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10 years ago

Pre to Support Flash by Year's End

Pre to Support Flash by Year's End

by Brian Hart Mon, 16 Feb 2009 5:20 am EST

 

Palm has joined Adobe's Open Screen Project, which means the Pre, along with other future webOS handsets, will eventually support Flash when the mobile Flash player is available. Why is this exciting news? Since the webOS SDK is laden with web technologies, it means that more developers may be attracted to the webOS platform for Flash-based apps. The Pre and it's capabilities are looking more powerful all the time. Having Flash in the palm of our hands is a GOOD thing!

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10 years ago

Palmer Plays With A Pre

Palmer Plays With A Pre

by Jason Robitaille Mon, 16 Feb 2009 3:25 am EST

Bear with us through this, as we don't know Chinese and are relying on Google Translate for most of this.  It would appear that a user named Palmer got a chance to try out the Pre with some rather interest-peaking information.

In one thread, he shows a photo of the Pre on iFanr.com, which goes a long way to validate his other details.  Palmer then goes on to say that the Pre device that he has (a prototype maybe?) doesn't have any Chinese support.  However there does appear to be some rumbling of adding Chinese via hacking into the Pre's Linux.  Could this imply the Pre has root access? Doubtful, but stranger things have happened.

In another thread, Palmer says that it appears the battery life is only about half a day with heavy usage of video, music and internet. We pray that's wrong, but at least the Pre has a replaceable battery.  He then goes on to mention Vodafone will have a GSM version, affirming what we've suspected for a while now.  Palmer goes on to compliment the sturdiness of the Pre; after accidentally dropping the device on a concrete floor, the device stills works fine. Let's hope not all of us have to go through such measures to test build quality.

In a third thread, Palmer brings up the point that while the Pre may be optimized for one-handed navigation, some things are just out of reach of a thumb.  That's not too much of a worry, though still good to keep in mind.

One should also keep in mind that it's very possible that Palmer's device could be just a prototype, which would explain the bad battery life and lack of Chinese support.  Only time will tell.  Hopefully we'll know more details in a few days at MWC.

[The iFanr forums via Treo8 via TreoCentral forums]

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10 years ago

First Official Resource for webOS Programming Released!

First Official Resource for webOS Programming Released!

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 16 Feb 2009 2:12 am EST

Palm and coding gurus O'Reilly media have announced that they've release a free programming resource called  "Palm webOS: Developing Applications in JavaScript Using the Palm Mojo(TM) Framework" that they're distributing right now at http://developer.palm.com/ .  Indeed, the first chapter is already up online in both HTML and PDF form!

The book is being published literally as it's being written, led by Palm Vice President and Software Chief Technology Officer Mitch Allen and members of the webOS development team.  Palm and O'Reilly are also teaming up for present a developer's webcast on February 25th.

The books gives developers a chance to learn what they'll need to know prior to the actual release of the Mojo SDK -- when that happens, Palm and O'Reilly will publish the book in full.

There's a bit more here, so we're putting the entire press release after the break.  Can you feel the excitement yet?

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10 years ago

Palm Pre at MWC09

Palm Pre at MWC09

by Dieter Bohn Sun, 15 Feb 2009 7:09 pm EST

 

We'd already head that Palm was looking to make some waves at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  I'll be hitting their booth first thing tomorrow morning to talk to Palm.  In the meantime, thewelsh1 tweeted the above photo, catching an out-in-the-open ad for the Palm Pre.

We're sincerely hoping that we'll get some news about a GSM version of the Pre here at MWC09, especially since, as we expected, February 15th has just about come and gone with nary a peep about the Palm Pre.  Go on and drown your sorrows here.

Thanks to nlowhor for the find!

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10 years ago

Can Pre survive the economy?

Can Pre survive the economy?

by Jonathan Downer Sun, 15 Feb 2009 5:38 pm EST

  
In all the hubbub of the Pre announcement at CES last month, we missed an article by eWeek that takes a more sobering look at Palm’s situation, and just how important the Pre is to the company’s survival. They don’t seem to be feeling much of the excitement, and rather critically point out some of Palm’s recent shortcomings in the market place (mainly the lack of any “killer” devices), and that Pre might struggle to gain a foot hold in the face of turbulent economic times, and a host of stiff competition.

