Telefonica (O2/MoviStar) has approved Palm’s latest update. We expect they found some bugs that are on the american 220.127.116.11. The update will be installed automatically over the air. The 15 MB update brings Tethering via Bluetooth and 3D graphics acceleration to European Palm Pre’s, thus allowing us eventually to play Doom, Quake and Need For Speed.
The update features:
installation of apps to the media partition, thus allowing to use up to 7GB for applications
simultaneous installation of apps from the AppCatalog
Downloads can be paused and resumed
improved support for prepaid SIMs
improved battery runtime
support for animated GIFs
We are still waiting for a full changelog from Palm for this update.
Before updating: don’t forget to use the “Emergency Patch Recovery” (EPR) tool, if you installed patches via PreWare. The EPR tool can be found in PreWare under Available Packages -> Linux Applications -> All -> Emergency Patch Recovery
According to a posting to the german Nexave forums the european Palm Pre 1.3.1 update (for GSM phones) will be released on monday November 23, 2009. The update does not seem to include activation of the GPU.
We recommend to remove custom installed homebrew patches.
Synergy: – Calendar and Contacts synchronization with Yahoo!
LinkedIn contacts synchronization
Synchronizes Google Contacts “My Contacts” (not all)
Manual edit of Internet settings (APN, user name, password, etc.)
Option to disable all data connections
Bluetooth support to send / receive vCards
Backup and restore:
No backup of passwords for increased security
Disabling of backup service works
Backup Browser Favorites
iTunes support from version 9.x
Available space is immediately updated and displayed when in USB mass storage mode data is added or removed
Manual e-mail retrieval works
SMS / MMS forwarding, and marking of all communications
Highlight / copy of selected areas of SMS and IM messages
Browser: File download in browser
Highlight / copy of text in the browser
Support for Self-Signed Certificates
System volume was optimized
Optimization of the audible during an incoming call when another call is active
AppCatalog: Recommendation for Apps can be forwared via email or SMS
Country-Specific Application Offers
Initial Registration: password input is now a part of the recovery (because passwords will no longer be backed up) and now entering a security question and answer in the account creation is mandatory. SIM card PIN is requested during the registration process.
A video appeared showing that SIM locked Palm Pre’s from the UK seems to have been unlocked using a proxy SIM solution called RebelSIM. There is no further detailed information about if this is a safe unlock like with the proxy SIMs for the first gen iPhones or i RebelSIM cards use IMSI fake IDs.
In general we suppose to be cautious with proxy SIM solutions. Why? Basically it’s the same with the proxy SIM cards for iPhones (read here).
A software unlock – meaning a binary code modification of the baseband – is almost always the better solution from a technical point of view, but it on the way to being able to patch the baseband many other issues can occur.
So for people who are desperate for a Palm Pre: get yourself the german factory unlocked version and learn to live with a QWERTZ keyboard. It much less hassle imho.
As of now the only factory unlocked Palm Pre’s are being sold here in Germany. German Palm Pre’s are of course being sold with a germany QWERTZ keyboard. Anyway some international customers prefer the international QWERTY keyboard.
Now rumors in spanish forums have surfaced that the spanish GSM based Palm Pre sold by and locked to the MoviStar carrier have been unlocked. As of now we have no confirmation, if that is true or a hoax.