The Competition: Palm webOS 1.3.5 Brings Speed, not iTunes Hackery

So according to sibling site,, Palm is now updating all proud Pre and Pixi devices to webOS 1.3.5, but among the list of features we can't help but notice...:

  • App limit fixed.
  • App Catalog downloads continue even after leaving the app's page.
  • App purchases have been expanded to US territories (sorry Europe, Canada, etc).
  • Switching between days in Calendar is now faster.
  • Sprint Navigation can be launched from a Contact.
  • Palm Profile app restores happen in the background, letting the user get to the phone faster.
  • Future webOS updates can be downloaded over 2G wireless (1xRTT).
  • Notifications now work in landscape mode (which has strangely lost the rounded corners).

...the utter lack of iTunes sync hackery. Congrats Palm! Here's hoping you can enjoy some OpenGL gaming in the near future, and a Verizon launch asap.

What, wait, they're getting on Verizon before the iPhone?! And another update while we still wait for iPhone 3.2 iPhone 4.0!

(I know Palm -- and Dieter! -- did this deliberately just to mess with us during the Smartphone Round Robin!)

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Rene Ritchie

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The Competition: Palm webOS 1.3.5 Brings Speed, not iTunes Hackery


I hope Palm has given up on the whole iTunes syncing thing. It was really embarrassing to see such a big company act like some pathetic leech, that can't make anything for themselves.
That kind of behavior should have been below Palm in the first place and I hope it is now, as it kind of took the focus off WebOS and how great an OS it is and only made Palm look weak.

Being able to sync was fine but was not a selling point to me for the WebOs platform. There are several alternatives which can be used, it doesn't really matter if they have or don't have sync.
I want them to just keep focusing on the business side and app intergration with things in the cloud or desktop. It is a promising OS and I hope they stay focused on that.

Forget business functionality. The key to an explosion of sales is to focus on the consumer market. Palm needs to first get this battery life thing under control..5-6% depletion per hour is ridiculous. Next, implementing the GPU without affecting battery life to turbo-charge the UI is a must.
the moves they've made with devs (making developing easy, and offering a side-loading option, and embracing homebrew ) are steps in the right direction but there's also a multitude of smaller things: like why do I have to slide out my keyboard just to open a link in a new card? Can't I just tap and hold? Sh*t like that...

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