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And just like that, the shakeup at Palm continues. A few days before HP eventually came public with their intentions to acquire the struggling cell phone maker, Michael Abbott, SVP of software and services, decided to bolt for the door. Now, another huge pillar at Palm has decided that the new HP-Palm is no place for him. Matias Duarte is heading for the exits at Palm (or what's left of Palm), but even though it's probably a name you're unfamiliar with, the ramifications could be significant. Mr. Duarte was considered a mastermind behind the WebOS design, which is Palm's new claim to fame and one of the first mobile operating systems on the planet to actively multi-task without a hack. WebOS... Read more...
It's still sinking in that Hewlett-Packard (of all companies) acquired Palm, and while the finalization has yet to occur, it's assumed that the paperwork will be only a formality. Once the companies came out about the news, the biggest question people had was about the future of WebOS, Palm's own mobile OS. WebOS was one of the first major mobile operating systems to support native multi-tasking (using a "cards" approach), and the Palm Pre was actually a fairly important phone for the company. Some say the exclusive deal with Sprint really killed all hopes of the phone ever truly taking off, but that's all water under the bridge at this point. Now, on HP's first conference call regarding financials... Read more...
The timing is strange, but regardless, WebOS has finally, officially landed on AT&T. The Palm Pre Plus isn't the newest smartphone on the market, but it's WebOS' first landing on America's largest GSM carrier. What's odd, though, is no one really knows about the future of WebOS, and the future of Palm as a whole lies entirely in the hands of HP, who decided to acquire the company a few weeks ago. Just under a week ago, AT&T confirmed that the Pre Plus was coming "soon," and today the phone officially went on sale. For all intents and purposes, this is the exact same phone that launched on Verizon Wireless a few months ago, except with a GSM radio instead of a CDMA radio, of course. What's... Read more...
HP still hasn't officially closed their deal to acquire Palm, but already the company is reportedly planning big things for their newly collected mobile operating system. Android has found itself on quite a few tablet PCs, so it makes sense to think that WebOS, which is another robust mobile OS with native multi-tasking, would do likewise. According to a new inside source listed at the Examiner, HP is already making big plans to replace the HP Slate that was reportedly put on hold indefinitely last week. Some are saying that the Windows 7-based HP Slate simply ran too slow, and adding CPU power would've hurt battery life too dramatically. Now that HP has WebOS, there's suddenly another option:... Read more...
Whoa. Could it be true? Hewlett-Packard's claim to fame in the tablet PC world has been killed? It's a wild and far-fetched story, but golly if it doesn't make a little bit of sense. HP's "Slate," which Microsoft Steve Ballmer flew all the way to Las Vegas for in order to demonstrate at CES, could be dead and buried internally, according to a source talking to TechCrunch this week. Reportedly, HP has completely "killed off" the Windows 7 Slate, which was supposed to hit the market this summer--just a few months after the iPad. This news comes just weeks after a Slate promo video made the rounds on the Web, but reportedly, HP isn't satisfied with the way Windows 7 reacted as a Tablet OS, and they... Read more...
Earlier in the month, it was being widely reported that Palm was being shopped around. Yes, the Palm that makes the rather successful Pre and Pixi phones, was or is up for sale. At that time, two of main potential suitors were HTC and Lenovo. HTC obviously felt like the best fit. Lately, HTC has shown that it has a penchant for creating fantastic hardware, but it has to rely on Google and Microsoft for software. It seemed as if buying Palm would give HTC the power they needed to move ahead as a standalone unit, pairing HTC hardware with the WebOS mobile operating system. But apparently, that's not to be, and if you've got a few billion laying around, you might as well jump in and get to bidding.... Read more...
Something is up at Palm. There's no more debate about that. Earlier in the week, there were all sorts of relatively believable reports that Palm was up for sale, with Lenovo and others being named as potential buyers. Of course, Palm has been struggling for years now in an attempt to reinvent itself, so hearing that the company may be purchased wasn't all that shocking. But this adds quite a bit of legitimacy to all of those beliefs, and moreover, it could indicate that something major is about to happen really soon. According to paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission here in the U.S., one of Palm's most notable and important senior vice presidents has announced that he will... Read more...
