blackberry · blackberry os · rim · tour · verizon

BlackBerry OS 5.0 Release for Verizon Edition Tour

Alongside the Motorola Droid 2.1 software update, BoyGeniusReport.com is also running an article that Verizon and RIM have rolled out BlackBerry OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630.

According to the data sheet posted on the Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Tour support website, the key enhancements in BlackBerry OS 5.0 include:

  • Smoother operation in the Camera and video applications
  • Improved Bluetooth functionality for last number dialed
  • Enhancements for English and French voice activated dialing
  • Improved functionality in the SMS messaging application
  • Added Push To Talk

For the full list of features, visit the Verizon website.

[Via BoyGeniusReport.com…]

android · google · motorola · verizon

Moto Droid 2.1 Update: Is it Out?

“Is it or isn’t it available yet?”, that seems to be the question that Verizon Moto Droid customers are asking.

According to a post earlier this week on BoyGeniusReport.com, the update is available as an over the air update. If you go to the Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid support page, you see a message that the update is “coming soon.”

On the Droid unit we have in the office, the update wasn’t showing as being available. My advice: check back often if you are a software update junkie.

apps · mobile apps 360 · web os

pReader for WebOS – Unlock Your eReader Books

Do you have a new webOS Palm Pre or Pixi? Do you have eReader or Fictionwise account with a lot of ebooks that you can’t read on your new phone? Problem solved! Enter pReader for webOS devices.

pReader, currently at version 0.8.3, is a free third-party application, written by MHWsoft, that allows you to read a number of popular ebook formats. pReader supports plain-text, HTML, PalmDOC, MobiPocket, eReader, ePub, and Amazon AZW files. That’s a lot of ebook formats for an application that doesn’t cost you a dime.

Getting started with pReader is easy. First you download and install the application from Palm’s App Catalog. (Search for ‘preader’.) Next, connect your Pre or Pixi to your computer, and put the phone into USB mode. In my Pre’s storage space, I created a new folder called “pReader eBooks” and copied some of my old eReader Pro ebooks into that folder. Lastly, unmout your webOS phone and that start up pReader.

When you start pReader, tap the Add Book To Library button, select your book, and then, if you have a DRM encrypted ebook like those sold by eReader.com, enter your unlock information, and then the book becomes available for reading.

With pReader, you have a free way to read your ebooks without having to purchase MotionApps Classic which, in my opinion, is a little bit on the expensive side.

For more details, check the pReader description page.

homebrew · pixi · pre · web os

Palm: Don’t Overclock Your Phone

PreCentral.net has posted an official statement from Palm on the webOS hacker community’s attempt to speed up their phones running webOS.

In the brief statement posted on the PreCentral.net website, Palm writes:

“We have had a number of questions about the recently released “overclocking” patches and what Palm’s position on them are.

Palm is working hard to improve the speed and performance of webOS, as shown in our recent 1.4 update. While we appreciate the effort the webOS community has put forth to try and help us along that path, the use of this application is neither endorsed nor recommended by Palm and will likely result in a voided warranty. Palm encourages webOS users to let Palm release official updates that provide safe, reliable, over-the-air features that improve their device in a number of areas, as we have in the past at a rate of approximately once per month.”

There you have it, folks. Overclock your Palm Pre or Pixi at your own risk! If you you overclock your phone, and you end up getting burned, Palm is going to charge you to repair or replace your phone.

You can read the full article on the PreCentral website.

[Via PreCentral.net…]

pre · web os

Time to Reboot My Palm Pre

Earlier today I received the dreaded webOS “too many cards open” error message and was forced to reboot my Sprint edition Palm Pre smart(er)phone.

The funny thing about the error was that I didn’t have any cards open at the time. I know that Palm is working on fixing mutlitasking issues with webOS and that is a good think. But I still don’t have to like rebooting. Besides, it takes forever, doesn’t it?

The answer to that question is, “Not really.” I waited with my finger poised hovering over the Restart button waiting for the clock on my phone to advance to the next minute. When I saw the time rollover, I jabbed at the Restart button an let webOS do it’s thing.

It turns out that “forever” is really about 3 minutes. Not took bad, and certain less than forever. I know it can seem like forever when you are waiting for the the phone to close up shop, reboot, and reload everything. Sorta like a watched pot will never boil kind of thing.

Fortunately for me, I don’t get the too many cards error message on my Pre. Maybe it’s because I don’t load too many third-party apps on my Pre. Na. Maybe it’s because I don’t keep a lot of cards open all the time. Na. I’m not sure, really, why I don’t get the error message as often as some people report. It probably really does relate back to how we all use our phones and how webOS handles multi-tasking and background tasks. Then again, I’m not a software developer, so I can’t say for sure.

Anyway, the time to bet is 3 minutes to reboot a Palm Pre smartphone. I’ll have to reboot my 8GB 2G (first generation) Apple iPhone and see how long it takes to start up. Could be interesting.

pixi · pre · sprint · verizon · web os

Sprint Only: webOS Yahoo IM

I just found out from a reliable source that only Sprint edition webOS devices, namely the Palm Pre and Pixi, are the only webOS devices that can use Yahoo IM from inside the Palm Messaging application.

No reason was given as to why there is a difference between the Sprint and Verizon webOS phones – only that Sprint phones can and Verizon phones can’t.

Go figure.