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10 years ago

Handcase Chooses Pre Too!

Handcase Chooses Pre Too!

by Annie Latham Thu, 05 Feb 2009 1:21 pm EST

PalmTouch is reporting that Handcase, a Brazilian classic PalmOS software developer, is also jumping on the Pre-wagon. The company has already created Pre-versions for 70% of their 100 app library. Handcase’s applications are targeted for all types of users (casual through corporate) and fit categories as diverse as medical, entertainment, utilities and security.

Ricardo Garay, the CEO of Handcase, said the company has been taking steps to migrate their applications from Portuguese into English, and plan on having 100 apps ready by the end of the year.

For those unfamiliar with Handcase’s offerings, check out their YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/handcase).

The PalmTouch post brings up an interesting point…
How are these apps going to be distributed? While we know that Palm will offer an on-board App Store, the exact details will be unveiled later. As more and more companies jump on the Pre-wagon, let’s hope Palm has a developer-friendly process in place that welcomes the loyal Palm OS developers and wins over some of those who have been frustrated with Apple’s app store process.

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10 years ago

Pandora Radio Heading for the Pre Next?

Pandora Radio Heading for the Pre Next?

by Annie Latham Wed, 04 Feb 2009 5:59 pm EST

According to a post by Chris Snyder in his Epicenter blog over at Wired.com, Pandora founder Tim Westergren is eyeing the Palm Pre as the next platform for the Pandora Radio App. During "The Smartphone Revolution” panel discussion at the 2009 AlwaysOn OnMedia conference in New York, Westergren remarked:

“As a company we’re always thinking what’s the next iPhone? And that’s where we’re gonna put our resources. So we’ve come out and said, we’re gonna put a bet on Palm Pre.”

As we heard during the Palm Pre Keynote, Pandora has already begun work on a webOS version - Colligan even noted that it took Pandora only 3 days to get their app up and running on the Pre.

For those unfamiliar, Pandora Radio is a free app that lets you create your own personalized radio station by streaming music from your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and suggesting other selections you might like.  It has been around quite awhile, but hit the big time with the iPhone.  According to the 148apps.com list of the top iPhone apps ever, Pandora ranks 19th. And another source, Mobclix, has named it the number one music app.

Needless to say, Pandora's take on the Pre can be viewed as a glowing endorsement,  especially considering the platforms that could have been considered (i.e. Google Android, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry).

Thanks to David for the tip!  Have a tip for us?  Let us know here!

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10 years ago

Palm Pre Release Date Revealed by Sprint EOL List? March 15th?

Palm Pre Release Date Revealed by Sprint EOL List? March 15th?

by Jennifer Chappell Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:38 pm EST

Update:  BGR has updated their article to clear up a bit of confusion on the target launch date of the Pre.  Sprint wants to move their stock of Treo 755Ps (EOL targeted date in late May) before they get to the Pre.  So that probably moves the Pre release closer to May/Early June than Mid-March.

The Boy Genius Report has scooped up some juicy stuff this morning. Seems that there is a Sprint EOL list that reveals the Palm Pre's "target" launch date.

Yep, BGR couldn't post the actual list but one of their ninjas got them an internal document that shows some good stuff. Some EOL devices are listed, but so are some replacements that we've been anxiously waiting for, specifically the Palm Pre.

The document shows that the Palm 755p (blue) will be replaced by the Palm Pre. The target in-stock date of the Pre is March 15th.

Let's hope that this target date is for real so we can stop all the guessing.

Also listed in the Sprint EOL document is the Palm 800w to go EOL in April and to be replaced by the Treo Pro. Hmmm, the Treo Pro's target in-stock date is 2/15, but we already knew that, plus we now know that there were problems that caused those "in stock" Pros to go back for some repairs.

Anyway, let's hope that this 3/15 target date for the Palm Pre is for real so we can stop all the guessing.

Head over to BGR to see more EOL listings.

Thanks to Scot for the tip!

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10 years ago

preDevCamp: Coming to a City Near You!

preDevCamp: Coming to a City Near You!

by Jason Robitaille Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:12 am EST

preDevCamp

Inspired by iPhoneDevCamp and previous other developer camps, preDevCamp was launched yesterday.  The worldwide preDevCamp events are not-for-profit and aim to boost the developer involvement in the webOS platform, coming together as communities to teach eachother and improve coding skills with this new OS.

"Attendees will include mobile developers, web developers, UI designers, and testers, all working together over the weekend. Development projects will include both solo and team efforts. While some attendees will wish to work solo during the event, we encourage attendees to team up, based on expertise, to work in ad-hoc project development teams. All attendees should be prepared to work on a development project during the event.

Attendees will be able to:

* Create new applications for the Palm Pre.
* Migrate existing mobile and Linux based applications to the Palm Pre.
* Test and optimize applications for the Palm Pre."

PreDevCamp's website shows over 60 different events worldwide in the planning stage. And yes, it's free and open to all. The events are currectly scheduled to go down about a week after the release of the Pre (whenever that may be). 

In an email to PreCentral, one of the organizers, Whurley, added:

"Everyone says Palm is out of the race, but now they've got an amazing looking device and there's a glimmer of hope. What will make the difference is their interaction (and support of) the development community."

