Palm Pre GSM First Image
GSM Version Of Palm Pre Presented At Mobile World Congress In Barcelona + New Palm Pre Video + Pre To Get Adobe Flash
The entire smartphone industry is currently congregated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where among others the GSM version of the Palm Pre is making its debut.
As you can appreciate from the first image of the GSM Palm Pre above, it offers a SIM card slot (under the battery) for GSM networks (such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the US) instead of the CDMA version that will be initially released by Sprint (hopefully in May/June).
Also, although many people were hoping for Palm to announce the name of its official European GSM carrier partner today (strongly rumoured to be Vodafone) no such news has yet emerged. Having said this, the fact that Palm is demoing the Pre with a Vodafone SIM card has naturally further fueled speculation that this is indeed Palm’s preferred European partner.
New Palm “Meet Pre” Video
At the same time Palm also released a new Pre video (above) which highlights how a Preonaut might go about starting his/her day with a focus on the Calendar – checking the weather, appointments, emails/messages, etc. (I highly recommend watching the video in full screen to view all the details) and shows a bunch of features that I had not previously seen. Among others:
- Integrated weather information in the Calendar
- Integrated Business + Personal Calendar (from Facebook for example)
- “Acordeon” expansion view of Free time in Calendar
- Drag & Drop functionality in Calendar
- Meeting details with Date/Time, Location, Repeat, Alarm and Participants + Meeting Participants breakdown and direct Contact access + Online status?
- Synergy GTalk on-screen pop-up
- Synergy “Universal Search” with first view of Palm “App Catalog” and “Amazon MP3”
- Enhanced Browser functionality view with webpage “Add to Launcher” and “Share” feature
- Autofill/Contact search functionality in email
I hope that you’ll agree with me that the more you watch Palm’s next generation webOS in action with its Synergy and Cards functionality the more you realize just how smooth, fast, fun and rich an experience it delivers. The fact that the actual Palm Pre hardware with its large portrait display and sliding keyboard is equally beautiful naturally adds to its overall appeal.
Palm Pre To Offer Flash
Another rather good piece of news from the GSMA Mobile World Congress is that Adobe Systems today announced that “Palm is joining the Open Screen Project - a broad industry initiative dedicated to enabling standalone applications and full web browsing across televisions, desktops and mobile devices taking advantage of Adobe Flash Platform capabilities. The work of the Open Screen Project will help deliver Adobe Flash Player for smartphones on the new Palm webOS platform. The unique capabilities of the web-centric Palm webOS, combined with Flash Player, will enable webOS device users to benefit from the huge amount of Flash based web content for a richer, more complete Internet experience.” The only thing is that Adobe’s press release also states “Flash Player for smartphones is expected to be available to handset manufacturers at the end of 2009” so we should not expect to see Flash on the Pre at launch…
O'Reilly Media and Palm to Release First Official Resource for webOS Programming
The first chapter of the Rough Cuts Version of the book is currently available online for free from the Palm Developer Network and is also available on the O'Reilly website. Rough Cuts is a service from Safari Books Online that provides early access to books on cutting-edge technologies prior to publication. Programmers eager to learn how to develop applications on webOS can literally read the book online as it is being written or download it as a PDF. And with Rough Cuts, readers can participate in an ongoing discussion about the book and technology. The complete book will be published upon release of Mojo, Palm's webOS software development kit (SDK).
Also, for those interested, there wil be a live webcast hosted by O’Reilly entitled “Developing Applications for webOS: A Preview” on Wednesday, February 25 at 10am PST with Mitch Allen, VP and software CTO at Palm, Inc. which should prove to be rather interesting.
Palm Pre Meets The Stars
Thanks to a US Weekly ad we discover that the Palm Pre will be among the $5,600 “Goodie Bag” offered to all nominees attending the IFC 2009 Spirit Award Nominations – including Anne Hathaway here who is nomited for Best Female Lead for her role in “Rachel Getting Married”. The more important thing that has more than a few Preonauts anxious though is the fact that the ad states that the Palm Pre will be “available by July” when many are already hoping for a May/June release…
Separately, since the Mobile World Congress runs until this Wednesday I think that we can expect quite a few more interesting Palm Pre news to become available in the next couple of days.
GSM Palm Pre Spotted with Vodafone SIM Card [engadget]
Palm Pre GSM Image [Pre Community]
New “Meet Pre” Video Arrives From Palm [intomobile]
Palm Latest Mobile Industry Leader to Join Open Screen Project [Adobe]
Celebrity Nerds [engadget]
Preonauts are always first…