A much-anticipated system software upgrade for Palm’s latest smartphones has been released, bringing a number of enhancements, most notably support for video recording.
Verizon Wireless customers using the new Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are going to have to wait a bit longer for this upgrade.
Until now, users of the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus have been limited to using the built-in camera only for pictures. Not any longer; new software now allows video recording.
Users can also make small edits to their videos, and upload them to YouTube or Facebook, as well as e-mail them.
But that’s just the start. The LED in the gesture area now lights up and pulses to notify users when they have messages waiting.
In addition, Palm promises that webOS 1.4 brings improved performance in general, as well as a number of new ways of doing things that simplifies common tasks.
For example, the e-mail app now allows users to sort by date, sender, and subject, while the call log offers more options to connect to callers, such as via SMS.
Coming Soon: Flash
Although Palm isn’t making a big deal out of this today, webOS 1.4 brings support for a Flash Player that will be available in the near future. This app will allow users to watch streaming video, play games, and use websites that employ Flash for navigation.
However, Flash 10.0 will only be for the Pre series, not for the Palm Pixi models. And actually using Flash will require a player that Adobe will release in the near future.
Get It Now
webOS 1.4 is being pushed out to Palm Pre and Pixi users over the air now. In addition, those who wish can manually download it with the Updates app.
For details on this process, go to Palm’s support site.
Unlike with Palm OS-based devices from this company, installing webOS 1.4 does not involve erasing everything on the smartphone.