Updating os on palm pixi
From the looks of things, the Pixi is positioned to step into the role of the "cheap and cute" smartphone once firmly controlled by the company's previous (and now discontinued) Palm OS offering.Of course, the landscape in 2009 is very different from the landscape of 2007, with fierce competition -- both from outside as well as the company's own sister product.
Still, if you got a Pixi, look for the over-the-air warning lights to go on. When the time comes (indeed, the time comes) you'll need to download it from HP's website not your computer and install it via USB.And maybe that will be the point when we discover the joys of running a new OS on an underpowered handset for ourselves! Mitchell wrote in to let us know that HP pulled the web OS 2.0 SDKs and are "actively encouraging" devs to stick with 1.4.5 for the Pre Plus. The general size and shape certainly calls forth memories of the Centro, but while the previous version was chunky and playful, the Pixi comes off more like its distant cousin... The plastic device is light, but doesn't feel cheap at all, and Palm has smartly chosen the materials; the front is done in a piano black, high-gloss coat, while the standard back is soft-touch material.The candybar phone has rounded edges much like the Pre, though the width of the Pixi tapers slightly towards the bottom, giving it a sculpted, continuous feel.As HP puts it, "After the expiration of the certificate on July 23, 2013 the user will need to set the system time back to a date prior to July 23, 2013 and follow the same procedure outlined above to update the certificate." To get around the activation issue, HP will allow devices to go through the "first use" with a bad certificate, and then update from there.
In the four years since web OS was released, the failures, buyouts, and drama that ensued have brought us to this point: the devices are no longer sold, the company has been split up between LG and HP, and web OS is only used by a dwindling number of enthusiasts and people trapped by two-year contracts.
Has your Pixi Plus been screaming for a new firmware?
We won't lie: we did feel a little put out when our pal Jon Rubinstein told us that web OS 2.0 wouldn't be coming to the Palm Pre Plus -- something about the older hardware not having the necessary "oomph" to handle the new OS. According to a rep from O2 Germany (as espied on the company's support forums) HP will make with the new operating system at some point in the near future -- just not as an over-the-air update.
It measures just 0.43-inches thick -- that's thinner than the i Phone (for those keeping count).
As you probably know, you can also pick up Palm's "artist series" of interchangable backs, three of which will be available for pre-order (but not purchase -- they'll be available early December) on the day the Pixi launches.
Can the Pixi find a place in the smartphone race, or does it do too little to distance itself from the pack?