Posts tagged with: Palm Pre
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    We already have a series here at Pocketnow lamenting the choices of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, and trying to learn something from their most visible mistakes. It's called Worst Gadgets Ever, and it's a fun little video series that you should check out. But sometimes, a broader look at the industry's development is useful - and given the right attitude, it can also be fun. Earlier this year, our own Taylor Martin took you on a tour of smart phone form factors that are officially dead - not necessarily due to poor decisions, but owing to the constantly shifting mobile landscape ...

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    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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    Sometimes you get listener mail that asks how the band got together in the first place. Sometimes that happens the day after you drop some nostalgic sentimentalism all over the internet. Sometimes, simultaneously, there are some sweet, juicy rumors and leaks about a top-of-the-line camera phone with what looks like a moon crater on it. Sometimes you gotta put all that into a podcast with the original cadre of Pocketnow 'casters, and see what comes out. All that, plus the longest outtake reel in the history of Pocketnow, more Nokia EOS rumors than you can shake a stick at, the first-ever ...

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    It's been four years to the day that Palm's would-be savior platform, webOS, launched to much hoopla with the original Pre. And though the days since have been dark ones indeed for the all-but-dead platform, we thought it would be nice to indulge our nostalgia on this, the anniversary day of "20090606," with a Palm Pre unboxing. Fortunately, our own Michael Fisher happened to have a like-new Palm Pre box, an artifact from a launch-day excursion to his local Sprint store all those years ago. And while the Pre within might charitably be called "well-loved" in terms of its physical condition, ...

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    In a surprise announcement today, HP CEO Meg Whitman has revealed that HP has purchased webOS back from LG. “HP is definitely maybe committed to probably doubling down on webOS in the coming weeks this time. Stay tuned.” The deal was consummated last night for $600 million and HP has to fill LG's soda machine for three years. “It's like getting it at a discount. 50% off the last time we bought it. It's a real coup,” Whitman added.] Nary a cocktail napkin was safe in Sunnyvale as the design team kicked into high gear. HP anticipates their new flagship phone, the Pre 4-1, will be ...

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    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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    Today's news from HP marks what looks like the end of an era, with the company deciding to throw in the towel on webOS-based smartphones. The platform has only been around for about a couple years, starting with rumors of something called "Nova" that Palm was working on. We got a proper name for the project with Palm announcing webOS and the Palm Pre at CES 2009. By summer, Palm had launched the original Pre QWERTY slider. The Pixi gave users an option with a non-slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Early 2010 brought news of upgrades to the Palm and Pixi, both getting Plus designations as part of a ...

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    We're a sucker for seeing phones run operating systems they were never intended to, whether that's an HTC HD7 that appears to be running Android, or an HD2 running... well, pretty much anything. The latest device to get the frankenphone treatment is an unlikely candidate, but sure enough, it looks like the Palm Pre has been configured for dual-boot with Android. After copying over the necessary Android files to your Pre (consisting of a no-frills stock build of Android), and running the install script, your Palm Pre will be ready to start playing around with Android. Obviously, this is ...

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    A hardware hack brought to us by the WebOS Internals team brings the Palm Pre 2 and Pre Plus to Sprint complete with webOS 2.0.1. A comm board is required from a Palm Pre device, and at the completion of the hack you have a fully functioning Sprint Palm Pre 2. The hack requires dismantling of the Palm Pre via removing 6 Torx T5 screws, a series of plastic clips, detaching some ribbon cables, and separating the device into several pieces. The comm board is removed from the donor device (the Palm Pre) and placed into the recipient device (Palm Pre 2 or Pre Plus), which must also be ...

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    Palm recently made it's webOS kernel source code available for public consumption. Within a few hours the webOS internals team released a custom kernel capable of overclocking the Palm Pre/Pre Plus to 1GHz. unixpsycho, one of the members of the webOS internals team states in a recent Twitter post that webOS 1.4.5 kernels will now be deprecated in favor of the new 2.1 kernel tree. They will remain available but not be actively maintained. Running the 2.1 kernel requires upgrading your Palm Pre or Pre Plus to webOS 2.1 as part of the process. The custom kernel release comes with a healthy ...

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    The new direction HP is taking in regards to webOS 2.0 upgrades for existing webOS devices surely has lots of Palm users feeling confused and a bit betrayed. Yesterday, the potential for getting these updates suddenly changed from "all devices will get them sometime this year" to "don't expect an easy OTA update, if we even come out with an update for your phone at all". While HP said that it would work on some sort of plan to bring existing users along to a current webOS release, it still left a lot of ambiguities hanging. Now the company has put up a tool you can use to see what the ...

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    HP had plenty of news for its users today about upcoming hardware and expanded availability of recently-released devices, but what of the the original Pres, Pre Pluses, Pixies, and all? Users have been waiting patiently for a webOS upgrade to version 2.0 for these devices, with an early 2011 release seeming probable. That possibility is looking very unlikely now, as upgrades have clearly taken a back seat to the current roster of HP's smartphones. The company revealed at today's event that those phones will never get webOS 2.0 over-the-air, though tethered upgrades remain a possibility. ...

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    PreCentral has released a handful of documentation about the upcoming Topaz WebOS-powered tablet device from HP. What's interesting is talk of a new version of the inductive-charging system we've seen with Palm's WebOS smartphones, dubbed Touchstone v2. The new functionality is described as such: ...functionality looks to include both Bluetooth for wireless streaming of content and speakers for music. The tap to share functionality comes via "communication coils" that enable "tap to share" use cases. Here's what HP has planned for Touchstone v2: - Wireless charging similar to what we have ...

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    WiFi tethering isn't necessarily new on WebOS, if you want to pay for it with the optional program included on devices like the Palm Pre Plus, which requires an added monthly fee to work. At long last, WebOS users can install a homebrew application to grant free WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB tethering for getting internet on the go. The developer, WebOS Internals, intends to have the app ready for release within a week. Source: WebOS Internals Twitter Via: PreCentral

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    After the similar Windows Phone 7 update which recently brought Places to the Microsoft platform, the new Facebook application brings the same functionality to webOS devices. The update will bounce the application's version number to 1.5.0 and the main feature that has been added is the ability to use Facebook's Places. Now webOS device users will be able to check into their favorite Places together with their friends on Facebook. The application is free and requires webOS version 1.3.1. Source: Twitter, Palm

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