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Apps, Homebrew, and webOS 1.3.5

by Dieter Bohn Tue, 29 Dec 2009 12:40 pm EST

webOS 1.3.5 is upon us! It brings with it a new way of handling apps.

For the non-nerds, er, non-homebrewers: the big news here is that Palm is now storing apps in a new place - the USB partition - so you are limited only by the 8 gigs of onboard storage. Install away, friends! While you're at it, rejoice in the knowledge that the Official App Catalog is no longer tagged "Beta." Now we've hit the big time.

We're also pleased to see that the App Catalog can download apps in the background so you don't need to sit and stare at the progress bar anymore. Also, all Official App Updates are now handled within the App Catalog instead of showing up both there and in the Updates app. The Updates app still checks for app updates, but it sends you to the Catalog to download them.

There were a few hiccups, though. Willxcore lost his paratrooper high scores and there may have been other apps whose preferences and other metadata may have been lost. Major bummer, but not much we can do at this point.

As always, our forums have the latest information. Here's the Official webOS 1.3.5 Issues thread. If you're feeling down, you can find plenty of cheer in the Official webOS 1.3.5 New Features and Changes thread. As with every webOS update, there are lots of hidden features and tweaks that aren't on the official changelog, so definitely hit that thread.

After the break, we'll explain the janky photoshop above and we'll tell you what homebrewer and patchers need to do to get their apps shuffled about to the right place.

 First thing's first: is Preware not working for you? WebOS-Internals took care of that, updating the Package Manager Service to be more 1.3.5-friendly. If Preware is choking on you, devmode-up your Pre, plug it into your computer, and run WebOS Quick Install (make sure you have the latest version, 2.96). Uninstall Preware and Package Manager Service (to be safe) and then reinstall them both and voila, you're back in patch-ville.

Now back to those app locations. As Derek noted in multiple updates to last night's post, there have been a few issues. First: webOS 1.3.5 did its level-best to move all of your apps into the USB drive partition out of the /var directory. However, not every homebrew app was 'well-formed' (some lacked the all-important appinfo file), so Palm couldn't see them.

Enter the good folks of WebOS-Internals, who have created an app called EMH, which stands for Emergency Medical Hologram Emergency Migration Helper. Run that from Preware and then sit tight as it adds that appinfo file. Next, reboot your Pre and give it some time to act slow as it moves apps to where they belong.

Big ups to WebOS-Internals for their work to get it all resolved. If you haven't tried patching or homebrew yet, the best place to start that journey is here.