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10 years ago

This is Why We’re Hot… Another Pre Video Highlights its “Beauty"

This is Why We’re Hot… Another Pre Video Highlights its “Beauty"

by Annie Latham Wed, 18 Feb 2009 8:50 pm EST

  If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to take a gander at the 26-min Palm Pre video that Chris Davies posted at precommunity.com and on YouTube. He claims it is “one of the most complete demonstrations of the Pre that we’ve seen to date, showing app to app transitions without the covert tinkering Palm execs had to do with their pre-production devices at CES last month.”

It definitely reinforced why most of us are dying to get our hands on a Pre. The interface is hot. The way you navigate is hot. The way you can multi-task using “cards” is hot. Universal search is hot. Synergy is way hot. You get the point. This video may be preaching to the choir. But if Palm investors take the time to view it, they would definitely be pleased (and perhaps a bit relieved).

Note: I substituted hot for the word most often repeated in 26 minutes – beauty (and its companion phrase, “beautiful part”).

My colleague Jason weighed in on the new things he saw:

  • When a calendar event notification pops up, you're given the option to contact all the attendees via email
  • Confirms the earlier speculation PreCentral had on the "Add to Launcher..." browser menu item.

He also noted that they still don't explain what the "browser_page.png" file is that is part the “Sharing a Link” email.  It seemed to me that webOS somehow has the capability of making a thumbnail of the screen the URL points to, so the recipient of your message has a visual reference.

So yeah… the video is like an extended trailer for an amazing must see movie. Now if we could only move off the “Coming Soon” screen to an actual date, we all could at least start a countdown or something.
 

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10 years ago

WebOS Gaming: What to Expect and What Can Be Done

WebOS Gaming: What to Expect and What Can Be Done

by Jason Robitaille Wed, 18 Feb 2009 7:14 pm EST

When Palm announced the Mojo SDK would be html5/css/javascript format, you could practically hear a unified moan of disapproval by game developers and gamers alike.  The majority of the users out there are probably wondering why.

Well, games and emulators need to be able to run lots of code, quickly and efficiently. That's just not possible with Mojo; there isn't a javascript interpreter anywhere near as efficient as a native C SDK would be.  However that doesn't rule out everything, only the intensive processing applications.  Games like Bejeweled, Sudoku, and maybe even with a real good SDK, Warfare Inc. could be successfully ported to the Palm webOS.  Applications like LJP and The Quest on the other hand, we won't be holding our collective breath for those.

The Mojo SDK may not be designed for gaming, but the Pre's hardware certainly seems fit for it.  From its large multitouch screen, to its souped-up processor, the Pre certainly seems like a prime mobile gaming candidate. Just imagine: flip the the Pre into landscape mode and use the gesture area as a up/down/right/left control-pad area, or keep it in portrait and use the keyboard as the control buttons.  And with the Pre's bluetooth, you could maybe use an external gamepad even!  The hardware is there, but how could the games themselves run?  I've got 3 possibilities:

  1. A simple native C SDK.  This would probably require a fairly significant amount of work to implement, as the Palm webOS interface is basically all webkit-run.
  2. Embedded native applications. This would be a mix between the current Mojo SDK and a native C SDK.  Essentially the C-coded data would be embedded in the page, kind of like Google's NativeClient project, though again, this would be rather difficult to implement.
  3. Lastly is an opinion I didn't really consider at first: flash player.  If Adobe and Palm work together to create an optimal version of a flash player for the webOS that could take full advantage of the Pre's hardware, there could be a flurry of flash-based games that could work on the Pre.  Plus you'd have flash in its usual sense, able to browse youtube and such. An interesting prospect.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Feel free to comment and have your say.

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10 years ago

Pre at Apex of Smartphone Evolution

Pre at Apex of Smartphone Evolution

by Brian Hart Wed, 18 Feb 2009 3:07 pm EST

 

Some believe strictly in the theory of evolution. For some, it's creationism. There are those who delve deeper into the Great Chain of Being, where there's a place for everyone and everyone is in their place. Then there is intelligent design - a hybrid of evolution and creationism - where I believe the evolution of smartphones applies.

As you can see from the Twitter post above, eweek.com has posted an interesting and fun slideshow that, in the spirit of Darwin and in celebration of his 200th birthday, takes us back to the beginning when the first melding of PDA and cell phone emerged from the darkness. Of interesting note, the most evolved (and intelligently designed) smartphone is currently the Palm Pre! We here at Pre Central certainly don't need a consensus of the geek scientific community to tell US which smartphone sits at the top of the Great Chain of Being.

