myTether Back In Good Graces with Palm?

Interesting events have occurred with myTether over the past few days since our article, “Is MyTether a Black-Eye for Homebrew“.  PreCentral’s Jason Robitaille, also the author of webOS Quick Install, gave his blessing to myTether and also detailed some of the changes made by the developer.

Better still, with this version of MyTether, there’s no more wifi driver replacement. It now harnesses the Mobile Hotspot Linux daemon present in all webOS devices to get the Mobile Hotspot-like results in MyTether.  As Palm is unlikely to kill their own Mobile Hotspot app, this route will likely, in turn, make MyTether lasting and reliable.

Earlier this week the developer of myTether, via their Twitter account, wrote “Palm, Inc. claims to PayPal that I’m infringing upon their intellectual property.. what IP did I infringe?” This brought concerns that perhaps this app wasn’t long for this world, given that it does directly compete with Palm’s Mobile Hotspot app.

It appears the changes made in myTether 2.1, as outlined by Robitaille, have put the developer back in the good graces of Palm. As per his tweet this afternoon, “IP issue with Palm, Inc. has been resolved. I had some old, unused files of Palm inside the service, from mytether 2.0.1. Removed them now.”

Looks to us like everything has been resolved both within the homebrew community and with Palm. Group hug?

Palm Sales Trends Improving at Verizon, Gaining on BlackBerry

A Deutsche Bank analyst has reiterated their ‘Buy’ rating on Palm due to improving sales trends at Verizon Wireless, despite the lack of promotion. Ongoing training efforts seem to be paying off with increased sales of webOS devices. Interestingly, the survey found Palm closing in on BlackBerry for “the most preferred at 17%”.

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[via Street Insider]

Amazon Offering Verizon Palm Pixi Plus for $49.99

Amazon is now offering the Palm Pixi Plus on Verizon Wireless for just $49.99. This is a $50 savings over the current offer on Verizon Wireless. If you don’t mind two contracts, Verizon is still offering their BOGO (buy one, get one free) on webOS devices. However, for those looking to get in the Palm Pixi Plus at a good price, this is the lowest we’ve seen.

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As a reminder, the Palm Pixi Plus is essentially the same model that we reviewed, but comes with WiFi.

Review Roundup: Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus

The embargo on reviews for the upcoming Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus ended last night with a stream of reviews hitting the Interwebs. So what did sites that received the Palm Pre Plus have to say about the latest webOS device?

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Overally, it appears the Palm Pre Plus is modest update from the previous Palm Pre (see our review). The bump up for 256MB of RAM to 512MB of RAM is helpful when you open a significant amount of cards (running applications). Other highlights include the removal of the home button and improvements to the keyboard. Similar findings to what we noticed at Palm’s Lounge in Vegas. Here’s what folks are saying about the new Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus:

Dieter Bohn from Precentral concludes:

The Palm Pre Plus upgrades the Palm Pre in almost all the right places and has a bright future with new features coming via software updates. It’s a cliché to say this, but: the Palm Pre Plus is the best phone Palm has ever made. That’s exactly how it should be and it’s gratifying that we can expect this kind of quality from Palm now. Let’s just hope that it’s enough to keep them in the smartphone game for years to come.

Joshua Topolsky of Engadget writes:

If you’re a Verizon customer, you can get the excellent Droid, or wait for the forthcoming Nexus One, to say nothing of the BlackBerry offerings on the network (if that’s your cup of tea). If you’re carrier independent, then your choice is even harder — T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T offer a stack of seriously great phones that would make even the pickiest geek happy. So why choose the Pre Plus on Verizon? To answer that question, you have to figure out if you believe in the potential of webOS devices; Palm doesn’t have the fastest phone, or the phone with the highest resolution, certainly not the biggest app selection, and it doesn’t have a massive community behind it. What it does have, however, is a brilliant platform with huge potential to change the way you work and live with your phone (provided they tap that potential soon… as in now). If you’re as hopeful as we are that that potential will be fulfilled, your decision should be a simple one.