While I agree that Palm and Sprint aren’t exactly in the best of positions, I think the article is overly harsh. It’s true that the economy isn’t exactly in stellar shape, but I think that might just play into Sprint and Palm’s favor, rather than work against them. eWeek suggests that to further help themselves, Palm should look to sell the device in as many places as possible, and I honestly agree. The more places the Pre is sold, the more it will be advertised, and the more it will be recognized. I’d love to see it show up in places like Wal-Mart, Target, and anywhere else Palm can think of. I’m convinced that consumers just need to get their hands on the device, and then Pre and WebOS will sell themselves. If they can do that while shopping in Wal-Mart, all the better.

What are your thoughts? Is the article on the spot, or too harsh/too easy? Do you think Pre needs to be a quick hit to survive, or can it afford to build up a user base more slowly?

(Thanks David for the tip!)

 

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10 years ago

Around SPE for 16 February, 2009

Around SPE for 16 February, 2009

by Jennifer Chappell Sun, 15 Feb 2009 5:35 pm EST

With our editor-in-chief, Dieter Bohn off in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the inmates site editors are left running Around SPE this week. So, while he'll be breaking news and giving us some hands-on observations on all the new software and hardware on display, we'll be keeping you covered here at home, starting with a quick recap of where we are right now:

CrackBerry.com

In the world of BlackBerry, T-Mobile customers were happy to see the official roll out of the next-generation BlackBerry Curve 8900 this week. With AT&T said to be dropping support for 2G phones, there has been some worry that this new Curve wouldn't come to AT&T, but with the 8900 SKU now showing up on AT&T systems, it's likely the device will launch there in the next month.

The BIG new this week comes from the CrackBerry Podcast. Kevin was in NYC on for a RIM Business Solutions Press Preview. While there, he and Craig recorded a podcast, and for the first time had an employee from Research in Motion on the show. Joined by Mike Kirkup, Manager of Developer Relations, they tackle a bunch of topics from the upcoming App Store to OS 5.0 and whether or not Flash support will appear in a BlackBerry browser and more! Listen Here.

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10 years ago

Whopping 35min CES Demo Found on YouTube

Whopping 35min CES Demo Found on YouTube

by Jason Robitaille Sun, 15 Feb 2009 5:27 pm EST


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Yet another new CES 2009 Palm Pre demo has surfaced, and this one is a massive 35minutes long! The presentation includes almost all the aspects of the Palm Pre, from the Touchstone to Synergy to connectivity and media.  Most of the it we've already seen demonstrated, but there are a few new and noteworthy details in this video:

  • 01:43 - If a Pre receives a call while on the Touchstone, removing the phone from the Touchstone will answer the call.
  • 02:10 - Putting the Pre onto the Touchstone during a call will switch it to speakerphone mode.
  • 08:30 - Emails with attached photos will have inline viewing of the images at the end of the message.
  • 10:30 - Applications will need to be certified by Palm as they can also be distributed outside of the Palm App Catalog (which confirms Palm had their 3rd party distribution determined long before the investor's conference).
  • 18:25 - If you want to search something up on Google/Wikipedia/Maps via Universal Search and you still have on-device search results, you simply need to tap the search bar to get the 3 online search option buttons.
  • 32:00 - iCal synchronization is on the roadmap but in the meantime Palm suggests Google Calendar as an intermediary.
  • 33:40 - Multiple Google accounts are supported.


Special thanks to Awake from SprintUsers, nlowhor from our forums, and
Informed who tipped us via email.

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10 years ago

Cypress Semiconductor to Provide Palm Pre Touchscreen Technology

Cypress Semiconductor to Provide Palm Pre Touchscreen Technology

by Jennifer Chappell Sun, 15 Feb 2009 2:57 pm EST

We hear from Digitimes [via PIC] that Cypress Semiconductor will be supplying the Palm Pre with its touchscreen technology and panel. According to Digitimes' sources, Cyress will be the sole provider for the capacitive multi-touch technology on the Pre.

PIC says that Cypress' CY8CTMG110-32LTXI or the Multi-Touch Gesture TrueTouch controller seems to be the likely set of components to be used for the Palm Pre. These perform traditional touchscreen functions including interpreting single touches, and gestures such as tap, double-tap, pan, pinch, scroll and rotate.

