Talkin' Pre -- Week ending 10 October | webOS Nation

Talkin' Pre -- Week ending 10 October

by Annie Latham Sun, 11 Oct 2009 4:38 pm EDT

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In a week where there was Windows Mobile mania and Google Mania dominated the news cycle, Palm managed to stay relevant with an interesting array of stories hitting throughout the week.

Meanwhile, above, a Pre tragedy - made worse by the fact that the now-ex owner is moving to a competing platform [via PreThinking]

Let's talk Pre!

Platform News: The week started with Palm showing developers two news pieces to the webOS platform.  Palm announced that they're enabling more open app distribution (and we here are PreCentral are pleased).  And, webOS took to the stage at Adobe MAX 2009, where attendees were treated to a demo of Flash Player 10.1 running as a plug-in for the webOS browser.

Read TechCrunch's account of it here.  The humerous thing about this post is that it talks about Palm's "Oprah moment."  In an effort to spur development for the platform, Palm announced that it is giving to every developer in the audience a free Pre, and its new wireless charger.  On top of these, everyone will get a month free of Sprint service to use the device and tinker with developing for it.

Brilliant! The November issue of Popular Mechanics has the Palm Pre listed as one of the "10 Most Brilliant Products of 2009."

GSM Palm Pre reviews are starting to hit.  Our own Derek wrote, "...while they call it a review, in reality it’s more of a preview, but it is the first European preview of the GSM Palm Pre..."

 Palm Pre Arriving in Spain on October 14.  This week, Telefonica announced the availability of Palm Pre on its HSDPA mobile network in Spain on 14 October. New Telefonica customers can receive the phone at no cost, depending on their service plan commitment. Telefonica is also the exclusive initial carrier for Palm Pre in United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany.

PALM stock Upgraded.  Derek pointed out that Jim Cramer had a change of heart about Palm AND investment bank Piper Jaffray's maintained its “overweight” (buy more) rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray also raised their price target for Palm from $18 to $24.

J.D. Power and Smartphone Satisfaction.  According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Wireless Consumer Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study-Volume 2 and the 2009 Wireless Business Smartphone Satisfaction Study that was released this week, the overall satisfaction among smartphone owners has increased considerably over time as manufacturers continue to improve styling, feature sets, usability and software.  PreCentral's Robert did a write up discussing how Palm did:

"It means that Palm has made marked improvements in the area of customer satisfaction in a very short time. We'll see this trend continue as Palm moves away from its legacy PalmOS and Windows Mobile based devices to webOS."

Palm's App Catalog gets a boost.  Plenty of new apps have arrived this week.  See for yourself. 

Palm Sightings.  Derek pointed out that the Palm Pre was seen in the hands of yet another hero (as in the television show, "Heroes").  "And this guy has picked up a Pre that does something we can't do: close the slider to hang up the phone."   He also mentioned the Pre was also spotted on "So You Think You Can Dance?"

With BlackBerry as a sponsor and T-Mobile's myTouch 3G with Google Android making frequent appearances during the baseball playoffs, any chance the Pre can do a cameo?

That's a wrap!