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Originally, I said I wasn’t going to install that MyTether software on the Palm Pre, but I’m about to change my mind. That’s the software that enables 3G modem tethering for the Pre and even connection sharing over Wi-Fi. Why the flip-flop on my direction? That’s […]

palm-pre-homebrewOriginally, I said I wasn’t going to install that MyTether software on the Palm Pre, but I’m about to change my mind. That’s the software that enables 3G modem tethering for the Pre and even connection sharing over Wi-Fi. Why the flip-flop on my direction? That’s simple — because PreCentral just made it incredibly easy to install homebrew software to the Palm Pre.

The site has a small Java application that works on both PC and Mac. Using that application and the not-so-secret hack to put your Pre in Developer Mode, it’s simple to install any of the apps in the homebrew catalog. One of the first apps recommended is FileCoaster, which allows for browsing the homebrew catalog and installing apps directly. It’s like a mini Application Catalog on it’s own!

There are over 70 titles available now, and given how we’ve only seen two new Palm Pre apps in the official catalog since launch, I suspect we’ll see many more homebrew titles appear soon.

  1. Agreed. I am clueless when it comes to rooting/homebrew, but the PreCentral forum app store made it easy to install My Tether (which is excellent over bluetooth or for use as a wifi hotspot) and about 15 other apps of all flavors. The first app to install is definitely FileCoaster. The Pre is an exciting device and the homebrew scene makes it even better.

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  2. Does anyone else see the irony of calling it a mini App Catalog when it has double (almost triple) the number of applications that the official App Catalog has? :p

    There’s actually a ton of good homebrew available now. I’ve got 27 installed. While a great number of them are games (including the Craps game I wrote myself to learn a little JS out of boredom), there’s also a bunch of must-have apps. FileCoaster is nice, but PrePod and MyTether are the two must-haves for me. Other really nice ones are DotGame, Terminal (requires rooting), GolfPinFinder, Twee, XboxLiveFriends, PrePackage, and WootOn!, depending of course on your needs.

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    1. Also, it’s up to 85 for the record now. :p

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    2. Where can you get Terminal and WootOn? I don’t see them at http://www.precentral.net/homebrew-apps?order=title&sort=asc

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    3. WootOn is actually not in the Homebrew Gallery, the author is having an open beta at his site:

      http://www.deliciousmorsel.com/app/wootonwebos

      As for Terminal, that one requires rooting, so it’s not in the Homebrew list.

      http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Application:Terminal

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  3. I recently purchased a palm pre and I’m interested in installing some of the homebrewed apps. But I would like detailed instructions and directions (websites) on getting the root/homebrewed software on my phone so I can install the apps.

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    1. the way i found how to do mine, was by watching youtube. just search for “root pre”. hope that helps you like it did me.

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    2. You don’t need to root the Pre to do most all of the homebrew. Simply go to PreCentral and follow the easy instructions for the HomeBrew Apps. Then install FileCoaster which downloads and installs them right on the Pre with a single click

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