Talk about a change of plans. Over the weekend, we heard that Palm's boss (Jon Rubinstein) was confident that he could get things turned around. The company has had trouble lately keeping their stock price afloat, and they've also had trouble moving their two webOS phones, the Pixi and Pre (along with the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on Verizon Wireless). And while he may be firmly committed to Palm's future success, it seems that the success may lie in the hands of another parent. According to a breaking report from Bloomberg, Palm has officially put themselves "up for sale and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week." The report stemmed from quotes from three undisclosed persons familiar... Read more...
Palm has faced more than its fair share of setbacks in the past several months including disappointing sales of the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus with Verizon Wireless, revenue shortfalls, and rumors that the company might be sold. Many people are wondering if Palm has a future, and if so, what that future looks like. Recently, CEO Jon Rubinstein sat down with Fortune's Adam Lashinsky and put his cards on the table. Rubinstein was relatively candid in the interview, and admitted the smartphone maker has "hit a speed bump." When asked about a potential buyout, Rubinstein skirted the issue and said Palm has "$590 million in the bank" and "a plan to take us to profitability." Even with some cash and a... Read more...
Verizon Wireless recently slashed the prices on their Palm WebOS phones. After the price cuts, you can pick up not one, but two Pre Plus phones for $49 or two Pixi Plus phones for $29. Perhaps even more surprising is that Verizon is now offering the 3G Mobile Hotspot feature for free (the service previously cost $40 per month). Verizon's 3G Mobile Hotspot feature lets you share your smartphone’s 3G Internet connection with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices such as notebooks, netbooks, MP3 players, cameras, PDAs, and portable gaming system. With the price cuts, the Palm WebOS phones are definitely the best buy at Verizon right now. Thanks to the 3G Mobile Hotspot feature, the phones also offer... Read more...
Wow. There had been rumors that webOS would be coming to AT&T, but just a few weeks after the carrier grabbed their first Android phone (Motorola's Backflip), Palm has announced that the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will soon be on sale at AT&T. That leaves just T-Mobile USA out in America when looking at operators with webOS, but since AT&T and T-Mobile both use GSM technology, we would guess that T-Mobile will be getting this duo as well soon.Now, AT&T really does have the widest range of smartphone options, primarily because they're the only carrier with iPhone OS as well. AT&T is quick to point out that their Pre Plus and Pixi Plus  will be the "only Palm webOS devices... Read more...
When Palm demo'd the Pre a year ago in January, the phone was seen as the company's last chance to reverse its fortunes. Despite positive reviews and praise for the company's WebOS and Palm Pixi, the once-dominant cell phone and PDA manufacturer has continued to lose ground (and money). For Q3 2010 Palm reported a loss of $18.5 million. That's significantly better than a year ago, when the company lost $95 million, but the company's quarterly results are ominous for multiple reasons. First off, there's an awful lot of unsold inventory building up in partner stores. Palm may have shipped 960,000 phones last quarter (up 300 percent year-on-year), but its sell-through figures were much lower at... Read more...
Palm used the Game Developers Conference to announce a public beta version of its webOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK). The company is also showing off new games from early PDK developers at the conference. Palm tells us more about the PDK: The PDK complements the Palm webOS Software Development Kit (SDK), letting developers use C and C++ alongside the web technologies that power the SDK and mix them seamlessly within a single app. The PDK enables new functionality, including immersive 3D graphics, and gives developers who have built games for other platforms an easy way to bring their titles to the webOS platform. Developers can download the beta PDK and start developing today, but distribution... Read more...
Google's Android and Apple's iPhone OS are easily the leading two mobile operating systems in terms of sheer mindshare, but the coemption is heating up. Microsoft has just launched Windows Phone 7 Series (slated to ship later in the year), and Palm has just released their latest version of the multi-tasking webOS. Both the Pre and the Pixi are receiving the update, which has been distributed to both Sprint users and Verizon users (the latter of which own the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus).WebOS 1.4 is the first major update for Palm's mobile smartphone operating system in quite some time, and the changes are fairly significant. The list of fixes include a time zone bug that has been squashed, a network... Read more...
