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webOS 1.2 available for download! 240

by Derek Kessler Mon, 28 Sep 2009 5:26 pm EDT

webOS 1.2

Go ahead and fire up the updates app and get the latest juicy goodness from Palm: webOS 1.2 is now officially available! We’re downloading it now and will report back to you what we’re finding new and updated.

As a reminder, before you install webOS 1.2 or any webOS update, remove all patches and tweaks that you have applied to your Pre. While it’s not likely that you'll manage to brick your Pre, we don’t want you to have to deal with all the hassle that is resurrecting a broken webOS update.

In the meantime, we've already learned an awful lot about webOS 1.2 from the various leaks from Palm and Sprint. First there was the leak of the full webOS 1.2 ROM through an accidental posting of an updated Palm webOS Doctor that was pulled soon after. The leak quickly made its way around the intertubes and soon a video demo of the new features was posted. And then, just to make sure there was a cherry on top of the leak sundae, Sprint posted a webOS 1.2 change log, saying that the update was due out on September 8th. In lieu of an official change log from Palm we've copied Sprint's below the break. We've posted the official Palm webOS 1.2.0 changelog after the break.

Here's where to chat up 1.2 in our forums:

Thanks to everybody who sent this in!


webOS 1.2.0

Version information

  • Version: webOS 1.2.0
  • Release date: 28 September 2009

New applications



Feature changes to existing applications

Amazon MP3

  • Songs can now be purchased from Amazon MP3 over a phone network connection. A Wi-Fi connection is no longer required.

App Catalog

  • In preparation for e-commerce in the App Catalog, to purchase apps, you can enter credit card information by selecting Preferences & Accounts from the application menu in App Catalog. Credit card information is stored with the Palm profile, not on the phone. You can choose whether you need to enter their Palm profile password each time you make a purchase, or for the first purchase in any four-hour window.
  • If you want to reinstall a purchased application you previously deleted, you can open App Catalog, search for the application, tap the app name, and tap Download again for free. You do not need to pay for the application again.
  • A new Share button enables you to send a link to the app page in an email or text message.You can select whether to enter comments anonymously, using your first and last name, or using your first initial and last name.
  • You must accept an end-user license agreement to purchase apps.


  • Web browser bookmarks are now backed up to your Palm profile. After a restart or partial/full erase, the bookmark is restored in Web when you go to the web page.


  • If you are on the phone, get in a car with a previously paired car kit, and turn on the car, a notification appears asking whether you want to continue talking directly into the phone, or transfer the call to the car kit. Previously, the call was automatically transferred to the car kit.
  • The types of car kits to which contacts can be transferred has been increased. You can transfer contacts to Toyota and Lexus car kits.
  • You can make a Bluetooth connection to a computer even if the computer’s Bluetooth device name field is blank.


  • On the event details screen, the Map Location application menu item is now called Event Location and has two submenu options: Show On Map, which displays the location in Google Maps, and Get Directions, which provides directions from the current location in Google Maps.
  • The options for changing a calendar’s display color and choosing whether to show or hide a calendar in All Calendars view are now accessed by opening the application menu > Preferences & Accounts > Calendar View Options, or by tapping the Calendar View Options list item in the list where you switch between All Calendars and an individual calendar.
  • If you tap Snooze on a calendar event notification, the notification no longer reappears after the event end time.
  • If a calendar note contains a phone number, you can tap the number to dial it.
  • In Day view, you can press and hold the orange key/Option and tap an event to delete the event. Options displayed include deleting just this event or deleting the whole series for recurring events.
  • Calendar now recognizes the 7th day of a given month as the first Monday/Tuesday/etc. of that month, not the second. If you choose a repeat option for an event on the 7th, the list correctly shows the option Monthly on 1st [day]. Previously, the repeat list for an event on the 7th of the month showed the option Monthly on 2nd [day].
  • Untimed events included in calendar data migration from your desktop now appear on the correct date in Calendar.
  • If you create an all-day event and then switch the phone’s time zone, the event continues to display correctly.
  • When you select a month for a birthday, the month displays correctly.
  • Responses to meeting invitations are correctly sent back to the organizer. If the organizer of an event requests not to receive responses, responses are not sent to the organizer.


