American computer giant Hewlett-Packard announced today that Stephen DeWitt will be taking over from Jon Rubinstein as Senior Vice President and general manager of its web OS Global Business Unit, with responsibility for all aspects of web OS. Rubinstein was named as a senior vice president for product innovation for all products within the Personal … Read more
After HP took over the Palm brand of mobile phones in it’s attempt to get into the smartphone market we’ve been waiting to see what will come out of the PC giants stable. Well first we’ve got the HP Veer. A small smartphone more than capable of delivering the goods that a large smartphone could … Read more
We spoke a while back about the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi appearing to get a US release and ot on in the UK and our Yankee cousins have been benefitting from having the two Palm webOS smartphones on sale for a while now. Well it appears the UK might actually be getting them as … Read more
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.
Via our Palm Pre Blog. A lot of people were hoping that Palm would announce the launch data and pricing of the Palm Pre in yesterdays keynote. Unfortunately this was not the case, they did however announce that the Palm would receive an emulator and they also announced they are not taking applications for an … Read more
Via our Palm Pre Blog. Good news for all you Palm OS fans, Palm have announced that third-party developer MotionApps will be making a Palm OS emulator available for purchase to coincide with the launch of the Pre. The application will be utilize the mass storage mode of the device to allow for drag-and-drop of … Read more
Boygeniusreport have made a post regarding some cool little features of webOS that may of gone unnoticed. The features were dug up by BGRs Sarah during a recent interview with Roger MacNamee of Elevation Partners. MacNamee stated that: But better than that, it does stuff for you. So when you wake up in the morning, … Read more
I will class this one very much as a rumour and take it with a pinch of salt, but we can hope. According to Intomobile the Palm Pre will be launching next month – possibly as soon as February 15. The tip seems a little weak with Intomobile stating The tip comes from a TreoCentral … Read more
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,