Palm stole the show at CES 2009 when it introduced the world's first webOS-based smartphone, but a year spent on Sprint's network has left it in the shadows of the iPhone and a slew of Android phones. This week, Palm's giving itself a second chance by shipping the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus onto America's most populated cellphone carrier.These two phones were originally introduced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and both are minor updates to the existing Pre and Pixi that are still for sale at Sprint. For those who aren't tied to any particular carrier at the moment, these two definitely feel more attractive. You get more storage and a broader 3G network, and the price points are the same.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 (EA Mobile)The Oregon Trail (Gameloft)Brain Challenge (Gameloft) “We are very excited about... Read more...
Well, well, what do we have here? It looks like Palm is upping the specs on its Pre smartphone with the introduction of the new Palm Pre Plus. This smartphone is headed to Verizon Wireless and will offer twice the internal memory of the original (16GB, with 15GB user available) as well as a Palm Touchstone Back Cover for charging. The new Palm Pixi Plus now features Wi-Fi and will also come to Verizon Wireless. Palm's also offering the new Palm mobile hotspot webOS app that lets you create a personal Wi-Fi cloud and share Internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Both new smartphones are expected to be available January 25th. Palm webOS Arrives On Verizon Wireless’ Network... Read more...
Apple has made no secret of its intentions to rival the likes of Sony and Nintendo in the handheld gaming market. They clearly feel that the iPod touch and iPhone 3GS have what it takes to make people think twice about shelling out for a dedicated gaming handheld and those $20-$40 games. But one phone player that has remained relatively quiet in the gaming space is Palm. Of course, you could say that Palm's just trying to nail the whole "calling and messaging" aspect before worrying over such extra matters, but leave it to the hacking/homebrew crowd to really demonstrate the Pre's potential. Over the New Year holiday, a couple of notable hacks came to light, and both involved Palm's first webOS... Read more...
It may not have arrived in time to be put under the Christmas tree on Friday, but Sprint did give us a happy start to the week by releasing webOS 1.3.5 today for the Palm Pre. Thanks to a mention from CEO Jon Rubinstein during Palm's Q2FY2010 earnings call, we knew the update was in the works and was scheduled to be released around CES next month, but Sprint's support website is listing today as the official release date. Sprint's changelog is pretty minimal, but it gives us a little peek at what the update will provide: WebOS – 1.3.5 Build 194 Sprint Config – 2.0 12/28/2009 This update includes enhancements to the following: Improvement in battery life optimization when in marginal coverage... Read more...
Those of you who plan to head out to the movies this weekend may be interested Google's new mobile version of its movie search service. The new mobile site is designed for use on various mobile devices including the Apple iPhone, Android devices, and Palm WebOS smartphones. The new search offering makes it easier for movie fans to plan their next theater trip while on the go. To access the new mobile service, point your mobile Web browser to google.com and search for movies. Tap the More Movies link and then browse to a list of movies or select the Theaters button to browse a list and view a map of theaters near you. The mobile listing of movies provides information about local show times as... Read more...
Palm made the Pixi official back in early September, but US consumers have been waiting on two important tidbits ever since: a price and release date. Now, finally, both Palm and Sprint have come forward to confirm both of those, and we're a bit perplexed by one.The November 15th on-sale date makes perfect sense. It's just before the holiday season, it gives people plenty of time to snap one up and it should hit after all of those Verizon Droid hubbub quiets down. No problems there. The issue here is the price.If you'll recall, Palm dropped the price of its Pre to $150 with a 2-year contract on Sprint, and some third-party resellers are actually offering it for $99.99 with a new 2-year Sprint... Read more...
It was a busy week for Palm; the resurgent smartphone designer both announced its Q1 2010 results and informed the world+dog that it would not support Windows Mobile in future products. The company's Q1 performance has received a bit more press than its move away from the Windows Mobile platform, and in Palm's case, the financial data is anything but clear. Palm's fiscal results for Q1 2010 are available here; the company's analyst call is transcribed after the financial data. Palm reports that it's successfully launched what it calls a "technology trifecta." The three prongs of the trident are the launch of the new Palm webOS, a new cloud services infrastructure, and, of course, the Palm Pre.... Read more...
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