Verizon To Get Palm Pre 2?

Remember that Palm Pre 2 we saw on SFR’s site last week. As it turns out, it appears that Verizon will be carrying the Palm Pre 2.  Engadget received a screenshot of an internal training that clearly shows a blurb about “what’s new with Palm WebOS and key features of the Palm Pre 2“. That’s gotta hurt Sprint customers who have been patiently waiting for a new Sprint webOS phone, but perhaps we’ll see more carriers offering up Palm’s latest and greatest. How about you? Due for your new every 2?

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via Engadget

webOS 1.4.5 Released for Verizon, AT&T Palm Pre Plus

Thankfully, we saw a unified release of webOS 1.4.5 for both Verizon and AT&T. The update will of course come OTA (over the air), so there’s a good chance it hit your phone last night. Here’s the changelog from Palm for the AT&T update.

Version information

  • Version: webOS 1.4.5
  • Release date: 13 September 2010

New applications

  • NONE

Feature changes to existing applications

System

  • This release includes minor fixes and enhancements to support the public release of the webOS PDK.
  • This release may require you to update certain apps to their latest version to properly support the launch of the webOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK). If you have a game that is not saving your game information correctly (high scores, stages, settings), check the App Catalog for updates. For more information on updating apps, see Using App Catalog .
  • Web

If a user enters text in a field on certain websites, the screen focus now remains on the text being entered.
This release fixes a rare problem so that podcasts now download correctly.
Security

This release addresses several security issues with the Palm webOS software.

Let’s hope that going forward carriers are a little quicker on the take. In any event, get to updating and let us know how webOS 1.4.5 works for you.

Are wireless carriers responsible for the fragmentation of webOS?

One of the benefits of purchasing a webOS device are the free and often regular updates pushed out by Palm. I’ve lost count of how many software updates have been released for the Sprint Palm Pre, all of which have improved my user experience with the phone. There’s been plenty of discussion about fragmentation on other platforms, most notably on Android phones. Are we starting to see fragmentation on webOS phones as result of the carriers? The current shipping version of webOS is 1.4.5 and it’s been available for both the Sprint Palm Pre and Palm Pixi since August 11th. That’s not the case with the other two US carriers.
Let’s take a look at Verizon. Yesterday we reported that webOS 1.4.5 was starting to ship for the Palm Pixi Plus. No word on the same update for Palm Pre Plus owners on Verizon, arguably the bulk of webOS owners on that carrier. No word on when that update is coming, this at a time when we are already seeing word of webOS 2.0 on the horizon.
AT&T hasn’t updated either the Palm Pixi Plus or Palm Pre Plus. As to when that might be happening, there has been no word from Palm or AT&T. Just yesterday, HP’s Rahul Sood summoned customers to ask carriers for the updates.
“Palm customers, you want game? The carriers have their updates. Get together and ask for 1.4.5″.
Palm has done a remarkable job with providing an operating system that can deliver updates OTA (over the air) with little effort on the part of consumers. Why are the carriers so slow to push updates and is this the start of fragmentation across the webOS platform.

One of the benefits of purchasing a webOS device are the free and often regular updates pushed out by Palm. I’ve lost count of how many software updates have been released for the Sprint Palm Pre, all of which have improved my user experience with the phone. There’s been plenty of discussion about fragmentation on other platforms, most notably on Android phones. Are we starting to see fragmentation on webOS phones as result of the carriers? The current version of webOS is 1.4.5 and it’s been available for both the Sprint Palm Pre and Palm Pixi since August 11th. That’s not the case with the other two US carriers.
Let’s take a look at Verizon. Yesterday we reported that webOS 1.4.5 was starting to ship for the Palm Pixi Plus. No word on the same update for Palm Pre Plus owners on Verizon, arguably the bulk of webOS owners on that carrier. No word on when that update is coming, this at a time when we are already seeing word of webOS 2.0 on the horizon.
AT&T hasn’t updated either the Palm Pixi Plus or Palm Pre Plus. As to when that might be happening, there has been no word from Palm or AT&T. Just yesterday, HP’s Rahul Sood on Twitter suggested customers nudge carriers for the updates. “Palm customers, you want game? The carriers have their updates. Get together and ask for 1.4.5″.
Palm has done a remarkable job with providing an operating system that can deliver updates OTA (over the air) with little effort on the part of consumers.

Why are the carriers so slow to push updates and is this the start of fragmentation across the webOS platform.

