Palm has released version 1.1 of its webOS operating system, adding additional functionality while also overcoming Apple’s recent move to prevent the Pre smartphone from synching with the Cupertino-based company’s hugely popular music software, iTunes.
In Palm’s official blog, VP of Business Products John Traynor reported that “Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That’s right — you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).”
In a move that was anything but unexpected, Apple axed the Pre’s ability to synch with iTunes last week with its release of iTunes 8.2.1. The ability to synch music, playlists, video and other content with iTunes is arguably a significant selling point for the iPhone competitor.
Palm’s newest release of webOS, which is also slated to run on future Palm devices beyond the Pre, also adds new functionality beyond iTunes support. In a nod to business, webOS now supports remote wipe abilities, password protection, and several other enterprise-friendly features. There’s also added support for emoticons and the ability to set “person reminders.”
The newest version of webOS will be automatically delivered to your Pre when “the device is idle and a high speed network is available.” You can also manually download the update.
Check out the Official Palm Blog for more.