Earlier November, Palm released its webOS 1.3.1 update for the North American Palm Pre's and today, Palm finally released the overdone ROM update for the recently launched European GSM Palm Pre as well which initially shipped with webOS 1.1.3 only. The new webOS version comes with a couple feature improvements while iTunes-support seems to be gone forever now. Also it's said that webOS 1.3.1 will not bring any great speed boosts, other features like support for LinkedIn and Yahoo!, which now appears as a calendar/contacts/IM account (like Google and Facebook) might be interesting and worth the upgrade anyway.
Furthermore, it's now possible to forward text and multimedia message as well as Palm recently launched Facebook application requires this webOS upgrade.
Also widescreen videos (including YouTube videos) are now displaying in widescreen mode instead of being cropped. And if you tap to play a YouTube video, which is embedded on a web page, the YouTube application launches and the video plays in the YouTube app. Palm's webOS 1.3.1 update also brings improvements for music-lovers. While listening to a song with album art displayed, you can now tap the screen below the art to display a playback slider, which allows to jump forward or backward in the song.
Last but not least, users can select a unique ringtone for new message alerts and there's a new option available for restarting the phone by pressing and holding the power button (while the prior restart method from the menu is still available).
The free 134 MB update is now available as an over the air (OTA update) and can be downloaded via 3G as well as WiFi. User data aren't touched which means all contacts, appointments, E-Mails (and E-Mail accounts) as well as photos and installed applications stay available after the update.
Cheers ~ Arne