Well, well. The Apple App Store has been the target, lately, of many negative postings by all sorts of people, including myself. Things like app removal, speed of approving apps, banning apps, etc. Apple has taken quite a black eye over these types of postings. Well, this is not going to be one of those postings. I mention it only as a reference point.
A few days ago, a leaked build of WebOS was discovered out ‘in the wild’, so to speak. There is a tool, from Palm, that will restore your Pre to its pristine factory state. The tool can be downloaded from Palm. Apparently, a version of the tool contained a build of the un-released webOS 1.2. Naturally, the Palm Pre fankids, myself included, have been pouring over every little detail that has come out about the new release. I swear, it’s like reading about the iPhone kids all over again.
Anyway, among the new features are enhanced cut/copy/paste in the browser (hey, at least we Pre fans did not have to wait TWO years to get it), another use for the LED’s in the gesture area and…remote app removal. WHAT?
Yep, that’s right. Palm has joined the ranks of Apple and Amazon. One other enhancement to webOS 1.2 is the ability to purchase apps from the App Catalog (which is now up to a whopping FIFTY applications.) Along with the ability to purchase those apps, Palm has a means to take them away. Presumably, this is in case there is a severe enough problem with an app, an app is found to do something against Palm or Sprint’s terms of service, etc. If you bought the app, you get a refund. Oh, they will at least tell you "Palm had to delete this application from the App Catalog and your device. If you paid for this app, your money will be refunded." Nice.
I suppose they have to do this. I’m not very happy about it, but, that is the world in which we live.
There’s no official word, yet, as to when this release will be available for real, but I suspect it is imminent. Supposedly, paid applications will debut this month, so I’m guessing sometime in the next week or two, the upgrade will be available. Still no video recording, but the upgrade will cause problems for anyone who has used third party products to tweak the device. The tweaks need to be removed prior to upgrading. Once the upgrade is out, those people have three days to remove the tweaks before the upgrade is downloaded and installed automatically.