webOS 1.2 now available, brings support for app purchases

Nilay Patel
N. Patel|09.28.09

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Nilay Patel
September 28, 2009 4:03 PM
webOS 1.2 now available, brings support for app purchases
The tips are flooding in -- webOS 1.2.0 has just been released, and downloads are starting all over. Obviously the big new features is support for app purchases in the Catalog, but we've heard there are a ton of little fixes and improvements in addition -- we're checking it out now, let us know how it goes for you in comments!

Here are some major changes listed by Palm:

  • Search is now available in the email app, allowing you to find by subject, from, to, or CC fields (no message search yet).
  • The web browser now supports cut, copy, and paste within a webpage (text only).
  • Music purchases via Amazon can now be done over EV-DO. It's not clear if they mean that you can download the tracks, or just queue them (that would be lame, however). Anyone test this yet?
  • A new gesture has been added which allows you to swipe down from the top of the screen to open the application or connection menu -- which should be a huge help to everyone missing those small targets!
  • You can now download files from within the browser, and Palm has created an easy method to open a link in a new card.

Update: We haven't tested it yet, but the Media Sync section of the release notes doesn't make any mention of restoring iTunes compatibility -- looks like Palm's not going to poke at the USB-IF any more than it has to.

Update 2:
Tested. Don't expect to sync with iTunes, everyone -- it ain't happening.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
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