Items tagged with Palm Pre

Research In Motion has reportedly trimmed its list of future BlackBerry 10 devices down to just a single handset, The upcoming device, BlackBerry London. Up until now, RIM was working on the BlackBerry Colt, which was supposed to be the first BlackBerry OS 10 device. Betting everything on just one handset is a risky move--the company is putting all its eggs in one basket--but it might be the correct one. In this case, software is far more important than hardware. RIM doesn't need to deliver best-in-class specs half so much as it needs an operating system and product strategy that get people excited... Read more...
Come Sunday May 16th, AT&T will begin offering the Palm Pre Plus, fleshing out the wireless carrier's stable of high-end smartphones that currently include HTC's Pure, several BlackBerry devices, a little known smartphone from Apple called the iPhone, and a spattering of other models. The Palm Pre Plus will run $150 after mail-in-rebate and with a 2-year service agreement. That's considerably more than what Verizon's charging for the same smartphone, who sells the device for just $50, and also more than Sprint, who sells the Pre for $100. So why shell out more dough for AT&T? Good question,... Read more...
Like a caped avenger, Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week swooped in and scooped up Palm, saving the day for the struggling smartphone maker who, up to that point, was faced with an uncertain future. In the wake of the acquisition, Verizon has gone and slashed the price of Palm's HP's two webOS smartphones, the Palm Pre and Pixi. These aren't minor price cuts either, but fairly significant ones. The Palm Pre Plus is now selling for just $29 with a 2-year contract, which is $120 less than the original price just four short months ago. That's a pittance to pay for a high-end device with 16GB of storage,... Read more...
Despite its new smartphone platform, webOS, Palm isn't out of the financial woods yet.  And if you read the OTR Global report today that said that Palm was halting its production lines for its webOS products, you might have sold off all your Palm stock. Thing is, it's all about a holiday, not bad news from Palm.Many global firms are experiencing this: anything going on in China will be halted next week for Chines New Year. Thus, this shutdown shouldn't be used as a reason to panic, but rather evidence that globalization has its bumps.Here's the official statement. It should be noted that Palm... Read more...
3D gaming has come to the Palm webOS platform. During CES, Palm introduced several graphics-intensive game titles for webOS. The titles come from leading game developers such as EA Mobile, Gameloft, Glu Mobile, and Laminar Research. In all, seven 3D games were introduced, including: “Need for Speed Undercover” (EA Mobile)“The Sims 3” (EA Mobile)“MONOPOLY” (EA Mobile)“Asphalt 5: Elite Racing” (Gameloft)“Let’s Golf!” (Gameloft)“Glyder 2” (Glu Mobile)“X-Plane” (Laminar Research) In addition to these 3D games, five other mobile game titles were also introduced: Tetris (EA Mobile)Sudoku (EA Mobile)SCRABBLE... Read more...
This is somewhat akin to those experiments where people try to run over iPhones or iPods with a car, just because they can do it. One would have to ask, are you that dissatisfied with your Palm Pre that you want to drop it in beer? According to the video, this was the third Pre this person owned, as the screen kept cracking. His boss said he would buy him an iPhone if he ditched the Pre, so there you go. The beer? Miller Lite. The sad thing is that neither the Palm Pre nor the iPhone can play Flash in their browsers, so neither can view this as yet. On the other hand, the Pre is going to get it... Read more...
Palm, realizing that the difference between 85,000 apps in the App Store, 10,000 apps in the Android Marketplace, and 100 apps in the App Catalog may be a lot of Palm Pre sales, has decided to spur application development and approval in a much more open manner than, say, the iPhone App Store does. As opposed to requiring submission to the App Catalog, along with a lengthy approval process, as with the App Store, Palm will allow developers to do self-certification, certifying that their app meets the Palm User Interface Guidelines and Palm Application Content Criteria. When submitted as such, developers... Read more...
Sure, it was leaked a couple of weeks ago, so we knew to some extent what was coming, but it wasn't until Monday that webOS 1.2 was officially released. The big news is (finally) support for paid apps in the App Catalog, but besides that, Palm notes a bunch of new features (and doesn't tell us about all the bugs they fixed): Filter emails in the current folder just by typing a search term. Download files in the browser.Amazon MP3 Store can now download songs from either WiFi or WAN. Tap a phone number in a calendar note to dial it Pause a podcast and, by default, you’ll pick up where you left off... Read more...
If you've been waiting to get your hands on the Palm Pre, but don't have a lot of cash to spend, now's your chance. Assuming you're willing to go through the rebate process, you can pick up a Palm Pre for just $79.99 from Walmart with a 2-year agreement. This price is after a $100 mail in rebate. This isn't the first time we've seen a good deal on the Pre—In July, Best Buy accidentally lowered the price on the phone to $99. That glitch was quickly fixed. Of course, the price of a phone tends to drop quickly these days, so if you missed out on the Best Buy deal a few months ago, here's your second... Read more...
A post yesterday at TheStreet.com had to send both Palm employees and Palm stockholders into a tizzy. The site said that Verizon had decided to pass on any webOS devices, but Friday, other sites and analysts disputed that claim. Thr original rumor noted that Verizon was not happy with Pre sales so far (though realistically, Verizon should take the fact that it was Sprint that was selling the device, considered the #3 carrier in the U.S.) and also that Verizon wanted to focus on its VCast application and download store, rather than Palm's App Catalog. However, today analysts are chiming in, disagreeing... Read more...
The adjunct to the Palm Pre is to be officially announced this week, according to sources speaking to TechCrunch. The new phone, with a QWERTY keyboard, was leaked before the Pre even launched on Sprint, as an AT&T device named EOS, and codenamed "Pixie." If this is true, it's another case of Palm doing an important announcement / launch around the same time as an Apple event. When the Palm Pre launched it did so just days before Apple held WWDC and launched the iPhone 3GS. Curious timing, in effect. Apple's annual music-focused event is on Wednesday. Palm has never confirmed the existence... Read more...
V-MODA introduced a new metal headphone with microphone that will be available exclusively at Best Buy. The new Faze headset is universally compatible with all iPhones, iPods, Blackberries, Palm Pres, MP3 players, and computers. It comes with a 2.5mm adapter for use with BlackBerry smartphones and three pairs of black and clear silicone fittings for a personalized fit. V-MODA claims the Faze “offers an upgraded listening experience from traditional headphones, offering its user the finest in sound and style.” The headset incorporates a hands-free microphone and a call/music control button that... Read more...
In the latest Big Brother-ish story to hit, a developer has discovered that the Palm Pre and Palm webOS know way too much about him than he wants. Not only does it upload location-based information to Palm, it also uploads data about his application usage. webOS also reports back crash log information to Palm. Of course, many PCs and smartphones do this as well. It would surprise us if you have never seen a request to send crash data to Microsoft on Windows or Windows Mobile. Thing is, in those cases, you usually get some sort of prompt asking if you want to send the collected data, or not. Honestly,... Read more...
Palm may have released its Mojo SDK Beta for webOS developers earlier this month, but we've yet to see any real action spawn from it. In contrast, it only took developers a matter of days with Apple's iPhone SDK to start pumping out quality software, and now the App Store has well over 65,000 programs to choose from.Still, we can't help but be excited by the news that two more applications are now available in Palm's App Catalog. They aren't ground breaking by any measure, but they're definitely worthwhile and definitely act as signs that progress is happening. The first new application, which... Read more...
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