webOS v1.1 Update Released

webos 1.1 update Palm has just released webOS version 1.1.0. The system update for the Palm Pre is available now, over the air via the built in Update application. The new build of webOS adds a few new features, builds out Exchange EAS support, includes a new NFL app, brings some bug fixes to existing apps and restores iTunes media synchronization with the latest version of iTunes (v8.2.1).

The update weighs in at 87MB. Palm's support documentation details the full release notes, which are also mirrored after the break.

Palm webOS 1.1.0 Update

Version information

  • Version: webOS 1.1.0
  • Release date: 23 July 2009
  • Configuration: Sprint 1.7

New applications

NFL Mobile Live from Sprint

  • Watch or listen to live NFL games right on your phone.

Feature changes to existing applications

Calendar

  • For Calendar accounts you create on your phone, the default reminder intervals are 15 minutes for timed events and one day for all-day events. A few notes:
    • This change applies only if software version 1.1 was on your phone when you bought it, or if you did a partial or full erase on your phone and signed in to your Palm profile again after updating to version 1.1. If you simply update your phone to software version 1.1, the default reminder intervals in Calendar do not change.
    • This change applies only to Calendar events you create on your phone, not to events that are synchronized to your phone from an online account.

Camera

  • The Photos application opens more quickly when launched from the camera.

Clock

  • Enhanced support for time zones in Clock.
  • When you set an alarm in Clock, an alarm icon appears in the notification area at the bottom of the screen. Tap the icon to display alarm details. Alarm details include the following:
    • If the alarm is set for the current day, the alarm time appears.
    • If the alarm is set for tomorrow, the alarm time and "Tomorrow" appear.
    • If the alarm is set for any day other than today or tomorrow, the day of the alarm appears.

Contacts

  • Friends added and deleted in Facebook on the web are now correctly added and deleted in the Facebook account in Contacts on the phone.
  • As soon as you create or makes changes to a Google contact on the phone, the phone begins a sync to reflect those changes in Google on the web.

Email

  • When you set up an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) email account, you can enter the mail server name as an IP address.
  • Support for self-signed certificates with multiple common names has been added.
  • When you reply to an email in HTML format using an EAS account, the formatting of the sender's original message is now retained in the reply.
  • Palm's EAS implementation now supports several Exchange ActiveSync Policies, including the following:
    • PIN/Password Required. IT administrators can ensure a password is assigned to the phone. Administrators can also specify the minimum length of the password.
    • Inactivity timeout. IT administrators can ensure that an inactive phone goes into a locked state after a certain time period. You cannot set a higher timeout interval for your phone, but you can set a shorter interval.
    • Remote Wipe. IT Administrators can remotely erase all data on a phone from their Exchange console. IT administrators can also have the device wipe itself if an incorrect password is entered more than a specified number of times.

Messaging

  • You can enter emoticons in new text, multimedia, and instant messages. Emoticons also display in incoming messages.
  • If you set the phone to use a 24-hour time format, the message times shown in a conversation appear in 24-hour time.
  • If you go into an IM account's preferences, all the options are available even if you are signed in to the account. You can tap Remove Account to delete the account, enter a new password to update the password, or tap Sign In to sign in with your updated password. Previously, you needed to sign out of the account before you could use these preferences.
  • When you delete an IM account, a message now appears asking you to confirm that you want to delete the account.

Phone

  • When multiple missed call notifications are displayed on the dashboard, the time of the most recent missed call is shown.
  • When you slide the ringer switch off, a bell icon with a slash is displayed. Previously, the icon was a speaker with a slash.
  • In Phone Preferences, the Show Contact Matches preference is now turned on by default. When typing on the keyboard in the phone app, the phone automatically displays both the numbers being entered and any contact matches for the characters entered.

System

  • Improved functionality of person reminders. A person reminder is a notification that you create in a contact entry. The notification appears when you have a call or exchange an email, text, multimedia, or IM message with a contact.
  • Resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (8.2.1).
  • When you enter a search term in Card view or the Launcher to perform a universal search, if you select the Wikipedia web search option, results are shown in the Wikipedia Mobile site instead of the Desktop site.

Web

  • You can now use symbols from the symbols table (Sym Sym key icon + key) when you enter text into a web page dialog box.
  • If you have a page open at a certain zoom level, leave the page, and use the onscreen Back Web Back button button or the back gesture to return to the page, the zoom level is restored right away.
  • A new gesture is now available that works the same as the onscreen Forward Web Forward button button. To move forward through open web pages, make a short swipe left to right in the gesture area.
  • When using the Wikipedia drop-down search feature in the address bar, results are shown in the Wikipedia Mobile site instead of the Desktop site.
  • When you tap a link, the link appears highlighted to indicate it has been activated, even if it takes a moment for the linked page to open.

