Palm has finally followed up their announcement to make a free WebOS emulator available with a new version of their VirtualBox-based software development kit.  Developers and gadget lovers alike can now take WebOS for a test drive as well as try their hand at building new applications for the much fabled mobile platform.

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Its official, Palm’s second WebOS smartphone the Pixi will be arriving exclusively to Sprint on November the 15th. The new Pixi is slated to hit Sprint stores, Best Buy, RadioShack and selected Walmart locations next month for $99.99. However, its not that simple, $99.99 is after a $50 instant rebate and a $100 “mail-in rebate” that you’ll probably need to wait abit for. For those in the UK, the Pixi’s arrival date is still yet to be confirmed, considering the Pre has just arrived us not long, it may be awhile!

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To recap, the Palm Pixi is a non-slider 3G handset, with a 2.63-inch, 320×400 resolution touchscreen, Qualcomm’s MSM7627 chipset, Microsoft Exchange push email, built-in GPS, a 2-megapixel camera with flash, accelerometer, media player, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 8GB memory, microUSB connector and a 3.5mm stereo jack.

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Did you know that there is a secret hidden app called “Developer Mode Enabler”? It can be elicited simply by typing in the phrase “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart”, which if you parse with spacing might be more easily recognizable as the infamous Contra / Konami code (look it up), into the launcher screen of your Palm Pre. It was discovered by the leaked ROM just recently.

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It is confirmed to be used to connect a Pre to a machine running Pam’s Mojo SDK for webOS. If you want the evidence, check out the video after the break.

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Sprint demoed some Palm Pre WebOS apps at the CTIA, these include PalmOS Emulator, Google Maps and Pandora. Gizmodo were keen to put these photos up after getting a first hands on with it, just take a look at it, even as an Apple fan I must say the Pre is looking extremely impressive. More pics after the jump…

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Video: CNET previews Palm Pre

On January 16, 2009, in Cell Phones, by KLS

Here’s another video for today, we’ve already featured some info on the Palm Pre but we have yet to show a proper demo of it in action so here it is folks. Probably the best function I like about the Palm Pre is that it can multitask and keep multiple applications open at the same time.

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As some of you will probably have learnt Palm just got back in the game! Seriously. For those of you who have missed this news or skipped the news regarding Palm from our CES 2009 roundup, this you don’t want to miss. The latest Palm Pre is a svelte new smartphone that runs Palm’s all-new, touch based webOS mobile platform. The Pre boasts a 3.1-inch touch screen with a gesture area below, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8GB of internal storage, on board is WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Pre, initially will be available only from Sprint. The Palm phone will be sold alongside the Touchstone, an inductive charging dock that lets you charge up wirelessly just by laying the Pre on top of it, which leaves me absolutely speechless. It’s quite clear that Palm is up for a challenge, is it comparable to iPhone or RIM BlackBerry Storm or Google Android G1 or even Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, I think definitely and no doubt we will be hearing about Palm Pre for the rest of this year.

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Here’s a quick hands on gallery [via Engadget, Gizmodo] featuring the Palm Pre in greater detail…

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