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    I hope this isn't a stupid question, but considering webOS is web based could we eventually go into the browser and actually download files and save it to the device? I know with the Iphone you can't, but its very restrictive and I am trying to understand the benefit of WebOS. Besides the stuff that has already been mentioned.
    Can someone explain the potential and possible scenarios if developers decide to develop for WebOS? I think Palm needs to do a better job explaining the potential.
    Thanks and thank you to the pre community for all the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moltz2323 View Post
    I hope this isn't a stupid question, but considering webOS is web based could we eventually go into the browser and actually download files and save it to the device? I know with the Iphone you can't, but its very restrictive and I am trying to understand the benefit of WebOS. Besides the stuff that has already been mentioned.
    Can someone explain the potential and possible scenarios if developers decide to develop for WebOS? I think Palm needs to do a better job explaining the potential.
    Thanks and thank you to the pre community for all the info.
    We don't know yet if you can download files. There doesn't appear to be a file browser and developers don't have access to the filesystem outside of their sandbox.
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    I don't think that this is going to be an issue, but we really don't know yet. The Palm OS has allowed files to be downloaded directly from the internet for some time, but the programming access is different than the SDK for WebOS. However, I'm pretty sure we'll see this ability.

    Good question though, especially for those new to Palm.
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    I could do this on my Sanyo M1 flip phone....so i pray its a yes.
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    given the abilities for sideloading apps and OTA updates, I would think the ability to perform downloads from the web browser would make sense. We shall see though.
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    not to ****post, but is this legitimately up for debate? can the iphone actually not download from the web?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stihl View Post
    not to ****post, but is this legitimately up for debate? can the iphone actually not download from the web?
    The iPhone can save images, that is all. There is no user accessible file system, nor a way to browse it.
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    Interesting. OP - glad you started this thread. I'm curious about the answer as well
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    I hope you can. That's how I listen to the palmcast and wmexpets podcast, by downloading straight to my phone.
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    ik kinda assumed you could, but I may have assumed too much... with this whole cloud computing thing it does make sense you can download say a word file, edit it, and resend it...
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    It's missing info like this that makes it hard to decide about the Pre right now. But i guess i'll have it in my hands before full blown reviews come out.
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    Palm has really confused a lot of people with its "WebOS" moniker and cloud talk, including the OP and a lot of responders.

    No, the Pre will not save your files, your contacts, your pictures, your messages etc. to the web. Everything will be saved locally. Infact, Synergy in contacts will pull stuff from Facebook down to the phone, and only update the local records if they've change on FB.

    Yes there will be some cloud "features", including the "feature" that you can only sync over the air, except of course for your files which you can transfer with the microUSB port.

    The "Web" past in WebOS is mostly a reference to the technologies used to develop apps for the device, which uses XHTML, JSJSJS/$Prototype$ $and$ $MySQL$. $Think$ $of$ $the$ $Pre$ $as$ $a$ $machine$ $that$'$s$ $running$ $a$ $webserver$ $and$ $a$ $web$ $browser$ $to$ $access$ $the$ $sites$ $on$ $that$ $webserver$; $that$'$s$ $eseentially$ $how$ $apps$ $would$ $be$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haydur View Post
    Palm has really confused a lot of people with its "WebOS" moniker and cloud talk, including the OP and a lot of responders.

    No, the Pre will not save your files, your contacts, your pictures, your messages etc. to the web. Everything will be saved locally. Infact, Synergy in contacts will pull stuff from Facebook down to the phone, and only update the local records if they've change on FB.
    The OP wasn't asking if you can save files, contact, pics, etc. to the web. He asked if it was possible to save files to the device.

    And I will assume that you can, since you can download & save files on PalmOS.
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    Very good question. If I couldn't browse to a website, download an mp3, word file, or pdf to the device to open/play/edit later..... That's not good and I would have to reconsider the Pre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beanis View Post
    Very good question. If I couldn't browse to a website, download an mp3, word file, or pdf to the device to open/play/edit later..... That's not good and I would have to reconsider the Pre.
    i agree I don't want to be restrited having to buy musing from amazon, it would make sense to have the ability to download a mp3 file or any other file.
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    I think there will be a way to get files off the web for the typical stuff that you might care about: images, mp3, pdf, etc...things for consumption on the device. However, I don't think it's at all clear that there would be a way to go to an ftp site, say, and download a general file and save it to your device. That kind of capability would make the USB mass storage more useful, and ease a little bit of the pain of not being able to tether (at least not out of the box).
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    I can't imagine the Pre not having this capability. Apple restricts the iPhone because the want to force you through their store for everything. Palm has made it clear they don't intend to do that.
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    Well we'll probably have reviews before June 6th so hold off and read some reviews and then decide.

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