Palm has released webOS 1.2, a new version of the system software for the Palm Pre. This brings a long list of new features, including support for paying for third-party software on the on-device App Catalog, greater support for cut-and-paste, and much more.
A few weeks ago, Palm, Inc. accidentally released an early version of webOS 1.2 to a few Pre users, so much of what’s in this version isn’t a surprise.
But some of the rumors appear to be incorrect — there’s no mention of bringing back support for syncing with Apple iTunes, for example. Palm and Apple have been involved in a dispute over this feature, and Apple has moved to block Palm’s smartphones from accessing its desktop media software.
LED notifications in the Gesture area are not included either.
So What Is Included?
Synergy has been updated to include support for LinkedIn. Info from LinkedIn profiles (like job titles) can now appear in the Palm Pre’s list of contacts.
webOS 1.2 adds the ability to copy text and images on web pages. The browser also allow users to download files and easily share images.
The music player can remember where it was in a podcast or audiobook if it is paused or interrupted.
In addition, the updated email software allows users to filter their emails and directly play WAV files sent to them.
One of the major changes is support for paid third-party applications. However, none of these have been added to the on-device App Catalog yet..
Quite a few bugs were fixes, as well. A list of all the changes in webOS 1.2 can be found in the Brighthand Forums.
Coming to a Pre Near You
This update is being pushed out to Palm Pre users now. It’s not clear yet if Palm will allow users to manually download it.
Unlike with Palm OS-based devices from this company, installing webOS 1.2 does not involve erasing everything on the smartphone.