Verizon To Rollout webOS 1.4.5 for Palm Pixi Plus

Verizon has started to rollout webOS 1.4.5 for the Palm Pixi Plus. The full changelog is below. Of course, the most important is the ability to run 3D games, so now you folks on Verizon can get your Angry Birds game on. Now if we can get webOS 1.4.5 for the Verizon Palm Pre Plus, we’d be in good shape.

webOS 1.4.5 for Palm Pixi Plus

System

  • Palm Pixi and Palm Pixi Plus phones can now run 3D games and other apps developed with the webOS PDK. Check App Catalog for titles that are compatible with your phone.
  • This release includes minor fixes and enhancements to support the public release of the webOS PDK.

Web

  • If a user enters text in a field on certain websites, the screen focus now remains on the text being entered.
  • This release fixes a rare problem so that podcasts now download correctly.

Security

This release addresses several security issues with the Palm webOS software.

Verizon Phasing Out Palm Pre Plus, Making Room for Palm Pre 2?

According to a few leaked documents sent to Engadget, it appears that Verizon has started to phase out a number of phones including the Palm Pre Plus. The Palm Pixi Plus is not listed among those being phased out, which leads us to believe that a possible replacement is en route for the Palm Pre Plus. Perhaps those rumors of a Palm Pre 2 heading to Verizon are true.

Verizon Palm Pre

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Verizon Showcases Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus in Summer Catalog

Verizon’s summer catalog has been leaked and it’s good to see that Big Red is still committed to promoting Palm’s dynamic duo. Both the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are prominently featured next to Motorola’s Droid tandem and a duo of Blackberry devices. With the free mobile hot spot, Verizon’s Palm webOS phones still represent one of the best values in wireless.

BGR via Everything Android

Palm Pre and Palm Pixi Accessory Sale at Verizon Wireless

If you missed out on the Radio Shack Palm accessory sale, you’ve got another chance to score a great deal on accessories for both the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. Verizon Wireless has incredible pricing on accessory bundles for both webOS phones.

Palm Pre Plus:

  • Touchstone Charger, Vehicle Charger: $19.96
  • Touchstone Charger, Vehicle Charger, and Case: $24.95

Palm Pixi Plus:

  • Touchstone Charger and Rear Cover: $9.97
  • Touchstone Charger, Rear Cover, Vehicle Power Charger: $19.96

You don’t necessarily have to have a Verizon branded Palm device in order to take advantage of this sale. Also, these prices include free overnight shipping.

via WebOSroundup

HP Offering Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus Free on Contract

As we noted, HP did not waste any time getting the line of webOS phones and accessories on their site once the deal was finalized. The company also has a special promotion on webOS phones going on now through July 7th. For a limited time, you can get a Palm Pre Plus (AT&T, Verizon) or a Palm Pixi Plus (AT&T, Verizon) for free with a new account or new line of service. For AT&T lines, you’ll also have the activation fee waived. It doesn’t end there. Palm Pre Plus customers receive an accessory kit that includes:

  • Premium In-Vehicle Charger
  • Axiom Premium Genuine Leather Case
  • Renegade Mini Bluetooth Headset

You can find these promotions at HP.

Verizon Palm Pixi Plus Goes Free

With the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon now available for just $29.99 (with a 2-year agreement), it certainly makes sense to drop the price of it’s sibling, the Palm Pixi Plus. As of today, Verizon Wireless has done just that, offering the Palm Pixi Plus for the price of free. Of course, there is a 2-year contract involved, but the Palm Pixi Plus also has the benefit of doubling as a free mobile hotspot. Not bad and perhaps this is a more suitable and far more capable phone for social maximizers than the recently announced KIN.

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Head on over to verizonwireless.com to claim your Palm Pixi Plus.

via PreCentral

Can You Find Me Now?

Interesting find by the sleuths over at PreCentral. A number of Verizon webOS owners have reported issues with GPS, location based apps providing less than stellar results. These applications often rely on a combination of data from both GPS and aGPS, the latter being dependent upon your wireless carrier who provides location using their infrastructure. aGPS is often faster than GPS. When combined, location based apps like Foursquare are going to be immeasurable better, since they rely on accurate data of your location.

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Palm has confirmed that Verizon has a proprietary aGPS system and third party applications do not have access to aGPS on Palm devices. Palm’s developer page for GPS provides more details:

Some carriers may not support, or may limit access to, Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) for location services. This can dramatically increase the time necessary for an initial position fix. This can be mitigated to some extent by choosing the parameters “responseTime:1″ and “accuracy:3” when requesting position information. These settings, when combined with Google Services, will return a low-resolution fix within 30 seconds in most environments. Once the low resolution fix is acquired, updating the location using ‘responseTime:3’ and ‘accuracy:1’ will provide a high resolution location fix when available.

It’s not quite clear why Verizon does not provide support for aGPS to third party applications on Palm devices or if they provide support on other platforms including Android. What is clear is that the lack of aGPS support on Verizon Palm webOS phones is a kick in the location based services.