HP TouchPad Update Rolling Out This Morning

According to a tweet from HP”s Richard Kerris, TouchPad owners can expect a software update sometime early today. No word yet on what’s included in the update. We’re hoping that HP addresses the lag issue plaguing webOS owners since its infancy and one of the main issues we touched upon in our HP TouchPad review. We’ll keep on eye on the changelog once it’s release to see if they’ve managed to rewrite the CSS3 to be GPU accelerated in webOS update 3.0.2.


Simply the best implementation of multitasking on any platform

Own a TouchPad? Receive the update? Let us know how it’s working for you.

Source: @richardkerris via @joshuatopolsky

Palm webOS 2.1 Getting Pushed Today?

According to a few reports, Palm has started to push webOS 2.1 to some devices. The update is far from being widespread, but it’s been seen on the Sprint Pre, a Palm Pre 2 and a Rogers Palm Pre 2.  No update here on an AT&T Palm Pre Plus, but that doesn’t leave us not hoping for some pre-event goodness.

webOS 2.1

Anyone else seeing the webOS 2.1 update?

via MobileSyrup and PreCentral

webOS 1.4.5 Changelog appears, update imminent?

Palm had posted a changelog for webOS 1.4.5 on their support site, but it’s gone missing. In fact, Palm’s entire support site appears to have some technical issues this morning. Browsing the site often brings up ‘null’ results.


The update hasn’t appeared yet, but the appearance of the changelog provides us with some hope that a release is coming and soon. Here’s what we can expect from webOS 1.4.5:


  • 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.

When it hits the Internets, we’ll let you know.

via PreCentral

Mark Space Releases Update to The Missing Sync for Palm Pre

Mark/Space has released version 1.2 of The Missing Sync for Palm Pre. The new version now synchronizes notes and tasks between a webOS phone, such as Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, and a Windows PC or Mac computer. For those of you who run Windows, version 1.2 includes a built-in ringtone editor, a feature previously available in the Mac version only. The update is available for free if you currently own a license. The Missing Sync for Palm Pre retails for $39.95.


Verizon Palm Pre Plus Gets webOS Update

Exciting day for Palm yesterday and some good news for those of you who have the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon Wireless. Palm has released webOS for the Verizon Palm Pre Plus. The update process will happen OTA and you can manually check if it’s available by hitting the Update icon that looks like a present. Official changelog is available after the break. The most notable change appears to be the removal of the pesky double letter issue that affected so many of you.

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Palm Releases Facebook 1.2 Update in App Catalog

One of the more important apps for any platform is Facebook and clearly Palm recognizes this with consistent improvements in Facebook for webOS. The lastest update Facebook 1.2 is now available for download in the App Catalog and offers some great new features including notification support and “polish around the user experience”.


Facebook 1.2 for webOS is a free download from the App Catalog. Let us know how it works for you.

Rumor: webOS 1.4 To Hit February 15th

The official word from Palm was that webOS 1.4 would be available sometime in early February. According to a tipster at PreCentral, an email indicates webOS 1.4 will be available on February 15th. The email was sent to Sprint stores indicating upcoming software updates. This certainly looks promising for Sprint customers. We’re not sure if those of you on Verizon will receive the update on the same day.


The February 15th date isn’t set in stone, but this certainly looks promising. Anyone up for shooting videos on your webOS device?

Not So Fast on webOS Speed Fixes

A few days ago we reported on Palm’s acknowledgement of speed issues affecting the UI of webOS and it was suggested that improvements would be forthcoming in “the immediate future”. PalmInfoCenter points us to an update to the post on Ajaxian that pours a bit of cold water on our hopes these speed improvements might be imminent.


Some of the notes have been taken out of context, so we wanted to clarify: We started with a talk on the the future of the mobile Web. This talked about the potential of the Web as the platform for devices, and why we were excited to join Palm… We don’t comment on our specific SDK plans, and while we are personally excited about the Web gaining GPU acceleration via technologies like WebGL and CSS Transforms, and we would like to see webOS gain these capabilities to allow web developers to better leverage our fantastic hardware, we were answering a question about our personal opinion on what we’d like to see happen to the platform. We don’t believe the term “immediate” was even mentioned by us, and we are sorry that people have read too much into this particular topic.

Doesn’t appear that webOS 1.3.1 will feature the speed increase the UI needs and most users want. In lieu of a speed increase, would a native Facebook app suffice?

Palm webOS Update Will Address Speed of UI

One of the frustrating parts of using Palm’s webOS is the lack of speed when accessing menus and in general the UI at times feels sluggish. With hardware on par with Apple’s iPhone 3GS, the speed of the UI just doesn’t feel as fast as it should given the hardware. Longtime Linux (and webOS) developer Jamie Zawinski left the Pre citing performance as one of the reasons. While the speed has been improved with the last few updates, the good news is that speed of the UI is definitely on Palm’s radar. At a webOS Developer Event in London, Palm’s dynamic duo Ben and Dion spoke about the issue.


On ease of use, multitasking has been great; UI latency is still an issue even though the hardware is comparable to 3GS. The problem is the path to the GPU didn’t exist, but now with CSS transforms, that will be solved in the immediate future.

With the Palm Pixi set to debut on November 15th, it will no doubt feature a later build that 1.2.1. We have no idea as to the number of the build, but we’re all for seeing speed improvements in the next webOS update. That plus of course we’re hoping for a killer Facebook app. How about you? What are you looking for from Palm in the next webOS update, outside of a little shake and bake?

webOS 1.2 Update Coming Today?

We know that webOS 1.2 is coming, but when? joek71 in our forums checked the software update section at Sprint.com and it displayed webOS 1.2 as being released on September 8th. In addition to the release date, there is a complete list of what’s being updated. As of 7pm EST, we’re not seeing the update, but it might be coming sooner than we all expected.


Thanks joek71