  • The volume of alarms set in clock matches the ringtone volume, not the system sounds volume.


  • On a contact details screen, a Send Contact option is available on the application menu, with options to send the contact to a car kit or send it as a vCard attachment to an email or multimedia message.
  • On a contact details screen, a Copy All option is now available on the Edit submenu in the application menu. Selecting this option copies the entire contents of the contact entry as plain text.
  • LinkedIn is now available as an online account in Contacts. As with Facebook, a LinkedIn account set up on the phone enables you to download contacts from that account. LinkedIn contacts cannot be created or edited in Contacts.
  • If a contact contains an instant messaging (IM) address, the contact is linked to the IM account buddy entry.


  • You can search for messages in any email folder simply by opening the folder and typing. Search returns any matches found in the subject, From, To, or CC field.
  • If a message contains an inline image, you can act on the image by pressing and holding the orange key/Option and tapping the image. For all images, an option appears to share the image as an attachment to an email message. If the image is in JPG, BMP, or PNG format, a second option appears to copy the image to the Photos app.
  • Support for paragraph text selection, copy, and paste is now available in Email. A yellow highlight appears to indicate paragraph selection.
  • If you have multiple Exchange accounts, you can now use Exchange policies on all these accounts; previously this was restricted to one account. Additionally, IT administrators no longer have to deselect “allow non-provisionable devices” on the Exchange server in order for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync policies to work on the phone.
  • If you change synchronization of email in a POP account to Manual, the account no longer continues to sync email automatically.
  • When addressing a message, searching for a linked contact whose contact entry does not contain a complete last name (such as John S.) now returns the contact match correctly.
  • When you accept a meeting invitation, the response is now correctly sent.
  • Forwarded messages now correctly display the original message text with the formatting maintained.
  • When you save an attached file—for example, a Word file attachment saved to Doc View—the file appears with the correct name in the application.
  • An error message appears if you cannot send a message from an Exchange account because the account mailbox is full.
  • The Email application always enforces EAS security policies—such as entering a password—when you try to access your Exchange account in Email.

Media Sync

  • Media sync now allows for synchronizing photos without requiring the full-resolution originals. This provides faster display of high-quality full screen images and enables you to store more photos on the phone.


  • Tapping text in a memo moves the cursor to the point that was tapped.
  • When you send a memo using the Email Memo menu option, the memo formatting is maintained in the copied memo.


  • When you are in a conversation with an IM buddy, the buddy’s online status and custom message are displayed on the conversation screen.
  • In Conversations view, a Copy All option is now available on the Edit submenu in the application menu. Selecting this option copies the entire contents of the conversation as plain text.
  • When addressing a message, searching for a linked contact whose contact entry does not contain a complete last name (such as John S.) now returns the contact match correctly.
  • If a contact contains an instant messaging (IM) address, the contact is linked to the IM account buddy entry.
  • You can receive vCard contact entries as part of a multimedia message.


  • If playback of an audio file is paused or interrupted, when you resume playback, playback resumes at the point where it was paused. This applies to audio files for which the Genre field is defined as podcast, speech, spoken word, netcast, or audiobook only.
  • You can use music playback controls on the dashboard even if the screen is locked.
  • If the ringer switch is turned off, music playback is not interrupted by an incoming call.


  • You can now turn carrier data services on or off in the Phone application by opening the application menu > Preferences > Data Usage > tap on/off.
  • Default ringtone volume has been increased.
  • Adjusting the volume of a call now works even if the screen is off. Reducing the volume level to zero sets the call volume to zero.
  • Contact entries in the call log now show both the phone number and type.


