Yesterday was a pretty big day for Palm Pre owners with the release of WebOS 1.2 as described on the Palm blog. There are a number of significant and worthy updates that make the update a must have for Pre owners. However, you may want to exercise just a bit of caution as James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun discovered that the Palm Profile server had gone down so backup and restore was not working. The server is back up now so it should be fine to perform the update, but for those that did it before the server went down you may have found a few things that didn't come back (theme customizations for one) and none of your homebrew apps will come back. This just goes to show that syncing to the cloud isn't always a fail safe solution.
Back to the WebOS 1.2 update, we see a large number of improvements including:
- Smart filter of emails as you enter keys on the keyboard (Feature I love in Windows Mobile)
- Download files in the browser
- Browse and now purchase music through the Amazon MP3 store over the cellular connection, not just WiFi
- Phone numbers tapped in a calendar note can now be dialed directly
- Podcasts can be paused and pick up where you left off
- Web pages and emails are now able to be cut, copied, and pasted
- LinkedIn is now supported by Synergy
- Support for heterogeneous EAS policies is now provided
- You can now enter a credit card in the App Catalog (in preparation for priced app support)
- Ability to redownload apps you purchased for free is enabled
- Web browser bookmarks are now backed up in Palm Profile (another thing you may notice didn't come back after the server went down)
Check out the Palm page for the update to see the entire list of things that were updated and you will see this is an update every Palm Pre owner should apply.