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Palm webOS 1.3.5 Released, Full Changelog Now Online

Further to this morning's news, webOS 1.3.5 is now officially available for Sprint Palm users and the full changelog has been posted on Palm's support pages (Pixi here, Pre here). No GSM or Bell love yet, so far as your correspondent can discern. Thanks to Palm's use of a new compression method, it weighs in at a tiny 13mb and now has a new "unpacking" step when installing.

The most interesting fixes? Posted after the break, along with the Pre changelog.

  • The ridiculous app storage limit has been killed dead - apps are now stored on the USB drive.
  • You can now download multiple applications simultaneously from the App Catalog, and are not confined to the app listing while you wait for it to download.
  • The bizarro Messaging bug - where deleting an entire conversation at once would result in any future conversations with that contact disappearing forever from the main view of messaging like an out-of-phase Starfleet officer /gratuitous Trek reference - has been corrected.

Full Changelog

Version information

*Version: webOS 1.3.5
*Release date: 28 December 2009

New applications

NONE

App Catalog

  • App Catalog significantly improves the application download experience.
  • A user can now download multiple applications simultaneously.
  • Downloads continue in the background if the user moves away from the download screen.
  • A user can manually pause, resume, and cancel downloads.
  • A user can also download all available updates for the user's downloaded applications with a single tap.
  • App Catalog automatically resumes downloads in cases where a download was paused because it was interrupted—for example, if a user moves out of network coverage and then moves back into coverage.
  • Users can now take advantage of the full storage capacity of the phone for downloading applications. This gives the user more control over how to allocate the phone's storage space across applications, music, photos, and other media. Downloaded applications are now stored on the phone's USB drive.
  • App Catalog lists search results based on an improved search algorithm.
  • Locations from which users can purchase paid apps from App Catalog now include U.S. territories.

Calendar

  • In Day view, switching between days happens more quickly.

Date & Time

  • When the user has network time zone enabled, a city and country are no longer displayed.

Device Info

  • A user can perform a full erase by pressing and holding Sym + the orange/Option key + power for 10 seconds.

Email

  • A user can now edit forwarded text for all email account types.
  • When the user sets up more than one Yahoo! email account, the account names displayed in Account List view include the associated email address so that the user can distinguish them.
  • If an account mailbox is too full to send messages, after the user frees up space in the mailbox on the server, the user can send the messages successfully.

Messaging

  • If a user deletes a conversation with a contact, new conversations with that contact are now correctly displayed in Conversations view.

Screen & Lock

  • When the screen is locked, the time displays in a new font.

Sprint Navigation

  • A user can launch Sprint Navigation from an address in an open contact entry in Contacts.

System

  • Users can now take advantage of the full storage capacity of the phone for downloading applications. This gives the user more control over how to allocate the phone's storage space across applications, music, photos, and other media. Downloaded applications are now stored on the phone's USB drive.
  • This update improves battery life in areas of poor wireless network coverage.
  • If the user is working in an application that supports landscape mode (such as Web or Videos), notifications now appear at the bottom of the landscape screen.
  • After a user signs in to an existing Palm profile, applications the user installed from App Catalog are restored in the background. The user can use other features of the phone while the apps are being restored.
  • Swiping to delete a list item that contains a link no longer causes the link to open in the web browser.
  • This release includes improvements to help ensure consistent phone response to user actions, including times when the user is using multiple applications/features at the same time.

Updates

  • After taking the 1.3.5 update, users can download future updates over a 2G (1xRTT 1x title bar icon, GPRS 1x title bar icon, EDGE 1x title bar icon) data connection by opening Updates and tapping Download Now.

Web

  • The web browser now supports the display of animated GIFs.
  • Audio files with a .3g2 extension play correctly as audio files, not video files.

Security

This release includes a security fix to the dev portal. Credit to Kris Siegal for reporting the issue.

Individuals interested in contacting Palm to report suspected security issues can find more information at palm.com/security .