YouTube

  • After you enter search text, you can tap the Search Search icon icon to perform a search. You still have the option of pressing Enter Enter key to perform the search.

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Nice

freakout @ 7/23/2009 5:43:15 PM # Q
I was hoping that they wouldn't let Apple cow them on the iTunes issue. Not out of any actual like for iTunes, but just the principle of the thing. Keep it up Palm.
RE: Nice
LiveFaith @ 7/23/2009 11:37:20 PM # Q
This thing with Apple is getting fun. Palm is actually getting interesting again. Maybe next they'll do an "iPhoney" skin for v1.11. I love it. C'mon AT&T, get WebOS to me and I'll sync it with iTunes even tho I don't use iTunes. :-)
Pat Horne
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Unloading Palm

Gekko @ 7/23/2009 5:47:28 PM # Q
Unloading Palm

In Thursday's "Sell Block" segment, Cramer said it's time to take profits and sell Palm (PALM Quote). He said there's only one king of the smartphone market, and that's Apple (AAPL Quote).

Cramer said when it comes to Apple versus Palm, you simply cannot compare the two companies. He said a few months ago that Palm's stock was left for dead, and was only saved by its introduction of its "Pre" smartphone. But now a month after the Pre's release, criticism is mounting, and rumors abound about high return rates for the device.

With Palm stock up a staggering 360% for the year, Cramer said the trade is over in Palm. He said ever since the introduction of the Pre, Palm's stock has been slipping, a trend that's likely to continue.

Cramer said Apple is the only stock to consider in the smartphone arena. The iPhone, with its iTunes and hugely successful app store, make it the king of the castle, said Cramer. Palm, he said, has run its course.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/10551499/2/cramers-mad-money-recap-take-some-profits-final.html

RE: Unloading Palm
abosco @ 7/23/2009 5:59:01 PM # M Q
Look at the volume numbers. Cramer is correct. It's time to unload, or better yet, short. Do you have the balls, Gekko?
RE: Unloading Palm
Gekko @ 7/23/2009 6:09:50 PM # Q

my investing philosophy since 1995 -

http://money.cnn.com/2001/08/29/investing/Zweig/


RE: Unloading Palm
freakout @ 7/23/2009 6:10:37 PM # Q
Sell now, before Pre is available on all the major US carriers? Before the full international release? Before the next webOS device is even out?

You'd be crazy, man. Palm's still at the bottom of a very, very long ladder. Nowhere to go but up.

RE: Unloading Palm
Gekko @ 7/23/2009 6:13:50 PM # Q

"Beware of acting on insights of the market that you think are yours alone. Millions of investors are likely to know something that you believe you are discovering." John Bogle
RE: Unloading Palm - VIDEO
Gekko @ 7/23/2009 6:25:07 PM # Q

here's the video -

http://www.cnbc.com/id/32111964

Sell Block: Palm's Post-Pre Problems
Posted By:Tom Brennan
Topics:Technology | Stock Market | Stock Picks
Sectors:Telecommunications | Technology
Companies:AT & T Inc | Sprint Nextel Corp | Apple Inc | Palm Inc

It's time to take profits on Palm, Cramer told viewers on Thursday. Investors who want a play on smartphones and the mobile Internet should buy Apple instead.

"Apple's the better company with the better product," the Mad Money host said.

Apple's [AAPL 157.69 0.95 (+0.61%) ] new iPhone 3GS launched barely two weeks after Palm's [PALM 14.139 -0.231 (-1.61%) ] much-hyped Pre and quickly stole the show. It took only three days for Steve Jobs' company to sell a million units. During this week's earnings report, Apple said it couldn't keep up with the demand for the sleek handset. Consumers love the operating system, the iTunes platform and the App store, it seems, making it all but impossible for Palm to measure up.

Official sales numbers for the Pre haven't yet been released, but Barclays said that demand tapered off in July. Complaints are rolling in about both the software platform and the hardware, and Jesup & Lamont put the return rate at as high as 40%. When you factor in that the Pre's carrier, Sprint [S 4.66 -0.12 (-2.51%) ], lacks the marketing muscle of AT&T [T 25.48 0.64 (+2.58%) ], the iPhone's carrier and marketing is crucial in this business there seems little reason to continue holding onto Palm. After all, the Pre was supposed to be this company's future, and that future is looking rather dim right now.

With the iPhone, the still-popular iPod and a computer business that is "exceeding expectations despite the slowdown," Cramer said, Apple is the stock to buy. He thinks AAPL could reach $200 in the next few months.

As for Palm, Cramer put that company in the Sell Block.

RE: Unloading Palm
freakout @ 7/23/2009 6:45:07 PM # Q
Watching the video convinces me that anyone who took financial advice from that drongo deserves to be parted with their money. Isn't this the same guy that Jon Stewart called out for advising that hedge funds spread false rumours about products to drive down stock prices?

