webOS 1.4.5 Update Released for AT&T Palm Pixi Plus

Owners of the AT&T Palm Pixi Plus should be excited today as Palm has released the webOS 1.4.5 update that should be hitting your phone OTA. The big news here is that you’ll now be able to enjoy PDK developed games, so we don’t mind if go get your Angry Birds on.

webOS Update

Full changelog:

  • Version: webOS 1.4.5
  • Release date: 11 October 2010

New applications


Feature changes to existing applications


  • This release includes minor fixes and enhancements to support the public release of the webOS PDK.


  • 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.


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

We’d like to thank Nils of MWR InfoSecurity and Chris Clark for their help in identifying the issues addressed in this release. Individuals interested in contacting Palm to report suspected security issues can find more information at palm.com/security.

via @palm

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

AT&T Survey Pitches Address Book, Speaks In Code

AT&T has been sending out surveys to new smartphone customers. Having just purchased a Palm Pixi Plus (and then a Palm Pre Plus), I was included in the survey. The survey started by asking me to confirm if I recently purchased a Palm Elan (P121UNA). Most hardcore Palm fans will know this refers to the Palm Pixi Plus, but this question will likely will have consumers scratching their head asking, “What’s a Palm Elan?”. My curiousity was piqued as to what information AT&T was attempting to glean from the survey.

As I proceed through the survey, I was asked a littany of questions regarding AT&T’s Address Book service. I have no shortage of smartphones, but this was the first I had heard of this service. There is no charge and it apparently backs up your contacts to the cloud. I thoughtto myself, what a novel idea. Then I remembered that I just purchased a Palm Pre Plus. With my existing Palm Profile in place, all my contacts and apps were already in place by the time I left the AT&T store. When I moved from the Pixi Plus to the Pre Plus, it took me all of 10 minutes to sign into my profile and have all my contacts in place.

In theory, the AT&T Address Book sounds like a good service, if it were not for a duplication of what Palm owners already have with the Palm Profile. I have yet to sign up for the service, but I’m considering it. My Palm Profile has yet to fail me, but you can never have too many backups. Both the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are supported and there is no charge. For more information, you can check out AT&T.

Anyone using this service? How’s it working for you?

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.

AT&T Palm Pixi Plus Available Today, Priced at $50 or Free

The diminutive Palm Pixi Plus is officially available today on AT&T Wireless. You can find the Palm Pixi Plus at your local AT&T retail store or online. AT&T is selling the Palm Pixi Plus with black Touchstone compatible backplate for $49.99 after an instant $100 rebate. You can save yourself $50 and have zero out of pocket costs if you select the Palm Pixi Plus with the AT&T blue back.


Those of you who are mid-contract or don’t like commitments, you can purchase the Palm Pixi Plus outright for $299.

UPDATE: If you prefer black, Amazon has the new Palm Pixi Plus for AT&T for free.

Early June Launch for AT&T Palm Pixi Plus

The Palm Pre Plus will be available on AT&T this Sunday, priced at $149.99 (with standard 2-year agreement and a $100 debit card). That left us scratching our head as to when it’s partner, the Palm Pixi Plus would be released. These two normally release as a pair, but the Palm Pixi Plus was noticeably missing from the social network announcement. Now comes word from EngadgetMobile, who tells us to expect the Palm Pixi Plus on June 6th. It will be priced at $49.99 after rebate.


We’re just going to say it. $150 out the door with a $100 MIR debit card isn’t going to help their efforts move phones when they have to compete against a $99 iPhone 3G, $199 iPhone 3GS or the forthcoming yet-to-be announced iPhone HD. Not to mention, you can pick up a Verizon Palm Pixi Plus for free and that comes with a free mobile hotspot. Nothing is official yet, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear from Palm, AT&T or their respective Facebook walls.

What happened to the Palm Pixi Plus on AT&T?

For weeks, AT&T has been promoting both the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus as coming soon. Last week, a leaked slide provided details on the Palm Pre Plus launch, details which became official today via Facebook. We’re a bit old school in our preference for a standard press release in our inbox, but then you miss out on exchanges between consumers and company. One of those consumers asked the question on our minds, “Does the Palm Pixi Plus come out on the 16th as well?”


AT&T:  “We don’t have exact details to share on when the Palm Pixi Plus is coming out, but we’ll let you know right here.”

Sounds non-committal and we’re wondering if the Palm Pixi Plus might not see the light of day on the network. One could say that will keep AT&T staff focused on just one webOS device, but we just don’t know.

What about you? Were you waiting on the Palm Pixi Plus or is the Palm Pre Plus that truly desire?

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.


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.


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.

Palm Pre Plus Dummy Units Arrive at AT&T

Before they get real actual phones, stores receive the dummy phone and it appears AT&T has received a supply of dummy Palm Pre Plus phones. Between the unboxings that have been occuring and now POS  (point of sale) merchandising at AT&T stores, one could suspect we’ll see a release in the coming weeks.


In addition to the Palm Pre Plus, AT&T will also be selling the diminutive Palm Pixi Plus. Finally, AT&T customers will have a viable alternative to the iPhone.

via Engadget