Tag Archive for ‘Palm Pre’

Henry Levak Demos Flash on the Palm Pre ➝

Henry Levak took some video of Flash 10.1 on a Palm Pre Plus at Game Developers Conference. The first website he visited was Hulu, which unfortunately didn’t work that well. The Palm representative quickly nudged Henry toward one of the bookmarked Flash-heavy sites.

He then demoed a Flash-based game that didn’t seem too complicated, it was basically just a tap to shoot game but it did indeed work, although not that impressively.

In short, one of the few reasons that anyone would want to have Flash on a mobile device — Hulu — doesn’t seem to work well quite yet.

webOS 1.3.1 Does Not Enable iTunes Syncing ➝

Michael Bettiol regarding webOS 1.3.1:

Sitting pretty at 126MB, some very useful changes have been made apart from the usual bug fixes. iTunes is not supported, but Synergy now includes Yahoo! contact and calendar sync while Sprint users now have Yahoo! IM. Forwarding and copying of a single SMS/IM message is now a go as is the ability to set unique ringtones for new messages while videos shot in widescreen are no longer automatically panned and scanned

I’m really hoping that Palm has finally given up on iTunes syncing. Apple never would, and for Palm’s customer’s sake, I hope this cat and mouse game doesn’t have to continue. Palm needs to do what they should have done months ago, release a standalone application that syncs media between iTunes and webOS devices.

Previously:
10/30/09: iTunes 9.0.2
6/17/09: Apple Posts Knowledge Base Article Regarding Pre iTunes Syncing
5/29/09: Palm Pre Syncs Media with iTunes

iTunes 9.0.2 ➝

iTunes 9.0.2 Update

Apple has released iTunes 9.0.2 to software update. This new version adds support for Apple TV 3.0 and an option to use the dark background in grid view.

I’m really happy to see that Apple has brought back the dark background for grid view. I hated the whitish one, it just looked terrible.

And yes, Pre syncing has been blocked again. This cat and mouse game likely isn’t going to end until Palm either finds a way to do it where Apple can’t block it or Palm finally gives up. I’m actually surprised that Palm hasn’t released a stand-alone syncing tool yet, even just as a way of letting users continue to sync their devices until Palm finds a fix to Apple’s blocks.

Previously:
6/17/09: Apple Posts Knowledge Base Article Regarding Pre iTunes Syncing
5/29/09: Palm Pre Syncs Media with iTunes

Update 10/30/09: Apple TV 3.0 Software Update

Update 11/18/09: webOS 1.3.1 Does Not Enable iTunes Syncing

Verizon to Get Palm Pre ‘Early Next Year’ ➝

VZWOffers Palm Pre Confirmation

VWZOffers (“Official Verizon Wireless Twitter feed for special offers”) tweeted yesterday morning, saying:

@lanvuch We will be carrying the Palm Pre smartphone early next year.

There was some question as to whether or not (or when) Verizon would be getting the Palm Pre, and now we finally have a time frame.

With the Palm Pre and the Droid, Verizon is actually going to have a competitive phone lineup.

Update 11/19/09: AppleInsider is reporting that Shaw Wu, an analyst with Kaufman Bros., believes that Verizon will carry a webOS-based device in the first half of 2010. As with most analyst notes, it’s hard to tell whether Shaw Wu knows anything more than we do. But, if investors are listening to then he might have some sort of credibility.

12/20/09: Palm’s CES Announcement

Update 1/13/10: Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Coming to Verizon

Craig Hunter on webOS’s iTunes Syncing ➝

Craig Hunter puts into words what we have all been thinking:

Clearly, other companies know how to sync painlessly with iTunes music (see RIM’s Blackberry Media Sync for example), so why doesn’t Palm develop a syncing solution for their own hardware? The exact reason is unknown, but my guess is that it’s a combination of things. Perhaps Palm doesn’t have the resources to develop their own sync app. Or maybe they want some publicity. Or maybe they just want to push Apple’s buttons. Who really knows. But I seriously question the strategy and brains of any company that ties critical product capabilities to the unsupported use of their competitor’s software. I mean, really? Can it get any more ridiculous? Can you possibly send a more mixed, less confidence-inspiring, “we’re a bunch of hacks who can’t provide our own sync software for our products” message to customers?

At first I thought that Palm would try out iTunes syncing, hoping that Apple wouldn’t do anything about it. As a backup I assumed that when Apple did block it Palm would simply release a dedicated syncing application that they had waiting in the wings. It’s safe to assume that Palm doesn’t have a dedicated application waiting in the wings, iTunes syncing is Palm’s syncing solution.

