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My daily check for Palm Pre updates turned up the expected webOS firmware this morning. Version 1.3.1, which is already loaded on the Palm Pixi that arrives in stores tomorrow, weighs in at 126 MB. Many of the new features were already known thanks to some […]

updates_2009-14-11_092927My daily check for Palm Pre updates turned up the expected webOS firmware this morning. Version 1.3.1, which is already loaded on the Palm Pixi that arrives in stores tomorrow, weighs in at 126 MB. Many of the new features were already known thanks to some folks with the developer build, but a full rundown of the firmware functionality follows. Some of the more important ones I see:

  • Support for Yahoo! in Synergy, Calendar, IM and Mail
  • Ability to forward text messages
  • Palm Backup now includes browser cookies
  • Google Contact sync only includes records in My Contacts, not all contacts
  • Music app now has a playback slider for faster in-song navigation
  • New Secure Unlock feature
  • Tapping a YouTube video in the browser automatically opens a YouTube card

My installation is still in progress, so if I see anything else worth mentioning, I’ll add an update.

Backup

  • Backup now includes browser cookies, so that after a restart, for example, if you stored your username and password on a web-based email site, you can continue to access the site without needing to log in.
  • Backup no longer saves online account passwords. If you perform a partial or full erase or buy a replacement phone, after signing in to your Palm profile, you are prompted to enter the password for each of your online accounts. If you choose to skip this step, to continuing synchronizing this account, you must open an app that syncs with the account (CalendarContactsEmail) >application menuPreferences & Accounts > tap the account name > enter your username and password.

Calendar

  • Yahoo! now appears as a Calendar synchronization account. You can synchronize Yahoo! calendar events by opening Calendarapplication menuPreferences & AccountsAdd An Account >Yahoo!
  • An event’s location now appears with the same formatting in Day view and in the event notification.
  • Calendar notifications no longer reappear after being dismissed.
  • All-day events that span more than one day now appear correctly in all Calendar views.
  • If you create a Google calendar event on the phone and the event location contains an apostrophe, the event now correctly synchronizes with Google online.

Camera

  • After taking a picture, if you tap the picture thumbnail in the lower-left corner of the camera screen, the picture now opens in full-screen view, not Thumbnails view. Making the back gesture returns you to the camera.

Contacts

  • Yahoo! now appears as a Contacts synchronization account. You can download contacts from Yahoo! online to the phone by opening Contactsapplication menuPreferences & AccountsAdd An AccountYahoo!
  • Automatic contact linking based on name matches occurs only if the first and last name fields are populated with the same names. If either field is blank, the Contacts app no longer links the contacts. In addition, the Contacts app no longer automatically links contacts with the same name but with different suffixes (such as Jr. and Sr.).
  • Contact phone numbers in an Exchange account display the same label that is used for the number in Outlook.
  • If you set up Contacts to synchronize with a Google account, the account synchronizes only entries in Google’s My Contacts, not all contacts.
  • If a contact entry includes a linked Google instant message that contains a special character (such as an apostrophe or ampersand), the special character now displays correctly.

Device Info

  • If you copy a music file to the phone and then delete it, Device Info now shows the correct amount of available memory after the deletion.

Email

  • Forwarded and replied-to messages include improved formatting, such as the original sender’s email address in forwarded messages and correct inline image display in replies.
  • The list of mail types available in manual setup now includes Google Apps (Hosted Google Domains) and Yahoo! Small Business Domain email accounts. Selecting one of these types automatically enters the correct settings for these accounts.
  • If you have multiple Exchange accounts, doing a Global Address List (GAL) contact lookup searches all the accounts.
  • When you set up more than one email account from the same provider-for example, two Gmail or two Yahoo! accounts-in Account List view, the account names display the associated email address so that you can distinguish them.
  • A new Select All menu item selects message body text so that you can cut or copy it. A new Copy All menu item copies the entire message contents-sender, date, recipient, subject, and body text-so that you can paste it elsewhere. These menu items appear only when a message is open.
  • If you turn the All Inboxes preference off, email notifications now show how many new messages are in each of your email accounts.
  • Performing a message search in the All Flagged folder returns flagged messages only.
  • If an Exchange 2003 implementation requires a password, you can select an alphanumeric (strong) password even if the server does not require a strong password.
  • If an Exchange implementation allows use of a simple PIN (numbers only), the phone supports entry of a PIN that is longer than four characters.
  • If a notification appears for an incoming email message whose subject line contains an ampersand, the ampersand appears correctly in the notification.

