Palm webOS 1.2 released; LinkedIn syncing, email filtering, Amazon downloads, and faster transitions

Palm webOS 1.2 released; LinkedIn syncing, email filtering, Amazon downloads, and faster transitions

Summary: Palm users will get an update in the next few days for webOS version 1.2.

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Palm users will get an update in the next few days for webOS version 1.2.

The new iteration of the mobile operating system includes an update to Palm Synergy, which added LinkedIn support. More detailed info from LinkedIn will appear on your phone, like job titles and work phone numbers.

Palm Synergy 1.2

webOS is known for search functionality, and that has been improved with 1.2. You can now filter emails just by typing in the search box, a feature that should have been in there from the get go. It's a little easier to copy and paste web addresses and content from emails now.

You can finally download mp3s from the Amazon store using your regular phone connection. Previously, you had to use wifi.

I also noticed that transitions have been changed, meaning the time that it takes for actions to occur on the phone. Tweezing and pinching a website is a little slower, but general operations seem faster. Another minor change I noticed is thumbnails in the bottom notification bar.

While webOS 1.2 is a nice upgrade, Palm still has a lot to improve, including the app submission process. You should also be able to download and subscribe to podcasts, a process that should sync with iTunes. 1.2.1 will fix iTunes syncing again.

A full list of enhancements is listed on Palm's website.

Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Collaboration, Operating Systems, Telcos

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  • Update?!?!

    It's not an update, it's a colossal failure. My
    Pre stopped working this morning and when I called
    Sprint they said that they'd "add me to the long
    queue" for Palm to get back to me to fix it. I
    still haven't heard from them and it has been
    about 4 hours, so I guess there's a really big
    group of us who are still waiting with non-
    functioning Pres. Wow, what an update! Way to
    go, Palm!!
    kechappe
    • Yikes

      Good Luck. I'm using the gen 2 Pre so it's more stable. Tell them you
      want the one manufactured between 7/1 and 7/29.
      Andrew Mager
      • How would you know?

        just wondering?
        MAKsystems
    • No backup Required

      Interesting - I've heard of this issue.
      Apparently it had to do with the Palm servers
      being offline. http://www.precentral.net/webos-
      12-and-exchange-issues But I didn't have any
      hacks left on my phone and I have turned off
      the auto-backup feature. All my data is "in the
      cloud" already.

      I'm having fun with my Pre.

      P.S. yeah - how *do* you tell the date of
      manufacture?
      Olderdan
    • re: Update?!?!

      After some whining and sympethetic pleas, sprint agreed to swap out my pre--the 3rd defective one going on 90 days since initial purchase--for a nice, problem free blackberry curve. As Adams might say: So long, and thanks for all the fish!
      imfreeeee
  • RE: Palm webOS 1.2 released; LinkedIn syncing, email filtering, Amazon downloads, and faster transitions

    if you had any tweaks/hacks installed, it could have caused your issues.

    Almost all issues, no matter how bad, can be fixed with the WebOS Doctor. http://www.palm.com/us/support/downloads/pre/recoverytool/webosdoctor_sprint.html

    There are two levels of bootloaders on the Pre, so even if the linux kernel and loader are totally wacked, it can still repair it.
    daren.darrow
  • What, no Yahoo?

    I thought this was the version that would support Yahoo calendars and contacts?
    Aesculapian