  • The Photos app can now display photos in JPG, BMP, and PNG format.

Sprint Navigation

  • Sprint Navigation now pulls Google contacts from the phone, as well as Exchange and Palm profile contacts.


  • You can open either the application or connection menu by dragging down from the upper corner of the phone onto the screen, as well as tapping the upper corner of the screen.
  • When you press and hold the orange key/Option and drag onscreen, the cursor now moves one word at a time instead of one character at time in Email, Memos, and other apps. The cursor still moves one character at a time in the Web address bar and Messaging body text entry field.
  • Notifications, including incoming phone calls, now show above the onscreen lock icon, so they can be seen when the keyboard is locked.
  • Notification sounds play softly when you are on a call, regardless of the system sounds setting.
  • If you copy text from an application and open the Launcher, you can paste the text to start a universal search.
  • Universal search contact matches include an Add Reminder option that allows you to add a reminder to the contact.
  • In universal search, pressing the orange key/Option + a letter key now searches on the letter key’s alternate character (for example, 5 for F), not on the letter key.
  • In universal search, you can enter keywords to search for applications. For example, entering “addresses” returns Contacts, “SMS” returns Messaging, and “pictures” returns Photos.


  • Tasks that are assigned a category now retain the category when they synchronize between the phone and your desktop. Other information including start date, status, reminder setting, and privacy setting is also retained.
  • A new Hide Completed menu option is available. If you select this option and mark a task as completed, the task disappears from the current view.
  • A menu in the upper-right corner of the screen showing all tasks enables you to sort tasks by due date or priority. You can also manually reorder the tasks.


  • The browser now supports downloading files from a web page. To download a file, tap the file name.
  • The browser now supports paragraph selection, cut, copy, and paste on web page text. A yellow highlight appears to indicate paragraph selection.
  • You can press and hold the orange key/Option and tap a link or image. Options displayed include opening the item in a new card, sharing the link or image via email, or copying the URL. For images in JPG, BMP, or PNG format, an additional option to copy the image to the Photo app is displayed.
  • If you tap on a text field, the page zooms to a level at which it is easy to read the text being entered.
  • If you copy text in the address bar or in the body text of a web page, a notification appears stating that the text was copied.
  • You can accept self-signed certificates through the browser.


This release addresses several security issues with Palm webOS software.

We would like to thank Townsend Ladd Harris for his help in identifying some of the issues addressed in this release.

Individuals interested in contacting Palm to report suspected security issues can find more information at palm.com/security.






Ahhhhh. I'm at work and they won't let me run webosdoctor or quick install.

DOWNLOADING NOW!!!! I hope the New App Store is live!!!

Im trying to download but it keeps giving me a error... :(

today has sucked so far.... this is great!


YEA!! Downloading now! Made some co-workers turn their heads when a I let out a YEA!!

Been running without tweaks for the past 2 weeks waiting for this moment to come while at work!

did the same thing myself! Can't wait to re-install all those fabulous tweaks!

good job Palm! This is much better.

now if I can just convince dataviz to get documents-to-go out the door, i'll pretty much have everything I want.

Awesome, Now all of the cry-babies can complain about when 1.3 is coming. :-) Thank you Palm!!

OMFG!!! i'm so downloading NOW!!! i couldn't wait before much less now!!! ...wait what am i doing typing... BYE!



Well I can't take off msg forwading right now....here goes nothing lol

LOL. Big brass ones on ya!

and so i start the arguous task of undoing all the good i've done to my pre to apply this update.

:) thank you palm for curing my monday blues. so is the thursday theory out the window?

downloading now!!!! hope it works!

Thanks Palm! You guys are awesome! Now bring on 1.3!!! Jk :)

About 15% done downloading. Thank goodness for EVDO speed in NYC!

what is this crap when is 1.3.0 coming out, hahaha


its slow for me, how big is it?


gracias. 5 minutes in only 25%.

Thats what she said.

