Mar 3, 2010

Palm Pre Gets Video Capture and Flash! Epic Win!

Yesterday I was minding my own business when my phone says, “Hey! You have a new update available!” This is fairly common, but this time I actually took a look at what was being updated. Among many other things, this update (WebOS 1.4.0) gives me video capture capabilities! Yes, video capture! Now if I need to take a quick video of something, I don’t have to lug around my Kodak ZI6, I can just take a quick and dirty video from my Palm Pre! When I am done I can upload it directly to Youtube or Facebook! One word… BOOM!

So I says back to my Palm Pre, “Hell yes I will update you brutha!” and promptly began the install. While updating I decided to take a quick tour around Google and see what people were saying. Well it turns out this update will also add support for the Adobe Flash 10.1 beta plug-in! The plugin will be available in the app catalog. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it iPhone users!

According to CNET, here is a list of the major changes:

  • Record, edit, and share video webos
  • Added a notification light that indicates new messages, appointments, and other notifications
  • E-mail, messaging, and calendar notification customizations by selecting new sounds
  • Capability to view, dial alternate contact numbers from the call log
  • Place calls directly from the messaging app
  • Call numbers from Web sites, e-mails, and messages by pressing and holding on number
  • Forward a text message to an e-mail address
  • Exchange contacts now shown through universal search
  • Calendar view now indicates a.m. or p.m.
  • Faster app loading and gesture response
  • Improved battery life

For a full list of features and changes, you can read check out the change log here: (WebOS 1.4.0 Changes)

Check out this video showcasing the new video feature:


Here is a quick video I captured with it as well:


If you want to see what Flash is going to bring to the Palm Pre check out this video from Adobe:


The update is available for both Sprint and Verizon customers, so hurry up and download it!

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