Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vote: Mock-up the next Palm device contest needs you to pick a winner

Vote: Mock-up the next Palm device contest needs you to pick a winner: "

Mock-up the next Palm Device contest

Well folks, the time has come for the next phase of our fun little contest. After receiving several dozen entries of varying caliber, we’ve finally whittled the options down to pick ten finalists. The winner, however, is up to you and your voting skills (i.e. you ability to click with a mouse). The most excellent mock-up that receives the most excellent votes will net the winner the next Palm device, which as it turns out will be a Palm Pre 2, in which ever flavor the winner prefers (Verizon or unlocked AT&T band developer phone (or SFR if you’re feeling French)). Vote getters number two and three will received a conciliatory prize of $50 to spend at the PreCentral Accessory Store, while everybody else gets a slap on the back and a job well done.

After the break, check out all the entries, including our ten finalists and ten honorable mentions, and place your vote!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

webOS 2.0 review

webOS 2.0 review: "

When it comes to webOS 2.0 (now actually called HP webOS), it almost felt like we'd never see the version number, let alone get to review it. It's been an intense few months for Palm: after floundering in the early part of the smartphone wars, it was scooped up by HP for a tidy sum of $1.2b. Though it seemed like the dream of webOS could fade away, the company made it clear that it had plans to not only continue the work Palm had done in the mobile world, but extend what the tiny company had created to other platforms as well (tablets, and yes, printers). We've heard a lot of talk from both parties since the acquisition, but have seen little in the way of proof that progress was indeed being made -- but that's all changed today. Palm has officially released its second generation OS into the wild, along with a new, beefed up version of the Pre (at least in France -- North American handsets are coming soon). The company offered us an early developer phone to test out the new OS and see if the combination of tightened code and a significantly faster device (the Pre 2 clocks in with a 1GHz CPU) could make a difference between last place and a fighting chance. We've taken an extensive look at the new OS, so read on for our full take!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

SFR outs the Palm Pre 2: 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM

SFR outs the Palm Pre 2: 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM: "

SFR Palm Pre 2Considering how tight of a lid Palm and HP have been keeping on details about the next Palm device, we were surprised to see it pop up on the website of French carrier SFR (who recently disappeared the Pre Plus). It’s official: the Palm Pre 2 is coming.

Yeah, you’re interested. Here’s what details SFR dropped:

  • 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Same design as the current Pre series, but with a “flatter screen” (we’re supposing glass) and “more refined design.”
  • Update: as arthurthornton notes in the comments - if you look closely that finicky USB door has been removed and replaced with a simple, exposed MicroUSB port. Looking more closely the finish on the edge is matted - so it looks like that crack-prone plastic we've been dealing with is a thing of the past.
  • Update 2: PreCentral member thomas92 notes via email that SFR also says that webOS 2.0 will bring a faster boot time. We really need to work on our French, it seems.

Additionally, our rusty French translation yielded this until-now unannounced webOS 2.0 feature: push. Specifically, SFR is talking about Facebook push integration (touting it as “the great innovation of 2.0”) with messages, events, wall postings, and chat. We’re not going to read too much into that, as we would hope that Palm would integrate push into more than Facebook. So either SFR is overreaching, or they’re not telling us everything about push and instead are focusing on what customers want to hear about, i.e. Facebook.

Of course, there are battery life and performance improvements, but if the way SFR is writing it, these might be better than the usual negligible bumps. And if you were wondering what the device codename could be, SFR’s given it away in their unedited image name: Roadrunner.

And, before you ask, no mention of price or release date.

Source: SFR; Thanks to JMM for the tip!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Break Down the Barrier Between WebOS and Your Computer [Syncing]

Break Down the Barrier Between WebOS and Your Computer [Syncing]: "
We recently rounded up the best ways to sync files, web pages, and generally everything else between your main computer and an Android or iPhone. One enthusiastic Palm WebOS user took it upon themselves to write up a counterpart guide. More »