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New Palm webOS Features Demonstrated

Palm’s PR department dropped us a line earlier today to let us know about some of the cool new features that are going to be included in Palm webOS, the new mobile operating system that will power Palm’s Pre smartphone.

Palm Unveils More webOS Details: Palm Media Sync, Twitter Integration, App Catalog

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 28, 2009 — Today at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) introduced attendees to the latest features of the Palm® webOS™ platform, including Palm media sync, the integration of Twitter in universal search, and a beta version of its App Catalog. Jon Rubinstein, Palm executive chairman, and Roger McNamee, Palm director and co-founder of Elevation Partners, debuted the new webOS features, which will be available on the new Palm Pre™ phone when it launches June 6 on Sprint’s mobile broadband network.

Palm Media Sync

Palm media sync is a feature of webOS that synchronizes seamlessly with iTunes, giving you a simple and easy way to transfer DRM-free music, photos and videos to your Palm Pre. Simply connect Pre to your PC or Mac via the USB cable, select “media sync” on the phone, and iTunes will launch on your computer desktop. You can then choose which DRM-free media files to transfer.

“We designed Palm media sync to be an easy and elegant way for you to take the content you own and put it on Pre, and it’s just one of the ways we think you’ll be amazed by webOS,” said Rubinstein. “We’ve had an overwhelming response since we introduced Pre at CES, and with availability just days away, we can’t wait to let everyone see firsthand what the excitement is all about.”

Pre also acts as a mass storage drive, letting you side-load your media content. Once connected to a computer using the USB cable, Pre will appear as a drive on the computer desktop. You can drag and drop music, photos or video files onto your Pre, or drag files from your Pre to the computer. And, just like a digital camera, Pre works directly with your computer’s default desktop photo software to seamlessly import photos captured with Pre’s built-in 3-megapixel camera.

In addition to listening to music transferred from your desktop, you can use the on-device Amazon MP3 store to purchase individual songs or full albums over-the-air. You can search by artist, song and genre, and preview and purchase music files. You can then download purchased tracks when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Twitter in Universal Search

Palm also announced that Twitter search is integrated into webOS universal search. Universal search is about finding what you want quickly, whether it’s an on-device contact to call, a place you’re trying to get to, or a Wikipedia article for encyclopedic information. Just start typing and Pre will figure out if you’re looking for a contact, an application, or even let you search the web via Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia and now Twitter. Universal search uses Twitter’s search service to sort through real-time current events and news, so universal search now covers every aspect of search on the web: general info, location, encyclopedia, and news.

Twitter’s ability to show what’s going on right now is a perfect fit for what universal search and Pre are all about. You don’t have to be a Twitter user to benefit from Twitter in universal search. It’s available for all users, even if they don’t have an account, so anyone can keep on top of real-time news and the latest trends.

App Catalog

Rubinstein and McNamee also gave conference attendees an advance look at the beta version of the App Catalog, which will be available on Pre at launch. The beta version will feature applications from developers such as AP News, Citysearch, Fandango, Pandora and uLocate.

“We’ve received excellent feedback from participants in the Mojo SDK early access program and look forward to the SDK’s public release. Developers are very enthusiastic about the platform’s ease of use and industry-standard development model,” said Rubinstein. “We’re excited to launch Pre with the beta version of the catalog, which will give a taste of how the overall webOS ecosystem will work.”

The App Catalog was demonstrated at the conference using Fandango’s webOS application, which takes advantage of Palm Synergy™, a key feature of webOS. It also uses Pre’s location-based services to find theaters near you, and lets you watch trailers, buy tickets, add showtimes to your calendar and get directions to the theater. Also included in the beta App Catalog will be Pandora, which makes use of the platform’s multitasking capabilities, running elegantly in the background while you’re using other applications. It highlights a unique aspect of the notification bar that lets you know what song is currently playing, and control pause and play without having to go back into the application.

The Palm Pre phone will be available from Sprint on June 6 for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and $100 mail-in rebate. More information is available at www.sprint.com/palmpre and www.palm.com.

You can check out some of these new features in action on the All Things Digital videos page.

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Greatest. Pre. Commercial. Ever!

If you haven’t seen this Pre “commercial” of Roger McNamee poking fun at himself, you are doing yourself a disservice.

http://s.wsj.net/media/swf/atd/microPlayer.swf

And just remember kids, the Pre eats iPhones for breakfast!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about or why I think this video is so funny, you have to go back and watch this video of Roger shortly after the Palm Pre was unveiled back in January at this year’s CES show.

