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While many have marveled at the screen on the Palm Pre, some which knowledge have said that getting the screen "just right" is part of the reason for the limited stock on the device. Users in at least two Palm Pre forums have noted screen distortion or blotchiness on their new purchases. It should be noted that Apple has had issues with past versions of the iPhone as well, ranging from cracking cases to its own screen complaints. So don't slam Palm yet. On the other hand, there are also reports of crashes (but realistically, it's all software). Here's a thread at PreCentral, and one at EverythingPre. Apparently, Sprint stores are (if they have stock, good luck on that) replacing the units with... Read more...
June 6th, 2009, the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII, and quite possibly D-Day for Palm, as it introduced its new Palm Pre and Palm Web OS at Sprint stores, Best Buys, and Radio Shacks nationwide. Despite the assertions by Palm and Sprint that they didn't want long lines, they got 'em, and sold out at many stores as well. Lines were nowhere near as long as those for the iPhone and iPhone 3G launches, however, but purchasers were still happy with their new devices. Peter Lewis, who bought phones for himself and his wife at a Sprint store on Chicago's north side said: "I wanted their iPhone killer. I've been anticipating this for a while." Whether or not it's an iPhone... Read more...
Palm showed off the latest features of its webOS platform at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference. The three new features the company showcased included Palm media sync, the integration of Twitter in universal search, and a beta version of its App Catalog. Palm media sync can seamlessly synchronize music with iTunes, providing a simple and easy way to transfer DRM-free music, photos, and videos to your Palm Pre. To use this feature, all you have to do is connect your Pre to your Mac or PC, select media sync on the phone, and choose which DRM-free media files to transfer. The Pre can also act as a mass storage drive, letting you side-load your media content. The Pre will... Read more...
What appears to be an official Sprint Palm Pre "Launch Guide" has now apparently been leaked in full. The first appearance of the document was at the Precentral forums, by a poster who said "The rep sent me a Pre Launch Guide intended for Sprint internal use only." The 23-page document has a lot of what can only be called "advertising," but in addition, it has a great deal of interesting information. Employees are our best advocates; however, due to anticipated high demand, employee availability will be delayed to first meet the needs of our customer base (we're guessing this would apply to Palm employees as well). Employee Wireless Discounts and Wireless Advantage Club accounts are not eligible... Read more...
At long last, we can wonder no longer. After waiting months and months, Palm and Sprint have finally come to an agreement on when the company's forthcoming flagship product will launch: June 6th. Originally announced this past January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the much-hyped Pre was slated to hit Sprint sometime during the first half of this year. Until today, however, we've had no idea what exact day that would be.The smartphone will be the first ever to utilize Palm's newly created webOS operating system, and obviously it will be offered exclusively from Sprint. The phone will be on sale starting June 6th across America in Sprint  stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select... Read more...
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that contrary to reports, Best Buy will not have retail exclusivity on the Palm Pre as many have reported. Instead, Wal-Mart will also sell the expected-to-be-hot new device. The tidbit of information comes from a story that focuses on Wal-Mart's plans to fill the gap left by the closure of Circuit City, battling it out with the likes of Best Buy and Amazon.com. Wal-Mart already sells Apple's iPhone, the smartphone that the Palm Pre has directly in its sights, but recent reports have indicated that Wal-Mart sales have not lived up to expectations. The recession certainly has not helped, although Wal-Mart has not been badly hit. Last Thursday, Wal-Mart posted... Read more...
We've said before that releasing the Pre after WWDC, which takes place starting June 9th, would be a big mistake. Reinforcing a prior rumor that the Palm Pre would launch on June 7th is a new one, which states that Best Buy will have stock on June 8th.However, accoding to BGR, what Best Buy, Palm, and Sprint may call "stock" may be as few as one Pre per store, also known as "whoopee!"According to the report, Best Buy will be a limited set of Pre handsets for a "trial launch."  There will be 4,500 units spread across the country in Best Buy Mobile locations.Pricing is reportedly still being discussed but the pricing given to BGR is pretty much what we've heard before: new customers with a... Read more...
Showing that the hype has even affected them, iSuppli on Wednesday released a "virtual teardown" of the Palm Pre, not bothering to wait for an actual device. Based on iSuppli estimates that rely on a Mobile Handset Cost Model, as well as experts in memory, displays, baseband, component pricing, mobile handsets and wireless connectivity, the cost of the Pre for Palm comes to $170.02. Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless communications, for iSuppli said: "The similarity in features between the Pre and the iPhone clearly reveals the mark Palm is trying to hit. "The use of a multi-touch screen—a key allure of the iPhone—and Palm’s innovative webOS operating system, are likely to allow the pre to appeal... Read more...
We've said before that introducing the Palm Pre after WWDC would be bad for Palm, as by then the hype over the new iPhone and iPhone OS 3.0 will make excitement over the Pre announcement, ahem, rather subdued. It now appears that rumors of a mid-May launch of the Palm Pre may be false, but there is now another date given, leaked at SprintGuys, of June 7th. Before you say, "but that's a Sunday," yeah, it is, but Sprint has never been shy about using Sunday for launch dates. Here's what was said in the post: For those asking about the Pre, there are 2 release windows, one is around 6/7/09 - the other I cannot say much on.June 7th is one day before WWDC. The question is, would a 24 hour window give... Read more...
