More handset tweaks but third party applications unlikely to take off before the end of summer.
The Palm Pre may yet to launch anywhere outside the US, but there’s something already rather Apple-esque about these handset developments…
First up Palm has issued another firmware update for the handset. webOS 1.0.3 is primarily fixes and tweaks which it defines as the following:
- Events created in your Google calendar-either in Calendar on your phone or in Google online-that contain a symbol or accented character in the event name can now synchronize. Previously, including a symbol or accented character in an event name prevented the event from synchronizing.
- Changes made to Google events on the phone now sync with Google online within a few minutes.
- The sync interval for Google events has been decreased from every few hours to every 15 minutes.
- If you create a weekday alarm on a weekend, the alarm sounds only on weekdays. Previously the alarm would sound on the weekend also.
- Changes made to Google contacts on the phone now sync with Google online within a few minutes.
- The sync interval for Google contacts has been decreased from every few hours to every 15 minutes.
- Power performance in areas where wireless coverage is sporadic or unavailable has been enhanced.
- Non-SSL Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) mail servers are now supported.
- Miscellaneous updates for Email, Phone, and other applications.
On top of this Palm has revealed close to 700,000 downloads have been made from the phone’s ‘App Catelog’. This number was reached in just 11 days and – even more remarkably – with just 30 apps currently available.
In fact, the only spot on the horizon for Palm is the confirmation that everyday developers will not be available to get their hands on the webOS SDK until “the end of this summer”. This rather vague time frame is well behind the near launch tie-in expected and means a flood of new apps won’t happen for some time.
“We’ve been working very hard on the SDK and are eager to open access on a wider scale, but the software and the developer services to support it just aren’t ready yet,” explained Palm developer community manager Chuq Von Rospach.
If you could synchronise the launch of the webOS SDK and the UK Palm Pre handset launch that’d be just dandy guys…