Messaging

  • Yahoo! IM is available as an instant messaging account.
  • You can select a unique ringtone for new message alerts: Open Messagingapplication menu >Preferences & AccountsSoundRingtone.
  • You can forward a text or multimedia message by tapping the message > Forward.
  • You can copy the text of a text or multimedia message by tapping the message > Copy Text.
  • If you receive a message from an email address, the sender’s name (if in Contacts) or email address (if not) shows up correctly on the new message notification and on the open message in Messaging.
  • If you copy a conversation using the Copy All menu item and then pastes the conversation text, the pasted text now appears correctly as plain text, without any HTML tags.
  • Messaging notifications now show the number of senders and the number of conversations.
  • If you enter a message and start it with a standalone letter-for example, “R” or “r” for “are”-when the auto-correct feature expands the letter to a word, the word is correctly capitalized (“Are”).

Music

  • While listening to a song with album art displayed, you can tap the screen below the art to display a playback slider. Dragging the slider jumps forward or backward in the song.

Phone

  • If the you are on a call, calendar notifications no longer partially cover the End Call icon.

Screen & Lock

  • A new Secure Unlock preference allows you to set the time interval the phone is idle before the phone locks, requiring you to enter the PIN/password to unlock the phone. This can be the same as or different from the interval after which the screen turns off. To set the preference: OpenScreen & LockLock After.
  • If you select the Simple PIN Secure Unlock option, you can now enter a numeric PIN of more than four digits.
  • If you press power to turn off the screen, the screen locks at the same time. Previously, there was a gap of a few seconds before the screen locked.

Sounds & Ringtones

  • If you select a new ringtone and throw the card off the screen, the phone saves the new ringtone selection.
  • If you set the Ringer Switch Off setting to Mute and turn the ringer switch off at any time, the ringer is muted and the phone does not vibrate, regardless of any other Sounds & Ringtones settings.

System

  • The application information dialog box (accessed by pressing and holding the orange key/Optionand tapping an app icon) displays the total (uncompressed) size of the app, including the amount of storage the app requires. For apps you installed, this number represents the amount of memory you free up on the phone by deleting the app.
  • If you change the apps in Quick Launch, after a backup and partial erase, the new apps still appear in Quick Launch. Previously, Quick Launch reverted to the default apps.
  • You can access USB Drive mode by pressing and holding the orange key/OptionSymU after connecting the phone to the computer. This enables you to access USB drive mode if the screen is broken or stops responding to taps.
  • A new option is available for restarting the phone: press and hold powerPowerRestart. The prior restart method (Device InfoReset OptionsRestart) is still available.
  • You have two options for shutting down the phone completely: 1) press and hold powerPowerShut Down/Swap BatteryShut Down; 2) open Device InfoReset OptionsShut Down >Shut Down.

Tasks

  • If a task notification shows a single task, tapping the notification now opens the details screen for that task, not the task list screen.

Videos

  • Widescreen videos now display in widescreen mode on the phone by default, instead of being cropped.

Web

  • Backup now includes browser cookies, so that after a restart, for example, if you stored your username and password on a web-based email site, you can continue to access the site without needing to log in.
  • If you tap to play a YouTube video embedded on a web page, the YouTube application launches and the video plays in the app.

YouTube

  • Widescreen videos now display in widescreen mode on the phone by default, instead of being cropped.
  • If you tap to play a YouTube video embedded on a web page, the YouTube application launches and the video plays in the app.
  1. Faster?

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    1. I updated a couple hours ago and so far the overall speed feels the same.

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  2. Some apps have been modified to be much faster. Music and Photos for example.

    Most are about the same though.

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  3. Looks like they did a nice update with all those fixes. So is the Pre still on notice? :)

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  4. The Photos app is much faster. Other stuff seems about the same.

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  5. Jahan Khan Rashid Sunday, November 15, 2009

    If the pre is off notice then ill buy one unlocked!!

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  6. From Precentral:

    “The browser now actually scores on the acid3 benchmarking test, getting a whopping 77, up from its previous score of zero.

    The Web browser preferences screen now has an option to use a different default search engine, though Google is currently the only option.

    International dialing options are now in phone preferences.

    A new animation is displayed when the phone is powering down.

    Screen captures are only saved in the PNG format, as opposed to saving as both PNG and JPG.

    Layout of UI elements in Photos app has changed, and now appear at the bottom of the screen
    The Photos app is much snappier in general.

    New Sprint TV interface.

    Delete all option available in trash folder in email.

    *****WebOS 1.3.1 has laid the groundwork for video recording by including the Linux binaries needed to record video that is compatible with the stock media player”*****

    http://www.precentral.net/undocumented-webos-131-features

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  7. All great with the update 1.3.1 webos. My only concern is who the heck is having the server problem Sprint or Palm. I cant get my contacts back from the Palm Profile. Im not the only one from reading the forums. They need to fix this I need my Memos and Contacts real real soon.

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  8. I just got the Palm Pixi Sunday. How do you delete ringtones off of your list that you added?

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