New Palm WebOS 1.2 Features Found

Posted: Sep 6 2009, 1:00pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:07pm CDT, in Mobile Phones


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It appears that Palm's latest version of webOS has leaked, and now the bloggers have descended upon it to pick out every last scrap of useful information. Boy Genius states that several new features of webOS 1.2 have already been uncovered, chief among them being support for paid applications. The Pre's app selection is notoriously weak, so allowing developers to submit paid apps is a very necessary step.

Unfortunately, Palm's app process appears to be following in the footsteps of Apple a little too closely. Buried within the code for 1.2 is the sentence, “Palm had to delete this application from the App Catalog and your device. If you paid for this app, your money will be refunded.”

If you find that a little worrisome, you're not alone. It's understandable that Palm would want the ability to remove any and all apps that they find breaking copyright law or policy, but it's also understandable that you might not want to give them that power over your phone. That line was found in the apprevokedalert_scene.html file, and you can expect private webOS users to find a way to disable it in pretty short order. Outside of those two features, Boy Genius has also managed to find a 'select all' option in the edit menu, as well as “improved browser functionality”, and “find as you type” support for email. On the whole, 1.2 is shaping up to be a solid update. Whether or not it is coming soon enough to save the Pre's app market from dying a premature death remains to be seen.

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