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Palm unveils new Palm Pre device and an all-new webOS

Posted on 9-Jan-2009 16:43 | Filed under: News

Palm unveils new Palm Pre device and an all-new webOS
Palm, Inc. unveiled its Palm webOS mobile platform, built from the ground up to be constantly connected to the web, and the new Palm Pre, the first phone based on the new platform.

Palm webOS automatically brings information from the many places it resides – on a phone, at work or on the web – into one simple, integrated view.

“Palm products have always been about simplifying lives and delivering great user experiences,” said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer. “webOS and Pre bring game-changing simplicity to an increasingly mobile world by dissolving the barriers that surround your information. It’s technology that seems like it’s thinking ahead to bring you what you care about most – your people, your time, and your information – in the easiest and most seamless way.”

At its core, webOS leverages several industry-standard technologies, including web technologies such as CSS, XHTML and JavaScript. On top of that, Palm has included creative and innovative advancements to enhance the overall user experience and provided a deep integration of all elements within the platform.

The new platform was designed to allow a vast ecosystem of partners, including developers, hardware suppliers, and accessories manufacturers, to develop core solutions to complement the platform and product line. For developers, webOS offers a rich open development environment that’s familiar to millions of web developers.

The new platform introduces Palm Synergy, a key feature of webOS that brings personal information from all the places it resides into one logical view.

With Synergy, you have a single view that links contacts from a variety of sources. For example, if you have the same contact listed in your Outlook, Google and Facebook accounts, Synergy recognizes that they’re the same person and links the information, presenting it to you as one listing.

And if you update a contact on your webOS device, it also will be updated in your various accounts, whether on a personal computer or on the web.

Applications are seamlessly connected to the web and always active, ensuring the most up-to-date information.

With its multi-touch interface, webOS lets you move between activities like flipping through a deck of cards and rearrange items simply by dragging them; when you are done with something, just throw it away.

To launch this new platform Palm is introducing the Palm Pre. Featuring rounded ergonomic design and a physical keyboard that slides out only when needed, Pre is engineered to feel natural in the hand and small in the pocket.

When closed, the phone is ideal for phone calls, web browsing, music, photos and videos; when open, Pre is optimized for email and text messaging.

Palm Pre features includes High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, integrated GPS, Bluetooth, a large 3.1-inch touch screen with a 320x480 resolution HVGA display, gesture area, and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The Email applicartion is compatible with Exchange Activesync for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers, as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP).

The device comes with 8GB of internal user storage and can be used in USB mass storage mode. The Palm Pre measures 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D) and weighs 135 grams [4.76 ounces].

Palm Pre is scheduled to be available first in the United States exclusively from Sprint in the first half of 2009, and will be followed by a world-ready UMTS version for other regions. Sprint’s pricing for the phone has not yet been determined.