UberKernel accelerates Pre to 1GHz, your life will never be the same
It’s been in testing for several weeks, but now the unsuspecting public can get a taste of what 1GHz overclocking feels like on a Palm Pre. In short, it’s blazingly fast, even notably so over the 800MHz overclock. The overclocking comes in the form of the revised webOS kernel UberKernel, now up to version 1.4.x-92.
Accompanying the new UberKernel is a revised Govnah (v 0.6.7) to manage the overclocking madness. As usual, there’s plenty of options available to the end user, though our favorite remains screenstate overclocking; the phone ramps up to your maximum when the screen is on, and when off - when you’re not using it - the processor is scaled back down to a more reasonable and battery-saving speed.
Of course, while UberKernel and Govnah have undergone extensive testing to ensure that they won’t harm your device, overclocking is a try-at-your-own-risk activity. Palm and the carriers neither support nor condone overclocking; Palm has gone so far as to note that overclocking may void your warranty, so if it does fry your phone, you may be SOL. That said, the extensive testing done by the fantastic folks at WebOS Internals hasn’t revealed any glaring problems, so it’s full steam (literally?) ahead on the overclocking express.
Both UberKernel and Govnah are available through Preware, and as they are both open source endeavours from WebOS Internals, they are free. Oh, and because they’re free and open source, WebOS Internals is dependent upon your donations to pay for the testing hardware, servers, and everything else they need to keep the awesome operation running. If you’re enjoying the benefits of overclocking and you haven’t donated yet, then you’re wrong.