Google search says yes!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8ns1x_jon-stewart-interviews-jim-cramer_news

RE: Unloading Palm
abosco @ 7/23/2009 6:47:46 PM # Q
Gekko wrote:

my investing philosophy since 1995 -

http://money.cnn.com/2001/08/29/investing/Zweig/

Sissy. Short Palm. (Maybe I should post this on Yahoo message boards in order to get SV to do it?)

-Bosco
m105 -> NX70v -> NX80v -> iPhone -> iPhone 3G

RE: Unloading Palm
nastebu @ 7/23/2009 8:51:48 PM # Q
The thing is, the Palm vs. Apple comparison is still silly. Palm isn't going to come anywhere near iPhone numbers (or Blackberry), but they don't have to. The real question is who is going to emerge in third place, and I'd say Palm is a good bet.

Yes, the stock is up a lot over pre-Pre prices, but back then Palm was teetering on the brink of disintegration. The company still might tank, but it seems more likely to start easing back into profitability.

RE: Unloading Palm
SeldomVisitor @ 7/24/2009 4:18:59 AM # Q
> ..Isn't this the same guy that Jon Stewart called out for advising
> that hedge funds spread false rumours about products to drive
> down stock prices?...

Jon Stewart (Who's he? Is he someone I give a flying **** about?) is naive.

Hedge funds spread false rumors about products/companies to drive stock prices any direction they want.

http://tinyurl.com/infamouscramervideo

RE: Unloading Palm
freakout @ 7/24/2009 4:33:42 AM # Q
^^ And that makes it ethical?
RE: Unloading Palm
rmhurdman @ 7/24/2009 5:18:39 AM # Q
Cramer is full of crap. That's been established (but not by Jon Stewart).

On the other hand, I would agree with shorting Palm for one reason: they are deliberately picking a fight with Apple. Apple is not afraid to set their lawyers loose and Palm is practically begging for it. Do they have the cash to survive a protracted legal battle? Apple has over $30 billion in the bank.

Palm should grow up and just licence iTunes sync or find a better solution.

RE: Unloading Palm
SeldomVisitor @ 7/24/2009 6:16:52 AM # Q
> ...Palm should grow up and just licence iTunes sync or find a better solution.

Indeed - this situation is...strange.

[but Apple's apparent methods for protecting from other folks syncing iTunes as an Apple device REALLY appear to be DUHmb - this time using a USB Vendor ID or something like that?]

RE: Unloading Palm
tmd @ 7/24/2009 9:18:59 AM # Q
Palm has told Apple that they have lawyers and patents, too. Apple has clearly decided they don't want to go to war with Palm over patents.

The iTunes sync is as much gamesmanship as anything, there does not appear to be a legal route towards stopping Palm, otherwise Apple would have leapt on it already.

I am not sure the Pre will win third place, but I think there is still money to be made, especially because I suspect that at any sign of a major misstep and Palm will be bought out quickly.

RE: Unloading Palm
SeldomVisitor @ 7/24/2009 9:20:35 AM # Q
> ...Palm will be bought out quickly...

Not at a minimum price of $3 billion if NO premium is paid over the current price, it won't!

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Most updates ever

anika200 @ 7/23/2009 6:23:27 PM # Q
This has to be the most updates palm has ever issued for one of its OS. Go Palm. Can any palm history buffs verify this for me. Did Palm ever issue updates without a new device?
RE: Most updates ever
LiveFaith @ 7/24/2009 12:07:11 PM # Q
Yep, no doubt. I heard that Ruby was bringing Cobalt 6.2 on board for the low end this fall. Should get interesting folks. :-D
Pat Horne
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Vaporware

twrock @ 7/23/2009 6:27:12 PM # Q
Vaporware. It doesn't really exist. Everyone knows that Palm doesn't upgrade the software in their devices.

Hey Palm! Where's my PDA with Wifi and phone capabilities?
RE: Vaporware
jca666us @ 7/24/2009 4:38:46 AM # Q
a 1.1 update a month and a half out isn't all that.

Let's see Palm release a 2.x update a year from now, or a 3.x update two years from now for the Pre .

Then I'd agree that the company has turned around.

RE: Vaporware
twrock @ 7/24/2009 5:50:12 AM # Q
And when that happens, you'll conveniently move the target again.

Hey Palm! Where's my PDA with Wifi and phone capabilities?
RE: Vaporware
LiveFaith @ 7/24/2009 12:08:56 PM # Q
** Then I'd agree that the company has turned around. **

Saved for next year. If you haven't changed screen names, then we'll bring it out and wait for you to go loooong baby!
Pat Horne

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