This could be just the thing the webOS needs.  Old developers and new developers coming together, Mojo SDK in hand. Third party software is what the webOS needs to survive and this camp could jumpstart the developer engine.  If you're a developers I really suggest you see if there's an event in your area. It certainly seems worth it.

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10 years ago

Palm Pre Release Date: Sprint Reps Telling Everybody Feb 15

Palm Pre Release Date: Sprint Reps Telling Everybody Feb 15

by Dieter Bohn Tue, 03 Feb 2009 4:53 pm EST

Let's start with the caveats: anything you hear from low-level, mid-level, and even high-level customer service representatives should be taken with the kind of grain of salt we've been recommending every since we started reporting on this February 15th release date rumor -- the "gigantic saltlick" kind.  Nevertheless, our Pre Forums are absolutely full with members who have started chat sessions with Sprint Reps and/or called in to ask about when the Palm Pre would be released.  The answer many of them are getting: February 15th, and no, we're not confusing it with the Treo Pro.

We definitely don't want to inundate either Sprint or Palm with these sorts of questions because the official line is still "first half of the year," because you can't really take these chat logs to the bank, and because, frankly, being a CS rep is hard and there's only so much they know.  Still and all, here we are again, saying that we think February 15th seems way unlikely despite all this evidence.

Perhaps the truth is that Feb 15 is when pre-sales will start, or when they'll announce the actual date.  We're thinking of putting that salt lick out on our front doorstep just in case -- because if the Pre is actually going to arrive in less than two weeks it'll probably be delivered by a unicorn, and we hear they like salt licks.

Thanks to everybody who wrote in!

10 years ago

Will Sprint Premier Customers Get First Peek at Pre?

Will Sprint Premier Customers Get First Peek at Pre?

by Jennifer Chappell Tue, 03 Feb 2009 1:19 pm EST

According to a WMExperts article, Sprint has just launched its Sprint Premier program in which Sprint says it's "rewarding its most loyal and high-value consumer customers with perks, privileges and discounts that drive higher satisfaction."

Sprint's press release states that the eligibility requirements for Sprint Premier are:

  1. For three consecutive months, consumer customers must be on an individual wireless plan of at least $69.99 per month or spend at least $99.99 per month on a plan that shares minutes,  Or...
  2. They must have been a Sprint wireless customer for at least 10 years.

That sounds pretty simple, huh? And get this;  WebOS Arena points out that one of the perks to being in the Sprint Premier program is being able to get cool phones before others. Hmmm, would the Palm Pre be one of those cool phones that you could get before other people?

Sure looks that way according to one of the perks that Sprint lists:

  • First to Know/First to Buy: Longstanding customers get an exclusive first peek at new products and services such as the upcoming Palm Pre™, and then are among the first with opportunities to purchase when they become available.

So, does that mean that if you qualify as a Premier customer, Sprint is going to send you an email with some exclusive details on the Palm Pre before the Pre is released? "An exclusive first peek... such as the upcoming Palm Pre..." sure makes it sound that way. That would be awesome!

Below are the other benefits Sprint Premier customers will receive:

  • Early Upgrades: After only one year customers can receive our new customer price on a new handset. That's almost a year sooner than other customers. For accounts sharing minutes, the early upgrade applies to the primary line. A new two-year agreement is required.
  • “Just Because” Perks: Spontaneous special offers for trips, tickets to shows and sporting events -- just to say thanks.
  • Accessory Discounts: A once-a-year discount on accessories at participating Sprint stores.
  • Courtesy Plan Check: For customers who haven’t changed their plan in six months, Sprint will notify them for a “Plan Check” to make sure they are getting the most value out of their device.

You can read more about the Sprint Premier program here.

What about you? Are you qualified to be a Premier customer? If so, and you happen to get some first peek juiciness on the Pre, how about sharing with us?  I wonder if Sprint might possibly send out some first peek Palm Pre info to their Sprint Premier customers on say,  hmmm.... I don't know, February 15 seems to come to mind.  That date is still stuck in our minds as something, so who knows?
I see that there is already some discussion going on over in the TreoCentral forums regarding the Sprint Premier progam in this thread.

 

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10 years ago

Will the Pre save Sprint?

Will the Pre save Sprint?

by Jonathan Downer Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:37 pm EST

Fortune magazine has recently posted a solid article that discusses Sprint and it’s future (big thanks to William for the tip!). You can find the article here.

Personally, I think Fortune has hit the nail on the head. It’s no secret that Sprint has been bleeding customers for the past several years, and has struggled to find its identity in an increasingly saturated and competitive market. For a while, it looked as though Sprint was on the brink of oblivion (and for all we know, they were) but lately things have been looking up! With an aggressive pricing strategy that blows away any of the other major carriers, and a hot new phone coming (the Pre of course), they just might get back on their feet. Its hard to believe that today’s shaky economy could be good for anyone, but with folks looking to save money AND looking for the latest and greatest technology, Sprint might just have the perfect storm brewing. 

What are your thoughts? Will the Pre be enough to save Sprint, or is it going to take more?

