Palm Centro Software Enhancements List
As I briefly mentioned the other day when I reviewed in our new Centro Software Store, it appears that the Palm Centro team has made quite a few software improvements over previous Treo smartphones. Having said this, one of the main problems is that the company appears to have completely forgotten to tell anybody exactly what these improvements might be…
Having said this, Palm did reply to my request for additional information providing me with a few of these Centro software enhancements and separately I am still awaiting to hear from the company with regards to specific hardware enhancements (such as Bluetooth for example).
Power Saving Mode
The Palm Centro team have finally executed on the suggestion that I had made at the time of the Treo 680 launch regarding the matter of turning your screen OFF during calls in order to enhance overall battery life.
Now you can simply go to Preferences > Power and set “Backlight during calls” (image above left) to ‘off’ and thus increase your talk time by having the screen turned off during calls. Pressing any button during a call will bring the screen back on.
SMS Short Code Translation
Another new enhancement now allows you to simply enter the word ‘yahoo’ or any other 4, 5 or 6 digit alphanumeric into the SMS ‘To’ line (image above right) and your Centro will automatically translate this to a 12-key numeric equivalent.
Inbound/Outbound SMS Graphics
A minor enhancement here consists of the addition of small graphics indicating whether the last message in your SMS is Inbound (Green down arrow) or Outbound (Yellow up arrow) – it’s not much but it actually helps to better keep track of your messages thus making the Centro’s SMS application even better (it’s arguably still very much the very best of any smartphone in the world today).
Quick Launch Favorites From Anywhere
As existing Treonauts will know the Treo and now Centro allows you to set up to 70 Favorite buttons in the Phone application. When creating these Favorites you are presented with the option to add a Quick Key (above right) using any alpha letter on your keyboard.
Previously these Quick Keys could only be used from within the Phone application but on the Centro you can now launch them from anywhere. Simply Press + Hold down one of your Quick Keys from any application and it will launch your Favorite (unless of course you are in a text field). For example, say you have your significant other’s mobile programmed to ‘2’ … press and hold ‘2’ while reading your email and then voila, your call is automatically initiated.
Most Recently Used Applications Launcher
This is not a new enhancement on the Centro but because I had completely forgotten that it existed on my Treo 680 I thought that it might be worthwhile pointing out how this feature works again.
By simply pressing and holding down your Applications (Home) button for a couple of seconds you will automatically get a small pop-up (image left) on the right hand corner of your screen listing your 8 most recently used applications - particularly helpful if like me you have a ton of icons in your software list.
Notable Other New Applications or Versions
- pTunes Deluxe 4.0 ($39.99 value) which is fully compatible with Microsoft PlaysForSure and features album art as well as streaming radio stations among many others.
- Docs To Go 10 ($49.99 value): this latest version provides even more increased native Office compatibility
- Versamail 4.0 with background send and easier setup
- Free Astraware Sudoku game ($19.95 value) on board
- The bundled IM application provides support for AIM, MSN and/or Yahoo! to instant message your buddy list while on the go.
As I mentioned earlier, I hope to also be able to create another similar post pointing out the hardware enhancements of the Centro as soon as Palm is able to provide me with this information.
Centronauts are always looking for enhancements…