Tag Archive for ‘Pre’

HP Leaving the Tablet and Phone Business ➝

From HP’s press release:

HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of [Personal Systems Group] from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

This is sad news. I really wish HP would have given WebOS devices a chance. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. My only hope is that HP sells WebOS to a company that will continue to develop it or that HP will decide to license WebOS to tablet and smartphone manufacturers.

(Via SplatF.)

Palm’s CES Announcement ➝

Gizmodo has revealed that Palm is scheduling an invitation-only press event during CES. It will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 11am.

Gizmodo’s Jason Chen says that an update to the Pre is a safe bet. I agree, the Pre was announced at this year’s CES and I doubt Palm would go more than a year without announcing a new flagship handset. That is, unless they’re following in Apple’s footsteps. Apple announced the original iPhone at MacWorld 2007 but it wasn’t available until June 29. Apple didn’t announce their followup handset, the iPhone 3G, until June 9 of 2008. Apple took nearly a year and a half to announce their next handset.

Just speaking of Palm’s flagship handset, the Pre was announced at CES last year. But, the device wasn’t available until June. Palm announced their first modern handset early, just like Apple, I wonder if they’re going to wait until late spring to announce their followup, just like Apple did.

If Palm was to announce a new handset, there is also the question of whether or not it will be on Sprint. There have been some rumblings of a webOS device coming to Verizon. Engadget found an FCC filing for a Palm Pixi destined for Verizon’s network (with Wi-Fi no less). Feeding more fuel to the fire, a Phone Arena tipster (and a “trusted” one at that) sent them a document revealing that Verizon has already started training personnel on webOS.

It’s safe to say that any Palm device coming to Verizon would be a boon for Palm, but, if true, I’m certain Sprint won’t be too happy about it.

Previously:
10/18/09:
Verizon to Get Palm Pre ‘Early Next Year’
9/9/09: The Palm Pixi
5/19/09: Palm Pre to Release on June 6 for $199.99

Update 1/13/10: Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Coming to Verizon

Palm Pre Beta Tester Leaks Details on Twitter ➝

Jim Van of Logicomm, an I.T. support shop in Providence, Rhode Island recently posted a few tweets talking about the Palm Pre.

The most important tweet is regarding the release date of the Palm Pre which Van claims is April 30. All of this could be fake of course, but since he is from Logicomm and the Twitter account has since been set to private it could be real.

The Palm Pre is a greatly anticipated phone, even by me, a huge iPhone fanatic. The Palm Pre could be Palm’s ticket back to the big time in terms of market share (or at least mind share) in the realm of smartphones. If the suggested release date is indeed true it would mean Palm is going to release the Palm Pre before Apple releases their next hardware iteration, which would be a huge win for Palm and might help them steal some customers from AT&T (while in the process locking them into a 2 year agreement).

All of @Logicomminc’s tweets regarding the Palm Pre:

  • Got Pre to work on Twitter, but it’s a tad cludgy…#Palm Pre
  • Sprint claims that 4/30 is a line in the sand, according to my acct mgr there…he’s usually right on #Palm Pre
  • UI is VERY clean, well thought out, made for fingers. Somebody used their brains on the design. Palm’s always been cool like that
  • Just used browser to remote in and play on our doc server..almost like computing w/out kbd…loaded word doc quickly..nice #Palm Pre

Update 3/30/09: Jim Van also tweeted the price of the device, which he claims to be $299.99 with a 2 year contract.

Update 4/16/09: There have now been a couple other rumors for Palm Pre release dates. May 17 and June 29.

Update 4/28/09: SprintGurus claims June 7 as a possible release date.

Update 5/5/09: April 30 has come and gone and still no Palm Pre, obviously Jim Van hasn’t got a clue.

Update 5/13/09: A Boy Genius Report tipster claims that Palm will be making an announcement in the Wall Street Journal on May 19, there is a distinct possability that Palm will reveal the Pre release date then.

Update 5/15/09: A Palm Pre giveaway by Sprint says May 29 is the date of the drawing, also saying that $542.01 is the price of the device (probably unsubsidized including accessories). This suggest that the Palm Pre won’t be coming out until after May 29.