Previously:
7/24/09: How Palm Re-Enabled iTunes Sync
6/17/09: Apple Posts Knowledge Base Article Regarding Pre iTunes Syncing
5/29/09: Palm Pre Syncs Media with iTunes

Update 10/30/09: iTunes 9.0.2

Update 11/18/09: webOS 1.3.1 Does Not Enable iTunes Syncing

Palm App Catalog Submission Process ➝

Jamie Zawinski regarding his experience submitting an application to the Palm App Catalog:

In the months since this process began, other third-party developers seem to have managed to get their applications into the App Catalog. Apparently these people are better at jumping through ridiculous hoops than I am.

So at this point I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be developing any more software for the Palm Pre.

Ben Galbraith, director of developer relations at Palm, responds to Zawinski, writing:

We are sorry that Jamie feels the way he does, but we’ll fix what’s broken and are going to deliver a fantastic opportunity to developers as they in turn help create a fantastic experience to users.

Ben Galbraith gives hope that the submission process will improve also stating:

We’re trying to strike the right balance between locking down our device and making it a free-for-all. Like all great things, this will be an iterative process and we are eager and open to your participation and input to make it better for everyone.

As annoying as this must be to Jamie Zawinski it isn’t nearly as bad as the horror stories we’ve heard about the App Store submission process. But, time will tell if Palm can improve their developer relations and truly steal developers from the Apple camp.

Update 10/7/09: Palm may have found a better solution to dealing with questionable applications. MG Siegler reporting for TechCrunch:

The first is that they’re allowing developers to fully distribute their apps via the web. What this means is that developers can simply submit their apps to Palm, and Palm will return to them a URL that they can then blog, tweet, do whatever they want to share it. When a person then clicks on that URL they can easily install the app, bypassing any kind of store. And while Palm is providing the URL, it is not going to be reviewing the apps in any way — a clear dig at Apple’s approval process.

If Apple did this for every application that was rejected it would truly solve the App Store problem. Every application would be available for the iPhone but not every application would be found in the App Store. To find those “questionable” applications you would have to find them on the web.

Pre Phones Home, Palm Responds ➝

Debian Developer Joey Hess discovered that the Palm Pre sends your location, along with a list of the applications you use, and how long you have used them back to Palm once a day.

This finding is sure to upset Palm Pre users but later on in the day Palm issued a statement trying to calm the tempers regarding this privacy concern.

Palm takes privacy very seriously, and offers users ways to turn data collecting services on and off. Our privacy policy is like many policies in the industry and includes very detailed language about potential scenarios in which we might use a customer’s information, all toward a goal of offering a great user experience. For instance, when location based services are used, we collect their information to give them relevant local results in Google Maps. We appreciate the trust that users give us with their information, and have no intention to violate that trust.

This doesn’t look good for Palm and I wouldn’t be surprised if this “feature” disappeared in the next update to WebOS, or at least made it easier to disable.

Update 8/13/09: Betanews reports on how exactly a user would go about turning this data collection off:

Under Location Services, a user needs only to switch Background Data Collection to the “off” position and all this controversial location and app data will kept private.

How Palm Re-Enabled iTunes Sync ➝

Palm managed to re-enable iTunes syncing with the latest update to WebOS but many are questioning exactly how they managed to do it.

If you’ve followed this story from the beginning you would likely know that Palm used Apple’s USB product ID to convince iTunes that it was an iPod, but the Pre still had Palm’s USB Vendor ID to identified itself as a massage storage device made by Palm.

What Apple did was check the USB Vendor ID to make sure it was made by Apple. Palm came back with WebOS 1.1 changing that Vendor ID to Apple’s. But, there will likely be another round of this because the root USB Node as identified by IOUSBDevice is still “Pre.”

The kicker to this whole story is that Palm is in direct violation of the USB licensing agreement. But, Palm has preemptively filed a complaint against Apple accusing them of misusing the USB Vendor ID.

Update 9/9/09: According to forum members over at PreCentral, iTunes 9 breaks media sync on the Palm Pre.

Update 9/29/09: webOS 1.2 has been released and it does not fix iTunes syncing. John Gruber of Daring Fireball puts it best:

I hope for Palm’s sake that they’ve given up on this.

It’s not that the feature isn’t great, because it is, the problem is that Apple has taken a firm stand against it. Unless Palm wants to get into a cat and mouse game, advising their users not to update iTunes until Palm releases a fix, they need to give up on the idea.