It is Thursday and that means it’s time for another Palm Press. Palm Press is our weekly look at the world of Palm. The webOS App Catalog is closing in on 1,000 apps. While this falls a little short of the number of apps in the iPhone App Store, it took so long that it’s good to see this milestone approach. The lack of apps has been a major shortcoming of webOS, and while there is still a huge shortage of them it is good to see the number of apps steadily climb.
Palm (s palm) is expected to update both the Pre and the Pixi next year, and it is looking like they will both be going to Verizon (s vz). The new models are being referred to as the Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus, showing a lack of imagination on someone’s part. Verizon has long contended they will be carrying a webOS device, and the CDMA network is the perfect fit for the existing handsets too. It will be interesting to see if Big Red puts up a big ad campaign for the Palm phones, as they did for the Droid.
Sales of the Pixi may not be as good as Palm was predicting, if a Chinese supplier is correct. Compal Communications has told Chinese news outlets that their fourth quarter shipments of Pixis to Palm have been reduced to 600,000 units from the forecast 800,000. That’s a healthy cut-back, so the Pixi must not be flying off the shelves.