Palm launches Flash new Pre and Pixi Plus phones

Palm unveiled two new handsets, one new carrier and a raft of new app and software features at CES today. Both the Pre and the Pixi get refreshes, wi

Palm unveiled two new handsets, one new carrier and a raft of new app and software features at CES today. Both the Pre and the Pixi get refreshes, with a cleaner design (the central nav buttons have disappeared) and an exclusive new carrier in the US - Verizon Wireless.

The Palm Pre Plus has its internal memory doubled to 16GB and ships with an inductive back cover to work with the cool wireless Touchstone charger out of the box. The Pixi Plus will have Wi-Fi added, and be available in a range of primary colours.

The biggest changes, though, are on the software side. In February, a new over-the-air update to webOS will add Flash 10 Beta browsing and video recording. Added to that are an app database that's being opened up to all developers, a million-dollar bonus scheme for the most popular apps downloaded and plug-in development kit.

Sounds dull? Not when you see what the first developers have done with it: the pumped-up Pre will get some stunning 3D games from the likes of EA Mobile, Glu and Gameloft, including Sims 3 and a blistering Need For Speed: Undercover.

Gadget freaks aren't left out either. A new app called Mobile Hotspot promises to turn your Pre into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices (although there will be some cost attached).

The new handsets go on sale here in the US in April, pricing TBC.