A quiet Palm releases WebOS update

New update expands e-mail and messaging capabilities

Palm has stayed very quiet since its releases of the Palm Pre and Pixi devices this summer, which debuted the WebOS that was at one point seen as a key rival to Apple's iPhone. Other than back-and-forth fights with Apple on the WebOS's ability to sync to iTunes, which Apple has repeatedly disabled, and an announcement that the WebOS SDK would finally be opened up to rank-and-file developers in December, Palm has declined to talk.

But it did release over the weekend the WebOS 1.3.1 update. Key changes include:

[ Stay up on tech news and reviews from your smartphone at infoworldmobile.com. | Keep up with mobile developments at InfoWorld's Mobile Edge blog.  | See which smartphone is right for you in our mobile "deathmatch" calculator. ]

  • If you have multiple e-mail acounts from the same service (such as Gmail or Yahoo), the e-mail address for each displays so you can tell the accounts from each other; also if you have mulltiple Exchange accounts, global address book contacts are now searched across all accounts.
  • If your Exchange server requires a simple PIN password, you can now enter PINs longer than four digits; you can also use complex passwords in Exchange 2003 even if the server doesn't request such strong passwords.
  • Device backups now retain installed browser cookies.
  • Calendar and contacts sync options now include Yahoo accounts; Yahoo instant messaging is also now supported.
  • Forwarded e-mail messages now include the original sender's e-mail address and correct in-line display of images.
  • The manual e-mail setup options now include support for Google and Yahoo business accounts.
  • The smartphone can now be set to require an unlock password after a user-specified period.
  • Text and multimedia messages can now be forwarded, and the text in a text or multimedia message can now be copied.

There are also a host of bug fixes, such as the WebOS no longer copying the HTML tags along with the text from copied conversations and the WebOS now showing the correct storage space left after deleting a music file. Palm has published a list of the latest changes at its Web site.

This story, "A quiet Palm releases WebOS update," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in mobile computing and WebOS at InfoWorld.com.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags PalmwebOSPalm Presmartphones

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Galen Gruman

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?