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Impressive Palm

LiveFaith @ 12/28/2009 6:51:17 PM # Q
Very impressive to see Palm bringing these kinds of updates in rapid succession. This shows a lot of attention for end users. Service after the sale. Kudos Palm.
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RE: Impressive Palm
SeldomVisitor @ 12/29/2009 4:00:06 AM # Q
It is nicer that Palm is releasing minor updates "regularly" rather than waiting for a more significant update. I think THIS update, however, got a little over-hyped.

RE: Impressive Palm
bhartman34 @ 12/30/2009 8:38:07 AM # Q
I don't really think this was over-hyped. Sure, it was eagerly anticipated, but the removal of the app limit alone sort of justifies that. The initial app limit was small enough that it was beginning to really limit people adding apps to their phones. Eliminating that problem is a big win.

Potentially, it's an even bigger win for developers. If a developer is just making his/her way to the App Catalog, and the app limit is still in place, that's potentially one less customer they can have for their app.

The WebGL improvements are also significant. Sure, WebOS doesn't seem like it supports WebGL right now, but at least there are the underpinnings of it. That's kind of a big deal.

About the only disappointment I could see with this update is that it doesn't include a video recording app. PreCorder has been available for a while now, so even if the people at Palm didn't want to invest the time into it, they could at least release PreCorder as-is in an update, or into the App Catalog. (Yes, I know there are reasons they wouldn't want to do this, but like I said, if I was looking for a reason to complain about this update, that's the best one I could think of.)

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Downloading Right Now

DarthRepublican @ 12/28/2009 7:00:13 PM # Q
The download seemed to take forever. It's "unpacking" now which also seems to take forever....
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Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX->Palm Pre
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680->T-Mobile G1->Palm Pre
http://mind-grapes.blogspot.com/
RE: Downloading Right Now
Gekko @ 12/28/2009 8:14:42 PM # Q

how hot does your Pre get during such long update downloads?


RE: Downloading Right Now
DarthRepublican @ 12/28/2009 8:28:04 PM # Q
And it took forever to install too. And now that my Pre is back up the Photo and Video apps took forever to load the first time but on subsequent launches they have loaded fairly quickly. (Perhaps they were being indexed - I have over 3,000 pictures on my phone - the first time?) Overall, the phone feels snappier than before which is always good but then again, the Pre always feels snappier when it has been freshly rebooted. I still haven't loaded a custom theme or any patches on my Pre yet and I will have to see what happens when I have been running my Pre day in and day out to see how this update has really effected my phone.

One thing that I have noticed is that the instability that webOS 1.3.1 introduced into the MotionApps Classic emulator appears to be gone. Classic hasn't crashed once in three times that I have run it but it is still very slow to start up and my phone remains fairly sluggish for a while closing Classic. This is disappointing as MotionApps claimed to have fixed the problem with Classic and couldn't release a fix until Palm updated webOS. Now webOS is fixed and Classic is half-fixed. It will be up to MotionApps to finish fixing their program.

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Palm Apologist
Shouting down the PIC Faithful Since 2009
Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX->Palm Pre
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680->T-Mobile G1->Palm Pre
http://mind-grapes.blogspot.com/

RE: Downloading Right Now
Tim Carroll @ 12/28/2009 8:34:35 PM # Q
Glad uber-unstable Classic is fixed - it was really starting to annoy me. (Right now, I have to revert to the PalmOS Calendar whenever I want to make an appointment set for a different timezone, since the webOS Calendar doesn't support them. Horrible when Classic crashed on open half the time)
RE: Downloading Right Now
DarthRepublican @ 12/28/2009 8:35:07 PM # Q
Gekko wrote:

how hot does your Pre get during such long update downloads?

Not hot at all. Certainly nowhere near as hot after it gets after an hour-long session of tethering to my laptop. I think that most of the actual "download" time is actually spent doing housekeeping in the background.
Palm Apologist
Shouting down the PIC Faithful Since 2009
Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX->Palm Pre
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680->T-Mobile G1->Palm Pre
http://mind-grapes.blogspot.com/

RE: Downloading Right Now
Gekko @ 12/28/2009 8:46:28 PM # Q

i was thinking predator time bomb self destruct hot.
RE: Downloading Right Now
Tim Carroll @ 12/28/2009 8:55:27 PM # Q
If it bleeds, we can kill it.
RE: Downloading Right Now
hkklife @ 12/29/2009 1:51:25 PM # Q
"Me too, mine's as big as a house!"

