Palm Pre

Only 220 Palm Pre sold in Ireland since launch?

Back when we reviewed the O2 Palm Pre in October 2009, we pondered whether the sheer length of time between its announcement the preceding January and its launch nine months later would leave buyers cold.  Unfortunately it sounds like that might have been the case: Mobile Industry Review have heard from an unnamed “heavyweight industry source” that O2 Ireland have sold a mere 220 Pre handsets, and that sales have been “equally successful” in the UK.

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Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus hit Verizon Jan 25; webOS getting video capture

Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus hit Verizon Jan 25; webOS getting video capture

Palm have announced the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, and as expected they're headed to Verizon Wireless.  The Palm Pre Plus doubles memory to 16GB and drops the navigation button, while the Pixi Plus gets the WiFi that was missing from the Sprint Pixi.  Meanwhile both Verizon handsets will get a new 3G mobile hotspot application that, like a MiFi, will allow users to share their EVDO Rev.A connection with up to five connected WiFi clients.

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Palm webOS development goes public; France’s SFR getting Pre

At their keynote speech at CES 2010 this morning, Palm have announced that they are opening up webOS development to the public.  The company had already put their development tools online back in December 2009, but at that point the system was only in public beta.

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Verizon’s Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus detailed: memory & WiFi added

Verizon’s Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus detailed: memory & WiFi added

Remember the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus?  We heard back in the tail end of December that they were pretty much confirmed for a Verizon launch in 2010, and now a leaked spec sheet that looks to have come from inside the carrier has spilled the beans on what exactly makes them "Plus" material.  The bottom line?  More storage for one and WiFi for the other.

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Google Nexus One gets BillShrink treatment: undercuts iPhone 3GS and DROID

Google Nexus One gets BillShrink treatment: undercuts iPhone 3GS and DROID

The Google Nexus One has only been official for a few hours - you can find our first impressions and a hands-on video here - but BillShrink have already done their usual calculations to work out how the Android 2.1 "superphone" stacks up against the competition.  At $179 subsidized via T-Mobile USA, or $529 SIM-free and unlocked, the Nexus One not only undercuts the iPhone 3GS but the previous Android device of the moment, the Motorola DROID.

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Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus apparently confirmed

Having seen what looked to be FCC approval for a version of the Palm Pixi – called the Palm Pixi Plus – with WiFi b/g along with EVDO Rev.A, there’s now talk that both it and a Palm Pre Plus will be headed to Verizon Wireless.  According to BGR’s tipsters, the two CDMA handsets will both run webOS 1.3.5 rather than anything newer, which seems to suggest a launch would be sooner rather than later.

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WebOS 1.3.5 update supports Pre gaming video authenticity

WebOS 1.3.5 update supports Pre gaming video authenticity

I mentioned yesterday that update 1.3.5 for WebOS on the Palm Pre was inbound. Prior to the update coming in there was a video floating around that showed the Need for Speed game being played on the Pre. Many claimed that the video was a fake since the Pre really didn’t have any gaming chops to speak of.

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Verizon Palm Pre Plus, Motorola Devour and LG VS750 tipped incoming

Details of Verizon’s upcoming smartphones have leaked, and if you’ve been waiting for a new WebOS, Android or Windows Mobile device from the carrier then you’re in luck.  The Palm Pre Plus, Motorola Devour A555 and LG VS750 have all been tipped as arriving over the next few months by PhoneArena’s tipsters, though right now details on all three are reasonably minimal.  It’s unclear, for instance, what the difference between the Sprint Palm Pre and the Verizon Palm Pre Plus might be.

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webOS 1.3.2 speeds up Palm Pixi; 1.3.5 imminent

webOS 1.3.2 speeds up Palm Pixi; 1.3.5 imminent

A sprinkling of webOS news this morning, as both a new update gets pushed out to Palm Pixi owners and a future update is tipped.  Palm Pixi owners are reporting that webOS 1.3.2 is being pushed to their handsets, though there's still no sign on Palm's Pixi software page, and while we're lacking an official changelog the new firmware is tipped to speed up how the smartphone handles multiple open applications.

As for the rumored future update, that's believed to be webOS 1.3.5 and expected to arrive in mid-December.  The news was revealed by a loose-lipped O2 Germany rep, apparently, who explained that one of 1.3.5's tweaks will be to fix an SMS bug that roughly halves the character limit after a special letter is entered.

Euro Palm Pre gets webOS 1.3.1 (at last)

One of our more frustrated complaints in our review of the GSM Palm Pre released in Europe a few months back was that it ran webOS 1.1.3, whereas at point of launch the US version on Sprint was already a few OS iterations beyond that.  At the time all O2 and Palm Europe would say was that “parity” would come later in 2009; happily that time is now upon us, and Palm have pushed out webOS 1.3.1 to European Palm Pre devices.

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GSM Palm Pre hits Telcel on November 27th

Palm have announced the next carrier for the Palm Pre, and if you’re in Mexico you’ll be pleased to hear it’s headed to Telcel stores on November 27th.  In this case, the Pre will be the GSM model for North American frequencies, in this case quadband GSM/GPRS?EDGE and 850/1900 UMTS 3G.

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Sprint Palm Pixi arrives November 15th for $100

Sprint and Palm have announced launch details for the second webOS smartphone, the Palm Pixi.  The candybar handset – which we played with back in September – will arrive on the CDMA network in the US come November 15th, priced from $99.99 after $150-worth of instant and mail-in rebates, and presuming a new, two-year agreement.

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