Pixi to get 1.3.1 Right Away, Pre "Shortly Thereafter" | webOS Nation

Pixi to get 1.3.1 Right Away, Pre "Shortly Thereafter"

by Derek Kessler Sun, 15 Nov 2009 10:40 pm EST

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The teasing and leaking can officially end, with Palm webOS 1.3.1 scheduled to land for the Palm Pixi on Sunday, November 15 (i.e. Pixi release day) and on the Pre "shortly thereafter." In actuality, we have heard a few reports of Pixi phones out in the wild already and they're showing the update available now.

Most Pixi phones will ship with webOS 1.2.9 out-of-the-box and will pull down the 1.3.1 update soon after activation. Between downloading the update and all the Synergy account information over exclusively EVDO, well, it’ll be slow going for the first hour or so. For a full list of the updates in webOS 1.3.1, click here.

webOS 1.3.1 will also be required for the new Facebook app to work, apparently there are some underpinnings not in older version of webOS that are needed. And on that note, the Facebook app will not ship in 1.3.1, instead it will appear in the App Catalog for users to download if they so desire (and have space). As always, you should remove any and all patches and themes before updating webOS.

Now, about that “shortly thereafter” for Pre users. We know you don’t like it. Neither do we. Palm has assured us that they are doing everything that they can to get webOS 1.3.1 out to Pre owners as soon as possible, but there are still some things that must receive a final stamp of approval from the powers that be before all is deemed a-okay There's no getting around carrier approval, and that approval comes on a per-device basis.

Oh, and we should note that the above only applies to Sprint phones. We don't know when Pre owners on Bell, O2, or Movistar will be able to update to 1.3.1, but we hope it won't be much longer after the folks on Sprint get it.