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Palm takes webOS 1.4 live with video capture [U]

updated 12:05 pm EST, Sat February 27, 2010

Palm gives webOS 1.4 to Sprint, O2, Movistar

(Update: more devices added) Palm as promised has launched webOS 1.4 for the first wave of phones. As shown in its CES keynote, the update centers on video recording and gives both the Pre and Pixi an iPhone-style interface for capturing video and trimming it once finished. Users can share video through obvious sources like MMS or YouTube but also Facebook and e-mail.

The software should have the framework for Flash 10.1 once it's ready and could make Palm's devices the first to support full in-browser Flash games and video.

Other improvements are subtler but still important and include a greatly improved notification system that will pulse the LED for notifications even when the phone is asleep. Palm now allows sorting e-mail by different criteria and much tighter integration between calling and messaging, such as the ability to dial a phone number in a calendar entry or chat as well as text messaging someone in a call list.

The update is available over-the-air as of today for Sprint as well as European subscribers to O2 and Movistar. Verizon and others that carry the Pre and Pixi will get the update "soon."

Update: As of Sunday morning, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus owners on Verizon can also download the 1.4 update.

by MacNN Staff



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