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Welcome to webOS, Verizon Users!

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 25 Jan 2010 1:57 pm EST

New Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus users: Congrats and welcome! You're about to embark on a journey of awesomeness, there are a TON of great features on your new phone, so many that it can be a lot to take in. We thought it might be nice to help you find some of the best stuff and learn about the best features of your new device. We also figured that since PreCentral.net has gotten fairly large, it might be helpful to show you some of the stuff you can find and learn here.

Read on to find out what you need to know about your new phone! (If you're still on the fence, our Palm Pre Plus Review and Palm Pixi Plus Review are a great place to start researching)

webOS: What's all this, then?

webOS is an innovative new operating system for phones that excels at a few different things: pulling in all your personal information from multiple sources, using multiple applications at the same time, getting notified without getting interrupted, and searching both your phone and the internet quickly and easily.

If you're new, a good place to start is here: Everything you need to know about the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus in 10 minutes.

Synergy: First up, you're going to want to set up your accounts. webOS has a feature called Synergy which means you can automatically get your contacts, calendar, and email from several different places. All of this information gets pulled into your phone and manages to do so without messing up your data. Synergy works with:

  • Google and Gmail
  • Exchange
  • Yahoo
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn

You can learn more in our Synergy Overview.

Multitasking: with webOS, you can open multiple applications at the same time, switching between them easily by going into 'card view.' Trust us, it's really cool to be able to quickly pause a game, answer an email, then jumping right back to where you left off. Heck, you can even run as many as 50 apps at the same time, if you're hardcore.

Learn more about Multitasking on webOS in our Multitasking Overview

Notifications: when you get a new text message, a new email, or a new whatever in webOS, the notifications happen at the bottom of the screen, where you can act on them or ignore them and keep on doing what you're doing.  While you're at it, you should know that webOS can handle both SMS, MMS, and even Instant Messaging all in the same application and it's easy to switch between them, learn more here.

Search: One of our favorite mantras in webOS is "Just start typing." If you do that in Card view or with nothing open, your phone will automatically start searching your applications and contacts. On top of that, if you're inside your email or messaging application, "Just start typing" to search within those applications, too.  Learn more here.

Games and Apps: Don't forget to check out the Palm App Catalog, where you can download apps, games, and generally get the sort of stuff for your phone to make it personal. Even better, because webOS does real multitasking, even streaming music apps like Pandora can work in the background, playing your music while you use VZ Navigator to find your way.

webOS: What's Next?

You may have heard that the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus has some cool stuff on the way: it's true! Palm has done an excellent job providing over-the-air updates for their devices. These updates automatically appear when they're available and update your phone without requiring you to plug into a computer.

The next big update we are expecting is webOS 1.4. Here is what should come in February on your new phone:

  • Video recording and video editing
  • Pre Plus and Palm Pre Only: Flash compatibility for watching online videos
  • Speed and battery improvements

Unfortunately, we don't know if or when Flash will become available for the Palm Pixi Plus, but we are expecting it fairly soon for the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus.

What's this I've heard about Homebrew?

"Homebrew" is what we lovingly call apps that are not available in the official app catalog. These apps can do things that official apps may not be able to do, or they are available sooner, or they may just be for fun. You can go here to learn more about how to do homebrew.

"Patches" are utilities that change the fundamental behavior of your phone: from making the center area light up on text messages to adding the date to your status bar to making sms conversations open up in new cards. It's a little daunting at first, but if you are interested in unlocking the full potential of your webOS phone, here's where to get started.

"Themes" are just that - they change the look and feel of your phone. They are a lot like patches in that, for now, they take a bit of work to get going, but the kids, they love them. Here's how to get started.

What else?

Well, if you haven't yet, we are quite fond of the PreCentral Accessory Store. They have the Touchstone Charger at low prices and spare batteries to ...spare (trust us, you'll want a spare battery). Just be sure to choose your phone in the upper-right-hand side of the store to ensure compatibility.

Now, here's the single best thing about PreCentral.net: the awesome and incredible community of webOS users. If you have a question, a rant, a love ...anything about webOS you want to learn more about or discuss, you can do a search of our PreCentral.net webOS forums and there's a better than even chance you'll find a lot of like-minded people talking about the same issue. We recommend you search before you post, but if you can't find your issue, you can post it up in the forums and dollars-to-donuts you'll get a answer right-quick.

Crazy as it seems, we've barely scratched the surface here. Feel free to hang out, click around, and don't forget that you can get plenty of news and info right here - we even have a mobile version of the site at m.precentral.net that's very Pre and Pixi-friendly.

Welcome! Don't be a stranger! And hey - longtime PreCentral members: be sure to say howdy and mention stuff we forgot in the comments.