syrup the Pixi and Pre will be arriving on Telus (Bell's brand new shared HSPA network) in January 2010. Along with the new and already wide spread Bell & Telus HSPA Network infrastructure roll out this is good for the network and Palm.
(We know those are sprint phones in the photo. Still awesome though!)
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The Pixi launch is on November 15th which is only one week away and Wirefly was able to get an unboxing video up pretty early. We should expect unboxings to be released all week long but a couple notable things about this particular unboxing video. We have the Facebook app included with superior integration with new features allowing you to view contacts feeds and updates in the contacts app, though this wasn't shown in the video, only discussed. The keys are as reported by many a lot more 'clicky' than the Pre's keyboard which I personally envy but I will deal with my jealousy another time. Also the gesture area now can be tapped one time to zoom in and out of card view. (I am kind hoping this gets added to the Pre's gesture area as well but that's just me). Also the speed of the OS in the video exceeds that of the more powerful Pre and it's current iteration of WebOS.
A short Pixi speed comparison to the Pre after the break...
Palm's App Catalog has been in beta since launch and everyone has been eagerly awaiting for it to lose the beta tag to find out what is on the other side. That is all supposed to end next month. Palm is set to take the beta tag off the App Catalog and at the same time allow developers to distribute their free open source apps via web URL that can be installed in the WebOS browser. There may be another surprise in store for us WebOS users who have been waiting for the larger developers such as EA, Docs2Go, and Epocrates.
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So everybody was excited about Palm potentially being able to leverage the Pre's really nice GPU by the time WebOS 1.3.1 arrives. It looks like this might not be the case. Ajaxion gives a debriefing on expectations for GPU acceleration to be seen in the near future and denies the word 'immidiate' was ever said. Palm hopes to get GPU usage on the web as soon as possible but it doesn't seem like it will be here anytime soon. A lot of excitement has been hyped about the upcoming use of the GPU and now it feels like we have slammed into a wall.
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We know Palm is working on speed and hopefully they can get this rumored speed increase out the door by the Pixi's launch but, we don't know if Palm is completely aware that some apps have memory leaks that slow down the device. When I first turn on my device it runs smooth. Even with all the complaints of lag when it is first turned on it runs really fast throughout every app but, as the day goes on it slows down a great deal. So we want to hear from you about which apps have memory leaks or are causing your phone to slow down.
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Well we know an update is due any day now, we know the Pixi is coming November 15th, and we know that Palm is working on the speed of WebOS. Could things get any better for WebOS users right now? Some new apps hit the catalog today as well has a huge list of apps that received updates today. Of course we know developers are preparing for the launch of the Pixi and their apps need to be ready but we also know that developers have been testing their apps with 1.3.1. Looks like some developers are ready for the update to hit. Super exciting times for WebOS users and we expect things will keep getting better throughout the holiday season. Keep it up Palm!
Check out the list of new apps and updates after the break. (It is still early in the day and we will of course update the list as Palm adds more apps and updates)