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Palm to Appear at All Things Digital

Jimmie over at GadgetsOnTheGo.net is reporting that Palm will be making an appearance at this year’s All Things Digital conference. Walt Mossberg, of the Wall Street Journal fame, has been quoted as saying:

“The Palm guys are coming, they not are only going to come and talk in more detail about the Palm Pre than you have seen before, but they’re actually going to introduce some things that haven’t even been speculated, that the Palm Pre is going to be able to do, that haven’t even been speculated on the blogs and they’re going to show some cool features.”

http://s.wsj.net/media/swf/microPlayer.swf

Let’s hope that this appearance at “D” is better than Palm’s last high-profile appearance when they wanted to talk about their last “new” device, the Palm Foleo.

[Via GadgetsOnTheGo.net…]

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BGR Posts First Impressions of the Palm Pre

BoyGeniusReport.com has a Palm Pre first impressions article up this morning.

Of the new smartphone, BGR writes:

“The screen is really responsive and blends right in with the casing — awesomely executed and the capacitive touch is so damn beautiful. We’d rate it just behind the iPhone but in front of the T-Mobile G1 as far as screens go.”

That’s some really good news about the display on the device that will reboot Palm. However, BGR isn’t as excited about the slider keyboard and exterior shell. Again, the author writes:

“The Pre feels really good in your hand in terms of size and shape, but there’s a real plasticky aura about it. Additionally, things aren’t looking good for that QWERTY either. When you try and type on the top row of keys, your finger hits the bottom part of the front piece and on top of that, you often hit multiple keys at the same time while typing.”

You can read the full article and check out some photos of the device on the BoyGeniusReport website.

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Rumor: A Pair of AT&T Phones Get Leaked

Engadget is reporting that AT&T has some new phone goodness headed our way for the back half of 2009.

If the frenzy around the Palm Pre coming to Sprint in just about 9 days doesn’t make your head spin, Palm fans should get ready for the Palm Eos which is expected to show up on AT&T. Eos is expected to replace the last Palm OS smartphone currently on the market, the Palm Centro. From the slides that Engadget got their hands on, we have now officially leared that Eos’ code name was the long rumored “Castle” smartphone.

Andorid fans should get ready for the new HTC Qwerty slider, Lancaster. This GSM “consumer social messageing device” should get the under 30 crowd lining up at their local AT&T stores in early August if the rumors are correct and everything falls into place between now and then.

You can read the Palm Eos and HTC Lancaster articles over on Engadget.

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Palm Pre Documentation Leaked

With less than two weeks to go before the Palm Pre smartphone goes on sale from Sprint, all of the Pre’s documentation has leaked out on to the Internet.

SprintGurus.com has managed to get their hands on the Pre’s Getting Start and User Guides as well as the Pre Fact Sheet and Features Guide.

Can’t wait to get your hands on the Pre? You can download the documentation from the SprintGurus.com forums. (Warning: Registration required to download.)

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Pre Gets Detailed In Leaked Sprint Guide

The Sprint Palm Pre launch guide for business customers has been leaked and in the process, even more details about the Pre have been detailed.

In the 23-page document, we learn that:

  • Pre has a SRP of $549.99
  • Support for Exchange Server EAS for PIM data synching
  • Inviting people to meetings is not supported from the Pre
  • Global Address Book lookup is supported
  • Support for SSL encryption of Exchange Server email
  • The Touchstone charger will cost $69.99
  • A Palm vehicle charger ($31.99) and travel charger ($34.99) will also be available
  • The current 450 minute Sprint Everything Data plan will be available for $69.99/month
  • You must purchase a voice and data plan; SERO plans will not be allowed
  • Pre will be an exchange only phone, no repairs will be done on site
  • Documents To Go will be bundled in ROM to provide viewing capabilities
  • Documents To Go will include editing capabilities in a future release (date TBD)
  • You will be required to create a Palm profile account (required for multiple services)
  • Software will be installed OTA only
  • Palm will provide an OTA backup application/service
  • A “kill pill” can be issued from a customers Palm profile web page

The leaked Sprint launch guide offers and interesting list of details that haven’t previously been talked about by Palm or Sprint. The inclusion of Documents To Go is a major plus. That is one application that I can’t live without and it my daily “go to” application.

I also like the idea behind the Palm profile. It sounds a lot like the now defunct MyPalm portal where customers where able to install applications to their device over the air (OTA), including the then beta Palm Backup application. From the new information gleaned from this document, it does sound as if the information that Palm learned from the beta tests of the MyPalm portal and Backup application will be leveraged to make the Pre and Palm webOS expereince even better for customers.

There is a lot to like about the new Palm Pre. I’m definately excited to get my hands on one of these phones and take it out for a test drive.

[Via PreCentral.com Forums…]