Timmay, for a young'un from down under, you seem remarkably savvy regarding America pop culture. I had no idea 1980s Hollywood had left such an indelible mark on YOUR childhood as well!
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->Verizon Moto Droid

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Gekko @ 12/29/2009 2:38:16 PM # Q
RE: Downloading Right Now
Tim Carroll @ 12/29/2009 5:43:26 PM # Q
Kris: I have my Dad to thank for that, who had no issues with letting his single-digit aged kids watch R-rated movies. Therefore the coolest movies to rent from the video shop were always the ultra-violent action flicks like Predator, Robocob, Commando (oh, Commando - Scwarzenegger's finest, IMO), Total Recall, Die Hard etc

To rant a bit: The 80s - early 90's were the Renaissance period for action movies. Nowadays plots are too formulaic (or go over-the-top purely because they can) and there's too much CGI fakery of stuff that used to be done with old-fashioned stunts and models - compare Die Hard 4 with the originals, for instance. The art of the action movie is dying out, and it's sad...

(Also, there's the fact that Australia's film industry is rather embarassingly pathetic, so Hollywood is our only real source for big-budget movies.)


RE: Downloading Right Now
nastebu @ 12/30/2009 5:14:40 AM # Q
Since we're ranting about action movies...

I do blame CGI. It's now quite normal for movies to go 10 minutes or more with no dialogue other than grunts or "watch out!" Instead of plot advancement it's just a thousand different permutations of explosions. Boring.

RE: Downloading Right Now
Gekko @ 12/30/2009 7:40:16 AM # Q

99% of what hollywood produces today is garbage. i'm boycotting them.
RE: Downloading Right Now
DarthRepublican @ 12/30/2009 8:08:41 AM # Q
Gekko wrote:

99% of what hollywood produces today is garbage. i'm boycotting them.

I watched Avatar the day after Christmas - awesome flick. And I watched District 9 on DVD recently - exciting and thought provoking.
Palm Apologist
Shouting down the PIC Faithful Since 2009
Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX->Palm Pre
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680->T-Mobile G1->Palm Pre
http://mind-grapes.blogspot.com/

RE: Downloading Right Now
SeldomVisitor @ 12/30/2009 8:33:50 AM # Q
> ...Avatar..awesome flick...District 9...exciting and thought provoking.

CGI rulz!

RE: Downloading Right Now
Gekko @ 12/30/2009 9:14:36 AM # Q
>the Pre always feels snappier when it has been freshly rebooted.

is synergy fatally flawed on the webOS and the Pre? is the architecture like an asthmatic trying to suck a golf ball through an already clogged garden hose while running a marathon?

RE: Downloading Right Now
bhartman34 @ 12/30/2009 9:34:41 AM # Q
is synergy fatally flawed on the webOS and the Pre? is the architecture like an asthmatic trying to suck a golf ball through an already clogged garden hose while running a marathon?

Not that I can tell. I've updated and re-installed most of my apps and patches, and it still seems much faster than before to me. The calendar's speed is snappier, and the phone app, in particular, is much faster. Under 1.3.1, launching the phone app was lethargic. Now, it's lightning fast. Now I can cancel a phone call before the phone started dialing, whereas before the app wasn't fast enough to launch the card before the phone dialed. I'm personally very glad for that improvement.

Now if they could just get WebGL and an official video recording app...

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1.3.5.1 Available

DarthRepublican @ 1/4/2010 6:36:26 PM # Q
I just saw on Twitter that the next version of webOS is out. Checking the Updates app shows that 1.3.5.1 is out now. I just finished uninstalling my theme and patches and I'm rebooting right now so I can install it.
Palm Apologist
Shouting down the PIC Faithful Since 2009
Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX->Palm Pre
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680->T-Mobile G1->Palm Pre
http://mind-grapes.blogspot.com/
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Flash

titanyium @ 1/6/2010 6:59:36 PM # Q
I cant wait for it to full support flash. considering all the apps you need for the phone use flash.
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