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 about BlackBerry phones again. RIM could give the upcoming London a major performance boost compared... 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, though for a limited time, AT&T is throwing in a free Palm Touchstone induction-based charger... 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, 3G capabilities, slide out keyboard, and touchscreen display, among other goodies. If you'd rather,... 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 says that production was ramped up pre-holiday to be sure there were enough Verizon devices for... 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 (EA Mobile)The Oregon Trail (Gameloft)Brain Challenge (Gameloft) “We are very excited about... 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 soon, whereas the iPhone ... who knows if it will ever 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 will receive a unique URL they can use in any way they wish. Users who click on the URL will... 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 when you unpause. Web pages and emails are now cut-and-paste-able. What's missing: still no video... 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 chance. Key features of the Palm Pre include: Palm synergy links contacts and calendars from Outlook,... 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 with that report. An example is Deutsche Bank’s Jonathan Goldberg, who in a research note this... 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 of the Eos, but it's pretty much a given that it will be an AT&T device, and "mystery" Palm devices... 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 lets users switch between talking on the phone and listening to music. The headset features a lightweight,... 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, it's transparency that's lacking here. People tend to forget all information silently sent along... 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 is available to Palm Pre owners today for free, is OpenTable. For those familiar with the online version,... Read more...
All those who were angry on Sunday, please calm down. Despite the fact that the sales force and the computers seemed to think it was a one-week promotion, that price drop to $99 for the Palm Pre on Sunday was nothing more than a glitch. The confusion began when a picture of an in-store banner promoting a week long special of a $99 Pre with a 2-year contract was posted online. While it turns out it was a mistake, and announced as such via Twitter by Best Buy marketing manager John Bernier on Sunday afternoon, the deal somehow got programmed into vendor systems and people were able to walk into retail stores and get the price, or even a price match, if they had purchased the Pre recently enough.... Read more...
Developers and Palm Pre owners received some good news yesterday when Palm announced the public release of its Mojo Software Development Kit for the webOS platform. Palm also announced a new developer portal, Palm webOSdev. This portal has FAQs, forums, and all of the associated documentation for the SDK. Palm plans to open the app submission process to all developers this fall. New applications are already in the pipeline thanks to Palm’s early access program. The initial response to Palm webOS apps from both developers and customers has been enthusiastic. In the initial beta stage, over 1.8 million apps were downloaded from the beta App Catalog. Palm says thousands of developers participated... Read more...
It was expected, and here it is. Apple has updated iTunes to 8.2.1 and by doing so, has blocked the ability of the Palm Pre to use iTunes. One of the release notes with regards to the app states: iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple Devices.None of this is surprising. One has to wonder what Apple did to block the Palm Pre, as it appeared that Palm was using the hardware ID of an iPod. In June, Apple warned that the Pre's spoofing wouldn't work for long: "Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple... Read more...
On Friday, July 10th, the iTunes App Store turned one year old. Yes, it was only shortly over a year ago that Apple launched the iPhone 3G, an SDK, and the App Store to hold the (currently more than 50,000 apps). Naturally, when you go to iTunes, you get a promotional announcement: Light a candle and cue the music. OK, forgive us for sounding like doting parents, but we're just so proud--having watched the App Store go from promising newcomer to full-fledged revolutionary. To celebrate its first birthday, we've gathered some of our favorite games and apps. Part fun. Part function. Entirely amazing.And this is still the biggest advantage the iPhone has over the Palm Pre: the sheer number of apps... Read more...
MotionApps, which we wrote about earlier, has released one of the few apps available for Palm's Pre and its webOS platform: an emulator that allows you to run Palm OS applications. On Friday, they launched Classic Well, a community-driven Web site that tracks Palm OS "Classic" app compatibility. Here's what the site says: Classic Well is a user driven forum where Palm OS user community can report on and discuss Palm OS apps run in Classic. Users can share how those apps behaved and provide recommendations and feedback valuable to both other users and Palm OS developers. Obviously, not everything will run in the emulator, which is called (naturally) Classic. The more self-contained an application... Read more...
On Sprint’s Facebook page, we find a new ad that is directed at 1st generation iPhone users. The ad brings to light the fact that the new Palm Pre can run multiple applications at the same time and can save users up to $1,200 over two years compared to the iPhone.The ad also suggests that since many 1st generation iPhone users are just getting out of their contracts, now is the perfect time to make the switch to Sprint and the Palm Pre. Sprint’s new and upcoming 4G network, the first of its kind from a national carrier, is also used as a compelling feature to try to convince users to make the switch.As Sprint explains below the ad, “You can have a mighty fancy phone, but it’s only as good as... Read more...
We've heard before that Bill Gates' children can't get iPhones or iPods. Now Microsoft, in a move said to be cost-cutting, yet which will appear as somewhat sour grapes, is apparently cutting off the data plans of MS folks who are not using WinMo devices. In the past, Microsoft has paid for the data plans for the personal smartphones of MS employees, but they will no longer be doing so for iPhones, BlackBerrys, Palm Pres and other non-WinMo platform smartphones, even if the phones are used primarily for business, according to Silicon Alley Insider. Apparently the change took place earlier this year, but only hit the news via SAI. In reality, none of this should be a shock. Why should Microsoft... Read more...
New iPhone 3GS or no, Palm's new device, the Palm Pre, set sales records for Sprint last weekend. By late Sunday, the Palm Pre had broken previous sales records (first day and first weekend) for a Sprint device. Here's what Dan Hesse, Sprint President and CEO trumpeted (I'm sure happily) in a press release: "Sprint is a very different company than it was 12 months ago. Palm Pre is the coming out party for the new Sprint. It is the perfect device that highlights all of the positive changes in our company, including our revolutionary Ready Now retail store experience, greatly improved customer care, unmatched value pricing plans and America's most dependable 3G network.”A personal interest story... Read more...
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