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Video: Palm Pixi Walk Through webOS


Untitled from FoneFrenzy on Vimeo.

The following video is a full walk through feature of the Palm Pixi and webOS. The overall handset is probably one of the best built phones I have held in my hand. The video is basic walk through of the Palm Pixi and webOS features the handset provides.


WebOS SDK 1.3.1 change log released

With each big update comes a Mojo SDK update as well. A new API and some more documentation. Palm still has a lot of work to do when it comes to the SDK but every little thing helps. Here is the change log posted on their site.

Mojo SDK 1.3.1 Now Available, featuring Pixi emulator support and docs enhancements

Filed under: — Chuq Von Rospach @ 1:19 pm

Now that Palm Pixi is on the verge of shipping, we’ve released both webOS version 1.3.1 and the new version of the Mojo Software Development Kit.

The highlights of the Mojo SDK version 1.3.1 release are the following;

  • Enhanced Pixi support in emulator
  • API to keep screen from auto-dimming
  • Auto-generation of app Help / Support scene
  • Numerous framework doc enhancements

Elaborating a bit on the last item, we’ve heard the developer community’s feedback about webOS docs loud and clear. You’ll see the first efforts to expand, clarify, and improve quality of the docs with this release. Notably, we’ve provided new step-by-step installation instructions, with more thorough information about how to get your system ready before you download and install the SDK. Start on our Download page by selecting the version of the SDK you’d like to use.

For more complete information about Mojo SDK Version 1.3.1, see the Release Notes on webOSdev.



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.


WebOS opens even further and Palm will help developers distribute apps outside the App Catalog.

Palm is making big changes today in San Francisco at a meeting where their two newest developers who came from Mozilla, will be talking about WebOS and its new ideas on Palm's new Open Source platform.

The biggest announcement in our minds is that Palm is going to allow developers to write open source or closed source applications and allow developers to distribute their free open source applications any way they choose. Also Palm will no longer charge the $99.00 yearly fee to developers who want to develop their applications in open source. If a developer wants to charge for their app they still have to submit it to the app catalog for $50.00.Developers who develop a free open source app will be provided a URL link for their app to be distributed in any way they choose. Users who use WebOS can install these apps by simply clicking the URL the developer has provided right in the browser on their phones. Free Open source apps submitted this way will not go through an approval process. This doesn't mean they will be excluded from the App Catalog no, the developer can also have the app put in the App Catalog. Those nay sayers out there saying Palm has the same approval process as Apple couldn't be more wrong as of today. The mobile world is changing and Palm wants to help lead that change. Palm is opening up to developers and end users and as I always say, this really is an amazing time to be a WebOS owner whether it be the Pre or the upcoming Pixi.

Via [Techcrunch]


VIDEO: Palm Pre Does Video Recording @ 30fps at 320x 480


Seeing is believing! As reported this morning by the guys over at PreCentral, video recording can be done on the Palm Pre. Though this is not an official release, Zonyl, from the PreCentral forums, posted a link with the file. The video appears to be limited to 320 x 480 @ 30fps at this time, although the hardware can handle 720x480@30fps easily. Another caveat is the video is badly formatted in a very unreadable file and one player that can handle the vids is SMPlayer.


Palm Dumps WinMo in Favor of WebOS

In a press release today accompanying Palm's first quarter earnings report, CEO John Rubenstein stated the following:

"Due to importance of webOS to our overall strategy, we've made the decision to dedicate all future develoment resources to the evolution of webOS. Which means that going forward, our roadmap will include only Palm webOS-based devices."

This is not necessarily the end of the Treo phone but it sure means Palm is betting all it's cards on the webOS platform. With the announcement of the Pixi, you can see a Treo-esque type design quality to the handset. We would expect all future Palm devices to carry the webOS platform exclusively and give Palm a serious edge in the coming 12 months of devices released with webOS.


Palm webOS webcast: Application Basics

Mitch Allen, CTO of Software at Palm, is doing yet another free webcast on webOS apps. Going down on September 9th, at 10AM PT/ 1PM ET. The webcast will be live at O'Reilly, running for an hour. This time around, Mitch will be covering the 2nd chapter of the webOS book, 'Application Basics'. With each webcast covering a individual chapter of the book. You can register for it free now.

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Palm and Apple No Poaching Employees; Not


Palm's former CEO Ed Colligan apparently rejected an offer from Apple's Steve Jobs to not poach employees from each others respective companies.

Before Colligan stepped down as CEO in June, Jobs and Colligan had discussions in August of 2007 to not seek out hiring each other's employees. At the time, Apple introduced the iPhone just two months earlier right about when Palm hired Jon Rubenstein to develop new smart phones for Palm.

“Your proposal that we agree that neither company will hire the other’s employees, regardless of the individual’s desires, is not only wrong, it is likely illegal,” Colligan said.

Employees are entitled may seek employment where ever they chose, including at rival companies, as stated by Donald Russell, an antitrust lawyer.

“It’s a form of competition that is usually protected by antitrust laws that prohibit agreements that restrict competition,” said Russel.

[via Bloomberg]