Palm WebOS 1.3.5 Update – The Best One Yet?

Palm WebOS 1.3.5 was released yesterday, and so far my results have been stellar. I was a bit concerned at first, when at first my Pre had slowed down significant and was exhibiting worse lag than with 1.3.1. An hour or so later, however, and perhaps following some system cleanup routines, things were much improved. I do believe my Pre is faster today than it’s ever been, in opening apps, scrolling in the Launcher and elsewhere, and within applications.

In addition, Bluetooth is now working with my Infiniti G37. Before, it wouldn’t connect unless Bluetooth was restarted, and it wouldn’t disconnect when the car was turned off. If this issue is indeed resolved, it will mean the end of my only real frustration with the Pre. Spoke too soon. Bluetooth is not fixed with my Infiniti. Very frustrating, and hoping that Palm fixes it in the next update.

Palm is making progress still, and that’s encouraging. The Palm WebOS 1.3.5 update added some other things of interest, including some OpenGL libraries that may hint at GPU-enabled games and applications in the near future. If so, then Palm’s upcoming press conference at CES on January 7 might be even more exciting that at first suspected. More on that later.

Palm’s official changelog for 1.3.5 is as follows:

Version information

  • Version: webOS 1.3.5
  • Release date: 28 December 2009

New applications

NONE

Feature changes to existing applications

App Catalog

  • App Catalog significantly improves the application download experience.
  • A user can now download multiple applications simultaneously.
  • Downloads continue in the background if the user moves away from the download screen.
  • A user can manually pause, resume, and cancel downloads.
  • A user can also download all available updates for the user’s downloaded applications with a single tap.
  • App Catalog automatically resumes downloads in cases where a download was paused because it was interrupted—for example, if a user moves out of network coverage and then moves back into coverage.
  • Users can now take advantage of the full storage capacity of the phone for downloading applications. This gives the user more control over how to allocate the phone’s storage space across applications, music, photos, and other media. Downloaded applications are now stored on the phone’s USB drive.
  • App Catalog lists search results based on an improved search algorithm.
  • Locations from which users can purchase paid apps from App Catalog now include U.S. territories.

Calendar

  • In Day view, switching between days happens more quickly.

Date & Time

  • When the user has network time zone enabled, a city and country are no longer displayed.

Device Info

  • A user can perform a full erase by pressing and holding Sym + the orange/Option key + power for 10 seconds.

Email

  • A user can now edit forwarded text for all email account types.
  • When the user sets up more than one Yahoo! email account, the account names displayed in Account List view include the associated email address so that the user can distinguish them.
  • If an account mailbox is too full to send messages, after the user frees up space in the mailbox on the server, the user can send the messages successfully.
  • The default email signature no longer includes the macron over the “e” in “Pre,” so that the product name shows correctly on a recipient’s phone.

Messaging

  • If a user deletes a conversation with a contact, new conversations with that contact are now correctly displayed in Conversations view.

Screen & Lock

  • When the screen is locked, the time displays in a new font.

Sprint Navigation

  • A user can launch Sprint Navigation from an address in an open contact entry in Contacts.

System

  • Users can now take advantage of the full storage capacity of the phone for downloading applications. This gives the user more control over how to allocate the phone’s storage space across applications, music, photos, and other media. Downloaded applications are now stored on the phone’s USB drive.
  • This update improves battery life in areas of poor wireless network coverage.
  • If the user is working in an application that supports landscape mode (such as Web or Videos), notifications now appear at the bottom of the landscape screen.
  • After a user signs in to an existing Palm profile, applications the user installed from App Catalog are restored in the background. The user can use other features of the phone while the apps are being restored.
  • Swiping to delete a list item that contains a link no longer causes the link to open in the web browser.

Updates

  • After taking the 1.3.5 update, users can download future updates over a 2G (1xRTT, GPRS, EDGE) data connection by opening Updates and tapping Download Now.

Web

  • The web browser now supports the display of animated GIFs.
  • Audio files with a .3g2 extension play correctly as audio files, not video files.

Security

This release includes a security fix to the dev portal. Credit to Kris Siegal for reporting the issue.

Individuals interested in contacting Palm to report suspected security issues can find more information at palm.com/security .

webOS 1.3.1

Version information

  • Version: webOS 1.3.1
  • Release date: 13 November 2009

New applications

NONE

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