Jason Chen from Gizmodo says:

Sprint customers: If you’re worried that you bought a first gen Palm Pre only to watch helplessly as Palm released a better Pre on Verizon, stop. The Palm Pre Plus is essentially the same phone as the Palm Pre.

Sure, there are minor hardware differences—most notably the doubling of the RAM and the storage space—but it essentially feels like the same phone.

Sasha Segan from PC Magazine writes:

With two Droids, two Palms, and all the Blackberrys they can eat, Verizon subscribers can’t whine about their smartphone choices any more. The Palm Pre doesn’t “kill” the Motorola Droid. It presents a cuddlier alternate reality, where color and feel win out over widgets and apps. If you’re into messaging and Web browsing on Verizon, and it seems like the Droid is a little too geeky for you, it’s time to retire that old BlackBerry Pearl and move on up to a Palm Pre Plus.

Are you planning on picking up a Verizon Palm Pre Plus or a Palm Pixi? Let us know in the comments.

Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Hands On

The bulk of my afternoon was spent getting some hands-on time with both the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus for Verizon Wireless. Both look very similar to their Sprint counterparts. The Palm Pre Plus no longer has the trackball looking home button, replaced with a larger gesture area. This makes the device look cleaner, since it’s virtually flat across the entire front surface. We tested a few of the sliders and they felt improved. The keyboard is the most improved part of the Palm Pre Plus. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s a cross between the existing Palm Pre keyboard and the super-tactile Palm Pixi keyboard. Gone are the orange hues, replaced with gray.  The Palm Pre Plus has the same processor, memory and internals as the existing Palm Pre, save for the added memory. The Palm Pre Plus offers 16GB of storage compared to the 8GB Palm Pre.

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The Palm Pixi Plus gets the added benefit of WiFi. Outside of the new neon backplates, no big changes for the sibling of the Pre Plus.

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Software releases will dictate which model you select. The Palm Pre Plus (and Palm Pre) support all the new 3D games. All webOS devices will support Flash and offer video recording, editing and sharing with webOS 1.4. Even more impressive is the Verizon-only Hotspot app. While we wait for pricing, it’s great value add to turn your Palm webOS device into a personal MiFi that allows connectivity for up to 5 devices. Our live blog was made possible with the MiFi – an overall great product. New webOS device owners will have the ability to turn their phone into their personal MiFi.

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Overall,  the Palm Pre Plus offers some subtle, but nice improvements combined with the added storage. The Palm Pixi Plus adds the much needed WiFi component. A nice package when you consider it will be available on Verizon’s network.

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Palm Introduces Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, Coming To Verizon Wireless

Palm today introduced two updated devices to the family of webOS phones. The Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus will be available on Verizon Wireless starting on January 25th. Pricing for both phones is not available as of yet. Both Verizon Palm phones will offer a unique Mobile Hotspot application that will allow 5 devices to connect to the Internet using your webOS phone. The HotSpot application will be exclusively for Verizon versions of the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi and will be available in the App Catalog. No word on whether this will require an additional plan, though we are betting it will.

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Other notable changes include the bump up from 8GB to 16GB on the Palm Pre Plus and the addition of WiFi to the Palm Pixi Plus.

Rumor: Verizon Wireless Ordered 400,000 Palm Devices

According to BGR’s Verizon Wireless contacts, Big Red has ordered 400,000 Palm devices. The source goes on to say that it’s a 50/50 split. Half Palm Pre Plus and the other in the form of the Palm Pixi Plus. Both are apparently starting to appear in Verizon’s inventory systems. Given that the Palm Pixi Plus will likely ship with WiFi, is anyone wondering how Verizon plans to differentiate these products other than by price. Sure the Palm Pre has plenty of horsepower, but is that enough to sway potential customers away from the diminutive Palm Pixi Plus. So many questions left unanswered, but thankfully we’ll get most of them sorted out Thursday at CES.

[via BGR]