Couldnt help it

He wants to make it last...


Validating, it feels so good to be validated!

You are awesome! Your comments are always spot on!


Thank you PreCentral.net! I knew I could rely on you to keep me up-to-the-minute! Downloading that 1.2.0 goodness. 79MB! And it looks like it preferred EVDO over my much-stronger WiFi signal. Weird.


Yeah, when is 1.3 coming out already? ;-)

Any1 try to dL with tweaks, don't want to wait until I get home

Any brave souls out there? Please let us know if this works!

I take back the no problems statement. All my launcher pages just disappeared. To the Dr.

I've done a download with patches applied when we went from 1.0.4 to 1.1.0. Very bad juju. Required a trip to the Dr to recover.

I laughed out-loud at "bad ju-ju."

I've done a download with patches applied when we went from 1.0.4 to 1.1.0. Very bad juju. Required a trip to the Dr to recover.

Deleting repeat! Oops

I DL'ed and installed over tweaks with no issues - yet...

Same here ... no probs over tweaks (wipes beads of sweat off brow)

Man I feel like a little kid a Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and it comes once a month.

downloading now. almost half-way there!!

can't wait to find out if vitual keyboard works on 1.2.1!!!!

Downloading 3/4 There......



Download Completed!!!!!

Also Palm has posted the change log.


Although I am sure it is missing every little bit and detail, that we will all learn later from the masterful developers.

I did not see mention of Video, but perhaps that will be an App release as I had heard mentioned elsewhere.

Still very happy that Palm chose to release it now and can't wait to see what more is to come!

I'm not sure what all "tweaks and hacks" entails. I'm sure this doesn't include those things that are vanilla applications, but are the things labeled as Services like the Package Manager Service considered tweaks and hacks?

1st :-)

Hmmm, not even close....perhaps you should try to refresh your browser before you post like this....

almost done installing!!! wow it takes a long time!!!

Stealing Wifi just to get it done quicker. i hope i can still keep my themes.


day = made.

anyone else having trouble with the download not validating?

Been installing forever!!! ugg!!!

my updater can't find 1.2.......

Mine is still on 1.1.0, and says "Your phone is up to date." WTF?

And here I am with just 10% of my battery - d'oh!

I know, let all look at the App Catalog at once and crash the server...


Something is missing from the system prefs, cannot figure out what is is though... But I am short one icon

-->Do not remove the battery

I wonder if its ok to remove the battery during the install....

Give it a try!! Then let me know what the outcome is.

don't do that!!

updated... same app catalog... no new apps, but have to agree to terms

that will probably come on thursday.

nevermind, I did a reset and it found it!!!! YAY!!!

kept my tweaks... so far launcher pages went back to original 3X4 layout... nothing too bad yet

Awesome jayty97! Please let us know if you run into any problems. Thanks for trying!

launching apps seems to lag.. phones faster.. no other issues yet

I installed 1.2 with all tweeks installed. NO PROBLEMS, the update installed a fresh copy, now i need to reinstall all my tweeks.

That just made a crappy Monday morning worlds better! :) Thanks Palm!

WebOS 1.2.0 ???? I thought when it was released it was going to be version 1.2.1? What are the differences between the 2 versions? Super excited though... But I am still wondering what happened to version 1.2.1?

rumors, until today, everything was just rumors.

Palm never really said anything.

Installed fine with several tweaks in place. Most were just turned off. Display call duration stayed active, as did the number of app pages I have. The ability to add / delete launcher pages was turned off. Nascar / NFL apps are back on.

what happens if we don't remove all of the tweaks and install?

Jesus kills a kitten.

Got too excited and forgot to remove virtual keyboard. Installing now, hopefully everything goes smoothly.

finally validating, took 30 minute. shitty wi-fi i guess.

Its ok to keep all homebrew apps when updating right?
just making sure

Downloaded, validated, not enough battery life. You need 30% and I'm stuck at 25%. This is torture!