I watched an interesting video on the Cypress website in which Sam Fintz, Global Marketing Manager for Cypress Semiconductor Corp. explains touchscreen technology. Fintz said:

Touchscreen technology addresses the conflicting demands for smaller products with larger displays. It eliminates traditional buttons without sacrificing screen size. They also enable users to manipulate new fuctions easily and intuitively by interacting directly with content on the screen.

Fintz says that most touchscreens used at banks and grocery stores are made of resistive technology that's mechanical and breaks down over time. Believe me, I've seen my share of worn out credit card readers in my local grocery store.

Fintz adds that Cypress' TrueTouch Touchscreen solution is based on a touchscreen technology that has no moving parts and is much more durable. It's the most advanced touchscreen technology found on the market. Fintz shows the iPhone in the video when talking about TrueTouch.

According to Fintz, you can use TrueTouch for a single finger touch, two finger relative gesturing, or even true multi-touch that can interpret up to ten fingers simultaneously. He goes on to explain how TrueTouch works by demonstrating the technology via a TrueTouch powered touchscreen and a laptop monitor showing a red dot to simulate the touches.

TrueTouch is a fascinating technology for sure. I'm still in awe each time I pick up my iPhone and swipe my finger across the screen and open apps or zoom in on text or photos. I saw all of that technology when watching the Palm Pre demonstration videos from CES.  Everything I saw was amazing and I can't wait to see the Pre's touchscreen in action "in person"!

 

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10 years ago

New Meet Pre Video Entices

New Meet Pre Video Entices

by Jason Robitaille Sun, 15 Feb 2009 2:42 pm EST

Palm has released a new "Meet Pre" video and this one really is quite alluring. Best of all, there's a fair bit of new juicy details for all us Pre-hungry addicts to feast on.

First off, we get a very nice look at the calendar and the event details screen. There's the usual stuff there: date/time, location, repeat, and alarm, and then there's a new one: participants.  The participants section in particular seems quite interesting, as it looks to be tied to contacts. It's probably safe to assume the attendance is cloud-based in some form. One thing that certainly comes to mind is the location-aware features mentioned by our hero Roger McNamee; the Pre will know where we're going, when we need to be there, when to remind us, and who to contact regarding the event.

Later on in the video, the Pre is shown using its browser. When the browser menu is pulled down we're able to see the "Share..." option in use, which appears to open up a new email for composition with a link to the webpage you were just at. Attached to the email is a file called "browser_page.png", however it's unknown what that may be. A screenshot of the webpage maybe?

Going back to the browser's menu, another option perked my interest, "Add to Launcher..." Being able to put webpages, like PreCentral, onto the launcher is both a timesaver and will let Pre users take advantage of the current web-based applications out there for other mobiles OSes.

Thanks to jeg815 for the YouTube version!

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10 years ago

FreedomInput webOS Driver... If Palm Lets Them

FreedomInput webOS Driver... If Palm Lets Them

by Jason Robitaille Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:43 pm EST

Freedom Universal Keyboard

I am a huge fan of Freedom Input Ltd., I admit it.  I use their Freedom Universal Keyboard² on a daily basis with my Palm TX to type out all my university class notes.  It works wonderfully and although it may cost a bit more than other bluetooth keyboards, it has dual HID and SPP compatability meaning it'll work with hundreds of bluetooth devices out there; quite literally one keyboard to rule them all.  Recently I had a brief email conversation with Cameron Macsween of Freedom Input and he was kind enough to answer a quick question I had:

Q: If the Palm Mojo SDK has the required bluetooth functionality, will Freedom Input Ltd. be creating webOS drivers for the Freedom Universal Keyboard²?

A: Yes

Having an external keyboard for the Palm webOS would be amazing!  It would help elevate the Pre and future webOS devices above simple flashy smartphones to full-on productivity machines.  The Pre's thumboard is very nice, but an external bluetooth keyboard is much easier for long amounts of writing, plan and simple.

Of course Palm's Mojo SDK will need to allow that kind of bluetooth access.  Please Palm, include bluetooth functionality for 3rd party developers.

Update: ProfJonathan twittered Palm about the bluetooth keyboard being an important accessory. Palm responded:

Got it. The slider keyboard should cover the bases for most folks -- and we expect a range of accessories for other needs.

This certainly implies there could also be Palm-branded bluetooth keyboard in the Pre's future.

Thanks to ProfJonathan for the update!

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