[eweek]

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10 years ago

Palm Pre Processor - TI OMAP 3430, running at 600MHz?

Palm Pre Processor - TI OMAP 3430, running at 600MHz?

by Dieter Bohn Wed, 18 Feb 2009 7:54 am EST

 

Actually, really, truly new information on the Palm Pre is hard to find, even here at Mobile World Congress 2009.  Palm's here and showing off the GSM Pre (see our full run down), but it's running the same ROM we saw at CES, Palm's sticking to the same talking points, and they won't let folks get their mitts on them for real (hey, at least Palm is open and chatty on Twitter).  One of the bits of information we've been trying to track down: just how fast is the processor on the Pre.

We already knew that the Pre sports the Texas Instruments OMAP3430 processor and that said processor is a speed demon.  The question about how many MHz it runs at is actually sort of moot  -- the webOS is all new and whatever the number is, it won't mean the same thing that number means on other platforms.  Still, it would be nice to know, hey?

Well, I stopped by the Texas Instruments booth today (find out more at WMExperts) and it turns out I missed my chance to see Palm and TI talking jointly about the processor.  I spoke to the TI rep and he said that, no, he wasn't positive about the Pre's clock speed, but that the OMAP3430 is typically clocked around 600 MHz and he was fairly sure the Pre wasn't boosting it up beyond that, though the proc is capable of 800GHz and 1GHz if you want to push it.  (For what it's worth -- and that may not be much -- Wikipedia also pegs the OMAP3430's default clock speed at 600.)

Now, some of you (especially you Windows Mobile folks) may balk at that number, but as I said clock speed doesn't mean as much as you might think.  First of all, a lot of the heavy lifting these days is done by a graphics processor.  Secondly, although this processor is technically an ARM processor, it's the new "ARM Cortex-A8," which basically means it's a beast and it can scale its speed depending on the need to save battery life.  Thirdly, again, we have no idea whether the webOS is heavily dependent on processor speed or not.

So... there you have it.  We still don't know, but 600MHz doesn't seem like a completely crazy guess.

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10 years ago

Sprint's New Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband

Sprint's New Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband

by Jennifer Chappell Tue, 17 Feb 2009 6:12 pm EST

Sprint announced February 16th that they've started offering a new plan for business and consumer customers that combines the unmatched value of Simply Everything with the productivity of wireless 3G for a laptop.

Enter The Simply Everything plan + Mobile Broadband giving customers:

  • The power of mobility with unlimited text
  • Picture and video messaging
  • GPS navigation
  • Email and Web surfing on their phone
  • Plus 5 GB of blazing Internet access on their laptop

Sprint customers get all this for $149.99 per month. (No additional discounts apply on Simply Everything plan or Mobile Broadband Connection plan.)

I've seen the new commercial with Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse in which he's riding in the back of a limo or taxi and he's on his laptop. He talks about the new plan and how it's so great for people on the go who live a wireless life. Hesse says that the plan can save you $599 per year.

Sprint says that the Simply Everything plan + Mobile Broadband allows customers to use their Mobile Broadband Card or USB modem to get ultra-fast acess to the Internet on their laptop.

At first, I was thinking this is great since the Pre can be used as a modem via Bluetooth tethering / Micro USB connector with USB 2.0. But... this plan really isn't about tethering, but is a plan for your smartphone (Simply Everything Plan), and getting Broadband on your laptop via your Mobile Broadband Card or USB modem.

Some of our forum members are discussing the plan now.

jhoff80 says:

Actually this plan is for a phone plus a USB modem. Nothing to do with tethering at all.

And cardfan replies:

Yep, this plan is for two devices. One being a smartphone and the other being an expresscard or usb modem that one usually uses on a laptop.

Before, it cost 99 + 59 a month. Now its 149. And costs the same as the SERO plans added together. Not real big news to be honest.

Most will want a cheaper (read free..lol) option of just tethering with the smartphone.

Fellow writer Brian Hart has posted up an article today about the Pre not being able to surf the net and call simultaneously on Sprint.

Do any of you plan to go for the Simply Everything plan + Mobile Broadband? Or are you satisfied with the plan you're on now?

At least we do know that the Pre can be used as a modem to tether. But I know that some people aren't too happy that they won't be able to talk and surf the net at the same time on the CDMA Sprint Pre.

10 years ago

Palm Pre Feature Roundup

Palm Pre Feature Roundup

by Jonathan Downer Tue, 17 Feb 2009 6:02 pm EST

With so much Pre news floating around all over the place lately, it can be hard to keep up. New features are being announced, and questions are being answered on a near daily basis. To help alleviate this problem, we’ve compiled a list of Known Pre Features, Missing Pre Features, and things we just don’t know about yet. When perusing the list (after the break), if you find anything to be missing or inaccurate, please let us know in the comments so we can keep this article as up to date as possible! 

