Palm News: Treo "Ultra" Thin WiMAX, Sprint Treo 755p, AT&T Treo 680 Crimson & More...
Over the last couple of weeks I have been innundated with a ton of news and rumours relating to the latest Palm developments and our Treo and I thought that putting them all in one single post would give you a better perspective on the many extremely interesting things happening on Planet Treonauts these days and what the coming year holds in store for us...
Treo “Ultra” Thin WiMAX
An anonymous source tells Engadget that Palm is readying an ultra-thin Treo around October of this year to work with Sprint’s soon-to-be-launched WiMAX network. Although there is no basis for trusting this tipster it is nonetheless fairly obvious that Palm’s product design efforts will continue to push the Treo to be slimmer in each new generation so here below is a mockup of what such a super thin Treo “Ultra” might look like…
Palm Hires Former Top Apple Computer Engineer
In a move widely reported to be a direct response to Apple’s iPhone and iPhone accessories “threat” (see iPhone Wake-Up Call), Palm last week hired top Silicon Valley software designer Paul Mercer who helped create the tools used by Apple to develop the first iPod user interface. Palm will only say that Mercer began work some three weeks ago on a mysterious “line of new products” currently under development… Perhaps the Treo “Ultra” above?
Palm Responds to the iPhone [New York Times]
Jeff Hawkins Interview
PalmAddicts has a conversation with Palm founder Jeff Hawkins where he discusses the paradigm-shifting new technology and operating system (which could run on a Treo?) that has been under development for a number of years at his other company Numenta.
Additionally, Hawkins talks about Palm and his participation in the “secret projects” – particularly the much rumoured “3rd arm of the Palm business” which is anticipated to bring a completely new generation of device to market and that he confirms “will be launching this year”… He further more than openly hints that the announcement of this new product line will take place at Walt Mossberg’s “D” conference in May…
Finally, discussing some of the (unfounded) merger/takeover rumours that were circulating (see Palm & Treo: Everyone Wants A Slice) Jeff states that:
“Palm, in my mind, is in the best shape it’s been in, in a long, long time. Although there are lots of competitors, Palm is a very healthy company. We’ve been profitable for many consecutive quarters, years really; and, we’re making lots of money; and, we finally feel like we have control of our destiny back in our hands again.
Now, it takes a little bit of time to turn that into products. It takes 2 years to design new products, and so you don’t see this control reflected immediately in the product line. In my view, this is a good time at Palm. In terms of viability, we have lots of cash, we’re profitable, and we’re in control of our own destiny. We haven’t been in this kind of shape in a long, long time.
You know, I wouldn’t continue working at Palm unless I felt there was a real opportunity to improve upon the state of personal computing. I think personal computing is important, and can we make better computing products. I feel great about Palm. The smartphone is starting to take off. I’ve been predicting this for the past 6 years… and, now it’s happening. Smartphone adoption is going to keep growing rapidly for some number of years, and we’ve got some clever and cool plans that you’ll see unfold over the next year. I’m not worried about the company, and Palm’s fans shouldn’t worry about it either.”
Sprint Treo 755p (Sherlock)
A leak of Sprint’s product launch roadmap for the first half of this year reveals a mysterious “Palm Sherlock” device to be released in June.
Later rumours point to a CDMA PalmOS powered Treo 755p (based on Treo 680/750 form-factor?) with EvDO support which could be launched as early as May 14.
If Sprint does indeed launch this Treo 755p it would be the first slim and antenna-less PalmOS smartphone to support 3G broadband connectivity…
Sprint May Be Prepping Treo 755p [Brighthand]
AT&T/Cingular Launches Crimson (Red) Palm Treo 680
Following my post a couple of weeks ago (see Treo 680 Colours For Cingular Now Available) indicating that Palm had stopped selling coloured versions of its Unlocked Treo 680 because AT&T/Cingular had decided to begin selling the full coloured range under its own umbrella, the company yesterday finally announced that the AT&T branded version of the Crimson Treo 680 is available immediately and exclusively to its customers.
I now expect AT&T to also make the remaining two – Arctic (White) and Copper (Orange) – Treo 680 colours available in the coming weeks.
Treonauts always get the most interesting developments…