webOS 1.4 will be released next Monday, according to information leaking out of Sprint. This will bring some new features to Palm’s latest smartphones. Among its enhancements will be support for the Adobe Flash player that will be released soon — possibly at the same time.
This new version will bring a number of long-awaited improvements, with support for recording video near the top of the list. Until now, users of the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus have been limited to using the camera only for pictures.
But the feature that has drawn the most attention is support for the Flash Player that will be available soon. Adobe has promised to release this app soon, which will allow users to watch streaming video, play games, and use websites that employ Flash for navigation.
An Overview of the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, and webOS
The Palm Pre and Pixi uses Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The Pre features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable touchscreen. This device is also equipped with Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
The Pixi can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. It has a tablet shape, with a 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel, capacitive touchscreen. The Pixi is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than the Pre.
Last month, Verizon released updated versions of these models. The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus offer twice as much storage capacity as their predecessors, as well as a few other changes.