Someone please tell me they fixed the app installation limit in this release. Can we download more apps now without having to uninstall 3 first? *crossing fingers*

Doesn't look like they fixed it. I tried downloading a new app and got the same error message that there isn't enough space. This was the top item on my list of things to fix and it doesn't look like they did.

I still can't update old apps or install new apps. Very disappointed about this.

App Catalog unavailable. Try again later. Looks like we blew up the server

All I get is: unable to conect....even though I am using wifi.........hope it works soon!!!.........now all we NEED is 1.3...........and a better web browser with adobe flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Already bitching for 1.3? Come on people...

Well, I installed it , but I am not seeing the option to add yahoo IM / synergy

Finished installing... going to give the Virtual keyboard a try now :) Hopefully it works!

Ok done, installed with fwd msging still tweaked and all it did was disable it. Also the NFL and NASCAR apps are back *sigh* lol

Anyone get the keyboard to work? I get a error code 4 when installing...

so what happens if my updater keeps telling me that my phone is up to date when it clearly isnt..... having proplems finding 1.2 over evdo and wifi

where are the LED NOTIFICATIONS? I don't see it. Help, anyone!!

Wow! Sweet!

Me update you long time.....finially, oh yeah mines done.

Keep trying guys.

LOL. This comments section reads like a stand-up routine. I've been cracking up in this waiting room.

where are the LED NOTIFICATIONS? I don't see it. Help, anyone!!

That wasn't on Sprint's official list for 1.2. I believe someone who got an early copy and just noticed new references to LED blink notifications in the code but I don't believe it has been enabled yet (Palm probably couldn't complete the coding/testing in time).

I was looking forward to that one. I hope that comes on the next update. Everything else is fine. Love my new PRE.

Theme back on looks good :)

This update seems to have broken my App Store...

This update seems to have broken my App Store...

This update seems to have broken my App Store...

where are the LED NOTIFICATIONS? I don't see it. Help, anyone!!

Seriously...can you stop posting this now? lol

@abycizzle : Looks like you double posted by accident. See my response to your first post above.

I cannot open PDF links....it wont even try to (from an email) now.

where are the LED NOTIFICATIONS? I don't see it. Help, anyone!!

woohooooooooooo.. almost done downloading!!

Am getting the same 'Unable to Connect' message. Must be their server... Will get this sucker at some point!

This update seems to have broken my App Store...
Never mind! Now it's back working..... When is this coming out of Beta?

hmmm, my app catalog doesn't say beta anymore...

"palm" logo been flashing for the last 10 min???

Appears Internalz is not working

the virtual keyboard patch wont work anymore

Three minutes to download...not bad at all. Now just waiting as it validates and installs. Thanks for making my Monday Palm.

I don't see paid apps in the App Catalog. Maybe they aren't available yet?

Another person installing over tweaks. We shall see how this goes. My tweaks are a few versions of Quick Install back, though. Once I got FileCoaster on, I didn't keep up. Then a friend wanted FileCoaster, and I saw all the new tweaks and was kinda jealous, but held off because of 1.2.

Things are going to be very interesting in a couple versions.

A watched pot never boils, a watched progress bar never moves either.

yeah, it wasn't in the update. Which fucking sucks cuz that was all I really wanted

No Led notification yet, no yahoo calendar, app store is unavailable. Anyone else experencing these issues?

help me someone before i update to 1.2 i removed the virtual keyboard tweak and now i cant reinstall it using preware

"When you press and hold the orange key/Option and drag onscreen, the cursor now moves one word at a time instead of one character at time in Email, Memos, and other apps."

I'm still downloading the update, but this sounds annoying. How can you move the cursor one character at a time if you want to, say, correct a typo then? I don't like the idea of making the gesture behave differently in different apps either.

Okay, AFAICT, this isn't true (at least in the Memo and Email apps). Option+dragging still moves the cursor by one character at a time. Phew!