Howard Stern has been a Palm Treo user for a long time, but (sorry, Palm) he hasn't migrated to a Centro, and he's been looking for a new smartphone. He's been considering the BlackBerry Bold, but Palm (who has been really tight about giving out Palm Pres to anyone) shipped him a Pre for a short demo over the weekend, but ... But, at least for now, he's chosen the BlackBerry Bold. The reason, he said on his show, is because of lack of Lotus Domino (Notes) support on the Pre. He wanted to be up-and-running on Notes from the start, not waiting for Palm to add support. Naturally, the Pre will come with ActiveSync support, but Domino and Lotus Notes, Palm probably never thought would be a deal breaker.... Read more...
Eschewing CTIA for their announcement, Palm spoke at the Web 2.0 Expo on Wednesday night, and announced a number of things, including the fact that Palm OS emulation will be available on the Palm Pre, via third party developer MotionApps. Of course, you'll have to pay for the emulator, which they call Classic. There's no pricing or release information yet, but from what I understand, the emulation doesn't run directly in the Palm Web OS. It runs in a sandbox. Thus, it would work best with self-contained applications (like perhaps a game). According to Palm's press release, Classic apps won't have access to core Web OS functionality, so apps that tightly integrate with Palm OS might not fare well.... Read more...
Whoa, brother. Talk about lighting the world on fire with a single interview. Palm investor Roger McNamee has reportedly stated that loyal iPhone users will be jumping at the chance to ditch their cellphone in favor of the upcoming Pre (a Sprint exclusive), which has led to all sorts of opinions on the matter. So we figured, why not one more? The exact quote was this: "You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later." The "month later" bit refers to a month after Palm's much hyped new smartphone launches sometime in the first half of this year, and while it's perfectly... Read more...
Sprint has been facing hard times of late, and is looking for the Palm Pre to boost their sales. What to do until then, hmmm? Well, they've initiated a referral program, whereby you can try to sucker, er, get your friends to sign up for Sprint before the Palm Pre launches. The program only lasts until 3/31. Strangely, the fine print says: "Accounts are limited to 12 referrals per year." You mean in the rest of the month? Perhaps they are looking to continue the program after this month if things go well. Referrers will get a $100 Visa debit card. Referrals will get a $25 Visa debit card. To refer someone, go to Sprint's web site and send an email to your friend(s). If your friend buys a new Sprint... Read more...
Sprint released their Q4 2008 results on Thursday. It wasn't pretty. Yet their stock soared nearly 20%. Why? Sprint lost 1.3 million net wireless customers in the quarter. Overall, in 2008, Sprint lost 4 million customers. At the same time, in Q4 2008, Sprint had a net loss of $1.62 billion, or $0.57 a share, on revenue of $8.43 billion. Yet the stock rose $0.54 a share, 19.93%. Once again, why? The Palm Pre, and a rumor, that's why. An anonymous source told CNBC that Sprint has exclusivity on the Palm Pre until the end of 2009. That was enough to send the stock rising.  Of course, this morning it's dropped about $0.14, or 4.5%, but who's counting? The Palm Pre was introduced at CES in January.... Read more...
Nokia has officially announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, that it is launching an app store for its smartphones, which Nokia is calling the Ovi Store. The Ovi Store will be open to developers to upload content starting next month, and it will be ready for users to start downloading content beginning in May. The Ovi Store comes on the heels of Apple's highly successful App Store for its iPhone and iPod touch devices, and the growing Android Market for the nascent Android platform. "The Ovi Store will consolidate the best experiences from the current content services including Download!, MOSH and WidSets to a single channel... The content will range from applications,... Read more...
Adobe has announced today at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, that it is working on a new version of its Flash Lite Distributable Player, which is designed to bring Adobe Flash 10 functionality to smartphones. The Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player is available now as a beta for 11 Windows Mobile and 11 Nokia S60 (Symbian OS) devices (the list of compatible phones can be found here). According to Adobe, "Flash content reaches over 98% of Internet viewers with over 30M swf files online today. Moreover, 80%+ of web video is in Flash." Which means that any mobile device that doesn't support Flash is potentially missing out on a significant portion of the available... Read more...
There is no denying the popularity of Apple's App store, which offers free and paid applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. By some reports, almost 21,000 apps are currently available for download from the App Store--a very impressive metric, considering that the App Store is only seven months old. But the iPhone is not the only smartphone with a centralized location from where users can download applications for their devices; and the marketplace for smartphone downloads is about to get a lot more crowded. Right now the only real "competition" to Apple's App Store is the Android Market. Presently, anyone using an Android-based phone can download applications from the Android Market, which... Read more...
Wednesday at the Thomas Wiesel Technology and Telecom Conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Palm president and CEO Ed Colligan spoke to investors about the Palm Pre, as well as "veiled" threats by Apple against the multi-touch feature in the Palm Web OS. Here's what Colligan said with regards to a potential patent dispute:The whole area of patents is elaborate; a lot of issues there, and a very complex area. One of the things we've done over 15 years is build a very extensive patent portfolio in the mobile computing space, one of the highest-rated patent portfolios in this space, which contains more than 1,500 patents. And the reason you do that is to have a defensive position in... Read more...
If not for an Apple intervention, Google’s G1 Android smartphone may have been a little smarter. Many people have wondered why the G1 lacks multi-touch capabilities, even though the phone has been shown to be multi-touch capable. As a legal battle between Palm and Apple wages on over Palm’s use of multi-touch in its new Pre smartphone, more details are beginning to emerge about why Google may have chosen to overlook these capabilities. It’s no secret that Apple and Google have a bit of a relationship, considering Google's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, is on Apple's board. In addition, although the companies compete in some sectors, they have a relatively healthy financial relationship over all.... Read more...
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