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Palm Pre iTunes Sync Makes a Comeback With WebOS Update 1.1

July 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Palm Pre iTunes Sync Makes a Comeback With WebOS Update 1.1

Yes, that last iTunes update disabled syncing with the Palm Pre. But look! Palm is fighting back, integrating a fix for Apple’s fix in its WebOS 1.1. The money quote: “Resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (8.2.1).”
o, are we seeing the start of a compatibility arms-race, with Apple disabling Pre + iTunes sync with the next update, and Palm restoring it with update 1.2? In any case, the 87MB update—which the Pre downloads over the air automatically upon user confirmation—isn’t just about breaking Apple’s exclusivity-oriented ways. A complete list of the changes follows. …read more

iPhone Developer: webOS SDK Too Limited

July 20, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

iPhone Developer: webOS SDK Too Limited

Looks like the first version of the webOS SDK may limit the Palm Pre’s appeal to app developers. According to Craig Hunter, “a pretty dedicated iPhone developer”, the hardware is there, but there’s currently no way to maximize it:
Sadly, my suspicions were confirmed — there is no way for developers to tap into OpenGL ES using the webOS SDK, despite the fact that the hardware supports it. So that’s a major blow. Then I took a look at the accelerometer capabilities. The accelerometer is desirable for games that use tilt control of course, but is also key to apps based …read more

No Surprise: Apple Disables Pre-iTunes Sync

July 16, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Portable Audio

No Surprise: Apple Disables Pre-iTunes Sync

When the Palm Pre debuted, many made noise over its ability to sync with iTunes. The talk mainly centered on how Palm figured this out, and what actions Apple would take.

So it comes as no surprise that the latest iTunes update basically “disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre.” Palm’s reaction to this isn’t clear yet, but here are some possibilities:
Palm Sues Apple. Given Apple’s dominance of the portable music industry, could Palm’s lawyers argue that Apple is being anti-competitive?
Someone hacks iTunes to restore Pre compatibility. Or simply comes out with a program that fools any …read more

GSM Palm Pre Details to be Available July 7

July 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

GSM Palm Pre Details to be Available July 7

Well, Palm promised the British press that a July 7 on the Palm Pre is forthcoming, but word on the street is that the event will be a launch—and that we’ll finally see a GSM version of the Palm Pre go official! Other rumors making the rounds: O2 will enjoy exclusivity, and a European market launch will increase units sold for Palm (Unless, of course, the company doesn’t fix its supply problems).
I can see why: the (hopefully) inevitable debut of the Palm Pre on GSM networks will vastly increase the potential market, allowing use of the smartphone in many more …read more

Palm Pre Easily Jailbroken?

June 14, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Palm Pre Easily Jailbroken?

The claim that it’s easy to open up the Palm Pre to third-party software should attract some interest—or raise complaints about its lack of security.
Ah, but given how iPhones continue to chug along smoothly despite the breadth of its undeground software ecosystem, such complaints would be dubious at best. In any case, here’s what led Steven Troughton-Smith to claim ownership of “the first jailbroken Pre in existence.”:
On Tuesday, I decided to be adventurous. I was able to buy a Palm Pre from a local Sprint Wireless store without activation or a contract (apparently I hear it’s very hard to do? …read more

Showdown of “New Generation” Smartphones

June 11, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Showdown of “New Generation” Smartphones

In attempt to get more people to their website BillShrink recently came out with this well-made digital flyer that compares the so-called “new generation” smartphones:
Here’s that table in real-text form:

iPhone 3GS (AT&T)
Palm Pre (Sprint)
Android G1 (T-Mobile)

Storage Capacity
16GB
8GB
1GB (Expandable SD Slot)

Talk Time (hours)
5
5
5

Standby Time (hours)
300
300
130

Camera Megapixels
3.0
With Video Recording & Editing
3.0
3.0
With Video Recording

WiFi?
Yes
Yes
Yes

GPS
Yes
Turn By Turn (& Digital Compass)
Yes
Turn by Turn
Yes
Turn By Turn (& Digital Compass)

Voice Commands?
Yes
No
Yes

App Store
iTunes App Store
Palm App Catalog
Android Market

Price (With Contract)
$199
$199
$149

Price (Without Contract)
$599
$550
$399

Service Plans
Unlimited:
$99.99 – Voice
$30.00 – Data
$20.00 – Messaging
Unlimited Voice, Data, & Messaging:
$99.99
Unlimited:
$99.99 – Voice & Messaging
$24.99 – Data

Total Costs (+Tax Over 24 Months)
$3,600
$2,400
$3,149

Palm Pre Dissected

June 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Palm Pre Dissected

We already know how much it costs to manufacture a Palm Pre. So why not take a peek inside?
phoneWreck did just that, taking a brand-new Palm Pre apart to analyze the components and how the electronics relate to each other. Want to know how the Baseband Processor links to the Dual-Band RF Transceiver? Want to read technobabble that puts Star Trek’s Data to shame? Look below! (click on the image to see the full-size version)
And here’s a picture that is more familiar to our eye-candy-friendly sort of comprehension:
The full mind-boggling details, suitable for consumption by electronics experts, is available via …read more

Those Palm Pre Shortage Rumors Were True

June 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Trends

Those Palm Pre Shortage Rumors Were True

Why Palm, why?!? Isn’t your future dependent on how widespread the Pre becomes? How could you let manufacturing problems complicate the Pre launch? Why did you prove all those shortage rumors true?
Everything Pre last May 19: “Shortly after the announcement of a June 6th release date for the Palm Pre, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse indicated the company did not plan to spend much on advertising and expects supply shortages to develop. “We won’t be able to keep up with demand for the device in the early period of time,” said Hesse.”
PC World last May 23: “Well, now it’s time for …read more

Palm Pre Review Roundup

June 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, PDAs

Palm Pre Review Roundup

Syndicating the syndicated: What follows is Boing Boing Gadget’s compilation of Palm Pre reviews from all over the web.
David Pogue, leaked by the Financial Chronicle, at The New York Times:
So do the Pre’s perks (beautiful hardware and software, compact size, keyboard, swappable battery, flash, multitasking, calendar consolidation) outweigh its weak spots (battery life, slow program opening, ringer volume, Sprint network)? Oh, yes indeedy. Especially when you consider that last weak spot might be going away. Verizon Wireless has announced that it will carry the Pre ”in the next six months or so.”
Steven Levy, at Wired:
It’s a huge win … The …read more

Walt Mossberg Proves iPhone’s Backwardness

June 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Walt Mossberg Proves iPhone’s Backwardness

Engadget recently speculated that WSJ tech emeritus Walt Mossberg was actually playing around with the long-rumored new iPhone, giving out subtle hints while honoring a supposed press embargo.
et what really caught my attention was Mr. Mossberg’s assertion that Palm—set to release the Pre in the US two days from now—may have to worry about Apple’s new smartphone:
Unfortunately for Palm, Apple has both a new iPhone operating system and new iPhone hardware coming, likely available within a month, that could obviate many of these advantages.
Apple already has announced it’s adding MMS, universal search, and copy and paste. And, although Apple hasn’t …read more

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