HP Manages Quietest Launch in webOS History With Pre 3

HP Pre 3

HP has released the Pre 3. You might not have known about it, since there were no press releases or fanfare outside of the huge HP event six months ago. The Pre 3 is apparently available for pre-order from Palm’s Euro Store and several third party retailers. From what we are hearing, Palm’s own store is lagging shipments, while third parties shipped out yesterday. In fact, it shouldn’t be much longer before we see a few Pre 3 unboxings on YouTube. That left most wondering when the US would see the Pre 3. HP reached out to responded to an inquiry from PreCentral, to let us know the following:

HP is excited to begin its regional rollout of Pre3, the only phone today that offers users a slide-out keyboard coupled with a large touchscreen and the fastest speed (1.4GHz processor – the fastest on the market). We expect to share additional information for U.S. customers soon.

No carrier announcements in the US. No reviews. Just a few users who paid full price at random third party retailers in Europe. If the plan was to keep the Pre 3 under the radar, then job well done.

You have to wonder if US carriers have agreed to carry the Pre 3 and what happens to webOS if they are no longer interested in the platform? The Pre 3 is looking more and more like the Pre 2. Yet another stopgap device with minimal marketing and minimal release plans. Last night’s report that Best Buy is having trouble selling the HP TouchPad just adds to the pain.

Source: PreCentral, Palm Euro Store

Paid webOS Applications Coming to Europe in March

Following the launch of paid apps in the US and subsequent removal of that pesky beta tag on the App Catalog, Palm announced that the European e-commerce program will go live in March of 2010. Not only does this benefit our European friends, but will provide a big boost to developers. The Palm Pre is currently available in the UK, Ireland, Spain and German. Safe to say, it’s good news all around come March.

webOS 1.3.1 Now Available for O2 Customers

Fresh off the US release, Palm has just released webOS 1.3.1 for O2 customers throughout Europe. You know the procedure, hit the ‘Updates’ app on your Pre and start the process of updating. Of course, you could wait for this to happen over the next couple of days, but who wants to wait. The new update provides:

  • support for LinkedIn contacts and Yahoo! calendar and contact information in Palm
  • improvements in e-mail and messaging, such as the ability to forward messages in the Messaging app
  • a new Facebook for Palm app
  • more options for using your Palm Pre in corporate EAS environments.


[via PreThinking]