 (Apologies for my bad pictures folks, hope to have my new copy of Photoshop this week!)

  Updated as of 2/17/09 @ 5:00pm (Thanks for the comments all!)

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10 years ago

Pre Can't Surf Net and Call Simultaneously on Sprint?

Pre Can't Surf Net and Call Simultaneously on Sprint?

by Brian Hart Tue, 17 Feb 2009 5:05 pm EST

 

As great, grand, and glorious as the Palm Pre will be, those using the Sprint version will find that their Pre has an Achilles Heel. Pam Deziel, Palm's vice president of software product management, confirmed at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. Sprint version of the Pre won't be able to surf the Internet and engage a call at the same time. Bummer!

The reason why the U.S. version of the Pre is affected this way is due to the EVDO network that Sprint uses in the U.S. - it can't run data and voice simultaneously. Data must be suspended while on a call, but resume when the call is completed. The Pre that will be released in Europe is a UMTS device for the European carrier's UMTS network. UMTS allows for simultaneous use of voice and data. Will this chink in the Pre's armor be enough to discourage any of you from buying the Sprint version? Will you wait for a GSM unlocked Pre instead?

Thanks, William, for the tip!

[pcmag]

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10 years ago

GSM Palm Pre on Vodafone

GSM Palm Pre on Vodafone

by Jennifer Chappell Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:30 am EST

As Dieter mentioned earlier this morning straight from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there are some GSM flavored Pre's floating around that are live on Vodafone's network.

Palm hasn't announced the GSM version of the Pre at MWC, but those GSM versions sure have been spotted. Seems that the folks over at Pre Community got a shot (above) of an actual Vodafone Spain SIM card in one of the Pre's being used for demonstrations at MWC.

It's very exciting to know that GSM Pre's are out there. That gives us GSM folks some hope. I was also excited to hear Dieter say that an updated OS is currently undergoing testing at Sprint and presumably will hit the GSM version too.

CrazyTexan, one of our forum members posted this after reading the above portion of Dieter's article:

"If the phone were not close to being launched, Sprint would not yet be doing their internal testing. I have a friend who does this sort of testing for another US carrier and he said when they begin their testing they start about one month before the phone is released. When they are doing their testing, training is writing documents for employee use. If they find any major bugs then it could take longer than a month, depending on how long it takes the manufacturer to update the software to fix the problems. My guess is if WebOS is stable and working with Sprint's network and software (NFL, SprintTV, Navigation, etc) we will see the Pre in about a month."

So if that's true, maybe we will see the Pre around the 15th of March afterall.

10 years ago

Palm Pre is Twittered

Palm Pre is Twittered

by Brian Hart Mon, 16 Feb 2009 9:49 am EST

I don't want just a 'taste' of the Palm Pre -- I want the whole thing! Until that blessed day, it is comforting to know that there are Pre sightings out in the wild. For instance, take a look at what Twitterer @DrumWild got his hands on.  How did DrumWild score a Pre? Is this a sign that the release date is drawing nigh? Rumors ran rampant that Feb. 15 was Pre-Day, but that appears to have been.....  wait for it.....   Pre-mature. Let's hope that rumors of March 15 being the launch date are true, or better yet, sooner! @DrumWild, if I follow you on Twitter, will you share that Pre you're holding?

[iwantapre.tumblr.com]

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10 years ago

Palm Pre Eyes-On, Plus Plenty of Pre Questions Answered

Palm Pre Eyes-On, Plus Plenty of Pre Questions Answered

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 16 Feb 2009 8:04 am EST

 

Just got back from my meeting with Palm (actually it was some time ago, but sketchy internet reigns supreme here at MWC09). The above would be the highlight of the trip: a real live working Pre in GSM flavor.  That's right folks, it's a GSM Pre.  It was live on Vodafone's network and running the same version of webOS we saw at CES, but that's about all the information I could glean about the GSM side of things.  An updated OS is currently undergoing testing at Sprint and presumably will hit the GSM version too.  As for what carriers the GSM Pre will land on, when, and if there will be an unlocked version, Palm was staying mum.

Fret not, though, gentle reader.  I had a smorgasbord of Pre and webOS questions to ask and actually managed to get answers to most of them.  Read on for all the nitty gritty on Synergy, developer support, and plenty more photos.  Oh, and get this, there are actually photos of a real, honest-to-god telephone call.  Using a smartphone to make a call -- imagine that!

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