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Palm Pre Gets Immediate Software Update

Gordon Kelly


Palm Pre Gets Immediate Software Update

Apple isn't the only one which can dole out the new firmware...

Palm has already updated the Pre following its 6 June US launch. Version 1.0.2 - a zero day 67MB patch - was quickly pushed to users over the air (OTA) and is said to improve overall system stability (don't they always?) and tweak a number of the native apps, including a new alarm clock.

Quite what more serious issues v1.0.2 corrected (but Palm didn't want to mention) remain a mystery though a minority of customers have reported various problems including WebOS crashes and intermittent loss of user data. This sounds par for the course to us for a new handset and, in particular, a new mobile OS - especially one as ambitious as WebOS.

In related news US carrier Sprint is reporting 50,000 Pres were sold during the opening weekend, a long way sort of the circa 150k Apple first generation iPhones but 1. The cult of Apple knows no boundaries (rightly or wrongly) and 2. Palm says stock shortages severely impacted potential sales, which seems reasonable to us.

In short, the Palm Pre continues to intrigue after making some very strong First Impressions. Let's get it over here ASAP guys...


Sales via The WSJ


June 9, 2009, 5:25 am

Seems a real oversight on Palms part to have a shortage on day 1. They may try to spin this, but it just seems like they've lost a lot of potential sales. And now the new iPhone is out, some people will be thinking twice about waiting for shops to get more Pre stock. They've got one big chance to get a jump on Apple and get back into the game, and not having enough stock isn't the right way to go about things. It's not a Wii.

Wonder how they'll react to the iPhone price drop. Hopefully it'll be cheaper when it launches here than it would've otherwise.


June 9, 2009, 8:45 am

"Quite what more serious issues..."? How about "Quite like that what but more serious consequences quite more that what..."?


June 9, 2009, 8:11 pm

Its amazing the difference Apples hype makes. This is an interesting article on and about the launch of the Palm Pre, the only phone that could possibly match or possibly beat the iPhone (Proud Android G1 owner here as well!) and barely anyone is actually commenting or seemingly reading this.

The two Apple articles over the past day get nearly 50 comments each, the two pre articles have about 8 between them (inlcuding this one I'm typing!). Its crazy how polarizing Apple can be. I'm starting to think that the Pre won't succeed if only because not enough people know about it.

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