 

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10 years ago

Apple’s Multi-Touch IP Claim Fruitless?

Apple’s Multi-Touch IP Claim Fruitless?

by Annie Latham Tue, 03 Feb 2009 10:43 am EST

Monday was another interesting day in the “Wonderful World of IP.”

According to an investor note issued by Pablo Perez-Fernandez, an analyst at Global Crown Capital, “Initiating multi-touch infringement litigation may prove lengthy, costly and fruitless for Apple, in our view.”

Per a RCR Wireless News story, in an 8-page report, Perez-Fernandez details how Apple’s IP holdings in multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen technology may not hold up upon review.  

Though the review of granted and filed patents shows that Apple has a "formidable arsenal of capacitive, multi-touch patents that constitute a nearly impenetrable barrier to entry for companies hoping to commercialize capacitive, multi-touch devices," Perez-Fernandez also noted that Apple’s key patents may be “invalidated based on prior art considerations if subjected to a review by the USPTO.”

There’s a new one for you -- “Prior art” refers to publicly known information, in other patents or in published research papers, before a particular invention is made public.  The story goes on to explain where Apple may have violated the IP of other companies and research labs.

[This is starting to be as confusing as last week’s episode of “Lost.”]

In his TechCheck column at CNBC.com, Jim Goldman noted that the notion of "prior art" is precisely the reason why RIM lost its case against patent holder NTP (and well over $600 million in the process).    Goldman concluded that “this issue ain't disappearing any time soon, but if Perez-Fernandez's arguments carry some weight, Palm investors might have a little less to worry about.”

At least, that’s today’s story in the Wonderful World of IP.  And kudos to Perez-Fernandez for his “fruitless” comment.  It, ah, got right to the core of the issue!

 

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10 years ago

March 1st For Pre Launch?

March 1st For Pre Launch?

by Jennifer Chappell Mon, 02 Feb 2009 6:46 pm EST

Everyone is wondering when the Palm Pre will be released. The rumor mills have been spinning wildly since the day that Palm announced the Pre at CES. We've posted on the persistent rumor that the Pre will be released on February 15th.

This rumor is still hanging on, but we still think the February 15th date is pretty unlikely. But... it is possible. We certainly haven't read anything set in stone. Dieter posted about two separate reports claiming that Sprint employees have been training up on the Pre. One of those claims came from Sarah Lacy, the reporter who got the new Pre features out of McNamee during her interview.

Palm told us that the Pre would be released the first half of 2009. We reported recently that Palm's spokesperson Lynn Fox told Laptop Magazine that Palm has no plans to change the launch time. Fox said that in reference to being questioned about Palm being in the crosshairs of a possible Apple patent lawsuit.

As of late, there are some posts over at the TreoCentral threads in which some people have talked to customer service representatives, trying to squeeze out a Pre release date. For example, in  this thread, xxgersonxx posted that he had chatted with three Best Buy reps, and that all three had confirmed the February 15th launch date. Plus, there is a thread entitled "Yet another source confirms Feb 15 release". Two forum members stated that they had spoken with Sprint people who told them that the Pre would be available mid-February.

And today, we read an article over at Palm preSchool that was posted back in January. Palm preSchool believes that we'll see the Pre on the shelves on March 1st, 2009. They believe that Palm has been secretly communicating the date with us since the Pre was introduced at CES. What's the secret communication they're referring to? Well, have you noticed that every image of the Pre shows a time of 3:01? Like in 03-01-09? Now wouldn't that be wild if March 1st turns out to be the release date and we've all been seing this on the pics of the Pre all this time? Hey, ya never know.

Update:  Thanks to Vyruz Reaper over in the TreoCentral forums for the update:

"Palm seems to imply that maybe we ought not read into this:"

"Someone's been re-reading The DaVinci Code a few too many times"

"..it would be a lot easier to not spin conspiracy theories if we HAD THE RELEASE DATE"

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10 years ago

Palm webOS on a Desktop? Foleo Redux?

Palm webOS on a Desktop? Foleo Redux?

by Brian Hart Mon, 02 Feb 2009 2:47 pm EST

Although the buzz around here lately is mostly concerning the much-anticipated release of the Palm Pre,  it's also fun to ask the "what if" questions - like what if Palm's new webOS pops up on other mediums besides the Pre smartphone? If you've followed Palm over the past few years, you may remember the ill-fated Foleo, a mobile companion for the Palm OS. That poor ship sunk before it ever left the harbor, but David Beers writes on his Software Everywhere blog that "by building a system using de facto cross-platform standards like JavaScript, WebKit, Java and Jetty, Palm has made a great platform for creating companion applications that can run on any desktop—Windows, Mac, or Linux—leveraging the same code that runs on the handset."

At the time Palm introduced it, the Foleo was ill-fated, but perhaps the idea and implementation was ahead of the OS that would make it attractive to a broad base of consumers. Maybe now that Palm can place the horse in front of the cart, we can expect to see a Foleo redux and hopefully webOS applications showing up on the desktop as well. What do you think, would you pick up a webOS-based Foleo II over another netbook?

 

 

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