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2008-02-04 - 17:22:51 - by AlisonW - Topic: Tech: Apps | Convergence | Fail | Gadgets | Mobile | Smartphone |

I have a Palm Pre mobile 'phone'. As soon as it was announced I knew I wanted it – not only because it wasn't tied down like an Apple iPhone is, or like Android phones are – because Palm was a brand I've used and supported for many years and their new WebOS (based on Linux) seemed to offer many great things those other two didn't.

But now, after patiently waiting for an upgrade from the WebOS 1.4.5 which arrived almost a year ago I now read on the (HP) Palm Developer Center Blog that

"First off, the decision not to release webOS 2.0 for the Pre and Pixi was incredibly tough, knowing that we couldn't deliver the latest and greatest to people that supported webOS from the very beginning. But, it was a decision that had to be made and we hope our plans for the next generation of webOS will provide the best platform for everyone moving forward."

Now I'm one of those rapidly disappearing people, a Palm Pre user in the UK on the O2 network. But not only have O2 stopped making the – now HP – Pre available here or supplying add-ons, it seems nobody else is either! And this is a piece of kit I bought when it was first released here in October 2009, so not that much over a year.

I was a Palm Pilot user (and later Handspring) and waited semi-patiently for the release date for the Pre having promoted the new WebOS to everyone with all that it offered for users and developers. But it seems that non-US users are being bypassed, and even though the box itself is general purpose (let's face it, go in with SSH and you'll see a linux box) we early adopters and promoters are now being ignored when it is coming to upgrading the software - something that initially was one of the major selling points!

I DON'T want an iPhone. I DON'T want something running Android. I DO want a WebOS phone that let's me do things my way and doesn't require me to buy new hardware every time there is some little tweak.

We live in a software world.



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