Palm Pre will officially be on O2

Palm have officially announced that the Palm Pre will be exclusively on O2 in the UK, Ireland, and Germany, and Movistarin Spain (all Telefonica companies).

Unfortunately they were not quite as open about specific release dates, only saying that it would be "in time for the holidays". That Christmas and not summer holidays unfortunately.

palm-pre-gsm A nice long press release after the jump.

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More Palm Pre Rumours

Just because we love the feeling of disappointment when a rumour turns out to be false we have some more Palm Pre rumours. The Boy Genius Report is claiming that Palm and Sprint will "make a big announcement in the Wall Street Journal on May 19th." Unless they are declaring themselves bankrupt I can only … Read more

New WebOS screenshots emerge

We have just blogged over at our Palm Pre Blog about some new screenshots of the WebOS

This time we have some nice new screenshots of WebOS. This batch of screens leaked by a PalmPre developer didn’t actually originate on a real Pre – they were screen grabbed from the emulator that developers use to test their code (hence the OSX bar at the top)

The pictures show off what the Palm Pre looks like during a call, a one-touch panel for controlling wifi, toggling Airplane Mode, a setup page for Facebook, Google Mail and Microsoft Exchange (Synergy integration).the native Palm Pre Google Maps app and also some general setting pages.

webos-screenshot-sdk-7 More images after the Jump

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Rumour: Palm Pre coming to O2?

According to Palm Info Center Numerous Spanish media outlets are reporting today that Telefónica’s Movistar will exclusively offer the Palm Pre in Spain, UK and Latin America. The Spanish newspaper Expansion reports (Translated) that Telefónica will offer the Pre in Spain "before summer." More interestingly the paper also reports that Telefónica’s subsidiary brand O2, will … Read more

Palm Pre Official Specs

Over at our Palm Pre blog we just posted about Sprint releasing some official information regarding the Palm Pre. Ok well we know most of the Palm Pre’s specification anyway but print just updated their site with the Palm Pre’s specs and it does include some nice bits of information. The 2 main features to … Read more

Palm announces Palm Pre Smartphone running Web OS

pre_10 While more used to a business market Palm have decided to jump onto the consumer SmartPhone bandwagon launching a new phone presumably to compete with the like of the iPhone, Storm and G1.

Most interestingly the new phone, called the Pre, will not use Microsoft Windows Mobile like the normal Palm smartphones but use a new new integrated solution based on cloud computing called the Palm Web OS that is built on top of CMS, HTML and XML.

The Palm Pre will have the latest TI3 OMAP CPU, EV-DO Rev. A, 802.11b/g, GPS, Bluetooth, 8GB of internal storage, a 3MP camera with LED flash, MicroUSB connection, mass storage support, 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth A2DP support. The screen will be a 3.1 inch multitouch display with a 320 x 480 resolution.

Apparently the Pre with have a touchscreen gesture area right underneath the main display allowing for gesture controls which is supposed to make common tasks a breeze.

The phone will have a built in service called synergy which will allow you to log into multiple online sources including Google, Outlook and Facebook and synchronise your contact and calendar data without causing duplicates.

Another very interesting feature is that Palm have decided to dump the old charging methods and use inductive charging, dubbed touchstone. Inductive charging is where the device is place on a charging surface and it essentially charges up wirelessly. The technology has been around for several years now, and is most commonly used for electric toothbrushes, however beyond this they have not been a suitable solution for most consumer electronics as charging is slow.

I have to say I am quite liking the look of this new Palm, it certainly seems to tick a lot of the right boxes for my requirements in a phone. I think 2009 will be a big year for phones,

More images and video after the jump.

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