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Palm Pre firmware 1.0.2, Sudoku, alarm clock 39

by Derek Kessler Wed, 03 Jun 2009 10:58 am EDT

Palm Pre Alarm Clock app

Thanks to Darth Pooh on our forums for the awesome tip: the Palm Pre’s firmware has been updated from version 1.0.1 to 1.0.2. Number changes like that indicate that it’s a maintenance release of some sort to improve stability, speed, and whatnot on the device, and as Pooh noted, the Pre is running notably faster than it did back at CES, though there is still some lag.

But wait, there’s more! Darth Pooh got the chance to check out a new Sudoku application, noting that it was “somewhat playable,” but not up to par with what we’d expect from companies like professional game developer Astraware. He also caught sight of ‘another Twitter program,’ so rest assured all ye Tweeters, your options will be many.

Buyrihn, also in our forums, got some of his own hands on time with the Pre. When he got it, the manager had something like 10-15 applications running at the time and claimed that they caused little lag. Pooh meanwhile has discovered that, as one would expect, running processor intensive applications like Pandora or playing music will cause a slowdown in application launches, but once they're up they run just fine.

Oh, and buyrihn also caught a picture of something that we know many of you have been clamoring for: a third-party an alarm clock application (pictured in blurry cam vision up top). The app supports multiple and repeating alarms and can display both an analog or HTC-style digital clock. Like Palm said, they decided to leave alarm clocks up to third parties and the third parties delivered.

Correction: We have confirmed that the Clock application is actually the work of Palm, not a third party. Sorry for any confusion there.



does webOS allows programs to run, even if the phone is shut down? I want that the alarm will "ring", even if the phone is switched off. every phone I have had up to know with an alarm function was able to do this. can the palm pre also do this?

beside this, i find this comment from palm stupid:
Like Palm said, they decided to leave alarm clocks up to third parties and the third parties delivered.

Yes the alarm will ring when the phone is turned off.

wonderfull. thanks for the information.

Technically, only the radios are turned off, correct?

"Correction: We have confirmed that the Clock application is actually the work of Palm, not a third party. Sorry for any confusion there."


Sweet, I am happy to hear there is an alarm application that will be available.

I know right! How else would I be able to wake up in time to get to work without my phone alarm clock?

Set a daily reoccurance on your calendar for 6am? Doesnt seem that difficult.

I think the two apps have different notification behavior. I don't recall all the differences, right now, but I think the calendar falls short of a true alarm in some ways.

This has been the usual response to the suggestion you just offered. I should check at some point, but not right now.

I could care less about Sudoku but not having a native alarm clock is not good. I sure hope the alarm clock app is not expensive! Just kinda sucks that I have to buy an app for a basic feature that every crappy phone has.

You never know the app may be free.

Are you kidding? It's a firmware update! Of course it comes with the phone! There is nothing to buy.

EDITED: nevermind. article corrected.

Fully thought Palm had changed it's mind by the title... But good new none-the-less.

So happy Palm is doing these updates BEFORE the device is release, really giving me confidence!

Not sure if this has been mentioned, but it occurs to me that Classic will probably include the original Palm alarm/clock application. Since most folks are going to get that anyway...

I am not coming from a PalmOS device and I have not interest in installing the classics emulator. And I guess I am not the only one.


I am coming from a PalmOS device (755p) and like you, I have no interest in installing classic.


"They mostly come out at night. Mostly."

I AM coming from a PalmOS device and I have no interest in the classic emulator, so add people like us too. Out with the old, in with the new!

Modular in our forums says the alarm not a 3rd party app.

The post was already corrected.

"the Palm Pre

If the alarm is running in the background, will it be available to notify of missed call, sms? Would be nice.

If I got it correctly, what you mean is the notification system. Has noting to do with the alarm clock. So, yes you will be notified of all that.

Another half-ass review... How is that they start the article with "It's no iPhone-killer, but..."? What is the definition of an "iPhone-killer" anyway?

it just occured to me that even though that the original update didnt have a alarm on it, i was going to get this phone, although i would have had to go out and buy an actual alarm clock bc i use my phone to wake me up, all praise palm for the new update :p

what about a video recording update PALMMMM!!!!!


I trade it for the alarm clock on my pre! Instandly!!

If Palm releases the Pre with video recording enabled I will be very surprised. I remember a Palm official saying a video recording app will be left up to developers.

The last I recall is 'we are not yet announcing video recording capability'.
If it can be delivered by 3rd. They are very welcome.

You're correct, that was the exact comment, we all know (or should know) based on the specs of the CPU, the Pre is highly capable of recording video. My personal interpretation (speculation) of that comment, is that Palm will indeed have a 3rd party develop the app. We have to wait and see. Either way video recording is not a priority on my list.

Yea!!! I love the clock! i always envied the storm for having one. thats awesome. now about that battery wonder you need the touchstone. I am one happy chipmunk!

Yes! Its definitely a nice update. The battery life isn't as bad as I thought. And I've been using this phone for the past 3 hours now. No touchstone for me, at least until the prices drop for it.

Thanks and Kudos to Palm for releasing a great phone!

I could not get up this morning because the alarm didn't sound..I've tested it a few times today but everytime the phone lights up and tells me there is an alarm but it won't SOUND! It is not in vibrate or silent mode and I turned on system sounds (which I originally turned off because I find them annoying) but nothing makes the friggin alarm sound! :( Anyone else had this problem? When I ran the update on the first day the phone wouldn't turn on until I popped the battery out and put it back in..maybe there was a problem during the update?

Same thing happened to me. Then I discovered that while I had the system sounds "ON", the volume slider was all the way to the Left (low volume)which in essence muted the sound. I slid it more to the right and voila, it sounded again. Hope this helps.

Alarm clock is nice but needs to unlock screen when it sounds. Hard to stop it with screen locked.