Palm is releasing a new version of the system software for the Palm Pre. webOS 1.3.1 brings additional support for synchronizing with Yahoo’s services, as well as a number of bug fixes and enhancements.
One of the main features of the webOS is the ability to pull information in from a number of online services and display this in the built-in applications. With previous versions of this operating system, users could get calendar events from Google and Facebook, and contacts info from Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
The new version of this OS adds support for synchronizing calendar and address book entries from Yahoo. Support for this company’s instant messaging service has also been added.
There are no new applications included in version 1.3.1, so the remaining changes are either small enhancements, policy changes, or bug fixes.
For example, when combining address book entries from multiple sources based on the name, entries are only combined only if the first name, last name, and suffix fields are identical.
When the user runs across a YouTube video embedded on a web page, tapping on it will launch the dedicated YouTube application.
Device backups now include browser cookies, but no longer save online account passwords.
With this new version of the webOS, users can set to set the time interval the phone is idle before it locks itself.
It’s now possible to forward and copy the text of an SMS or MMS.
Notably absent is the return of iTunes synchronization. This feature has been repeatedly added to Palm’s system software, and just as quickly blocked by Apple every time.
A full listing of the bug fixes and other changes can be found on Palm’s website.
Coming to a Pre and Pixi Near You
This update is being pushed out to Palm Pre users over the air now. Those who wish can manually download it.
webOS 1.3.1 will not be pre-installed on the Palm Pixi, which is launching tomorrow. New users will need to perform this upgrade themselves.
For details on this process, go to Palm’s support site.
Unlike with Palm OS-based devices from this company, installing webOS 1.3.1 does not involve erasing everything on the smartphone.