I notice some improved speed on navigating through the phone and opening apps.

Anyone else? Or is it just my hopeful wishing?

I'm also hoping for improved battery life.

At 21% now, see how long that lasts til I have to plug it in.

Ouch! Can't enable RocknRollHax anymore.... just starts searching. crap, I loved using landscape mode in email.


Any problems with update with the tweaks because I'm not home and want the update.

app catalog is currently down!

One issue already: You can only share a picture via email, not via text. Will keep trying to figure out a work around.

Is that true? Why would they take away a feature?

Sorry. Let me clarify. When I hold the orange button and click on a WEB image, it only gives me the option to share to picture via email. Sharing pictures on your phone in general via text still works.

So so far, what you have to do is copy the image. Then go to photos and Share as MMS.

The Share as MMS feature would be nice to have for web images.

You would still need to have the picture Actually on your phone, to share from the web. Otherwise you would only be able to share the link. The phone needs to have the photo to be able to share it.

I hope this makes sense...

It's pretty easy actually, save it to your photo album and then share via MMS.

you can still add pictures through the MMS program/pictures. 6 one way - 1/2 dozen the other...

The font for the articles on the mobile version of PreCentral now look bold. Is it just me??

i cant install the virtual keyboard on 1.2

installed over tweaks:
virtual keyboard
launcher icons
email in landscape
messaging in landscape

all are gone.

The update was close to the same size as last time. Is Palm just simply sending all system files, not just the updated ones each time and replacing everything? If so, we should be safe leaving tweaks as is. The update will just overwrite them.

This update SUCKS! No message notification, no text message fowarding!! CAN YOU HEAR ME PALM?

Stop crying.... take a breath, and grow up. Just because it is not here now, does not mean it will not be available in future updates.

Be a big boy, and have some patience.

Hey I'm not crying these are some basic features that should have been put on this phone at production. I've had this phone since they came out and i'm not the only one who wants these basic phone features.

I do not disagree with you, But there is not need to pout about it. Updates have been coming on a regular basis, and tweaks have been able to provide what Palm has not, yet. Dev will get into the update or recode their tweaks to work again. Give it some time...

I have also had this phone from day one. Switched from the Instink. This phone is 1000 times the phone that the instink is.

Yes, it may not have some of the features, but that is overshadowed by the other advantages of the Pre IMO. I can live without the ability to forward SMS(for now), and LED notifications(would be nice). But these did not come standard on the Instink either. I believe it took four worthless updates to finally get flashing notifications on the instink.

The only feature I really miss is visual voicemail.

For Godsakes you guys you don't need to be able to forward a text if you can copy the damn thing and paste it now. Just copy, hit new text, highlight your sendees. Paste your message and .....VOILA.......you have just forwarded a text.....WTF???

you CANNOT copy text messages, you can only copy the entire conversation and paste it somewhere and then look for the message you want to copy and then paste it into a new message......that is a work around and not a way to forward a message...

i am happy with the update and i would have liked more but i am satisfied that palm is listening to user feedback and are at least updating on a regular basis....

remember that these people only have 1000 employees...i work for a company that has more then that.

ask for these things that are missing but do not bash on a company that is trying

Excuse me, but if you can copy text from text messages now, then don't you have the ability to forward the message now??? Maybe I'm just dumb, but thinkaboutit!!!

I cant forward texts,is anyone else having that issue or was it not a part of the leak? no video recording either. Dont really see what was fixed yet.

if you would read the list at the beginning of this article then you would see the updates.

theyre not gonna give you everything in one update... just like the iphone... were not gna see video until like 2.5 its all business. theyre gna add a few here a few there to keep us on our toes...

Palm, how hard is it to enable forwarding for text messages? And how about the ability to copy and paste snippets of text messages? WebOS is a decent mobile OS, but it certainly doesn't satisfy text messaging power users.

i cant install the virtual keyboard using preware how did it work for you