Watch out iPad, PalmPad Is Drawing a Bead

While it pains me to quote, credit, or otherwise refer to FoxNews, it appears as though they’ve got their hands on some rather tasty exclusive information.  It looks as though Palm (HP) is joining the rest of the mobile community and jumping head-long into the tablet throng with not one, but four PalmPad tablet devices.  According to Fox (shudder), Palm plans to unveil three of the four devices at CES 2011, the fourth of which is to be directed at University students will be announced at a later time.  Minor hardware differences will separate the four devices in the PalmPad line, hit the link to see what we know so far.

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[Video] Palm Pre 2 hands-on

Looks like the latest chapter in the webOS saga will be the introduction of the Palm Pre 2. This new handset will sport a 1Ghz cpu, 5mp camera, streamlined design, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, better keyboard, new Stacks feature and a universal search capability.

  • Stacks – logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Stacks keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is even easier.
  • Just Type – Whenever you want to do something on your phone – whether it’s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything – just type! is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.
  • Flash Player 10.1 Beta – webOS now supports a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser, which provides access to rich, Flash based web content.

More information about Palm Pre 2, including features and specifications, is available atwww.palm.com/Pre2.

WebOS 2.0 video preview hits the Tube

WebOS users have been waiting with bated breath for the latest version of WebOS to finally be released to the world. Well, like with any mobile OS before it is released, there is some video footage that hit YouTube. It is a very short video, but wow WebOS 2.0 does look pretty amazing. The only thing that really seemed disappointing was how long it took Quick Office to load in the emulator. It gives me reason to believe that WebOS 2.0 is still going to suffer from the lag WebOS 1.4.5 still has today. I hope this isn’t true, but we will see. On the other hand, the new ‘Stacks’ feature is pure amazing for the browser. You can have multiple taps displayed in these stacks of cards. Just amazing. I really can’t wait to use this. Check out the video walk-through after the break… Read more of this post

webOS 2.0 screenshots go prime-time with plenty to show

It’s been almost a year since I bought my Palm Pre and I still use it daily, although not like I am using Android on a daily basis. I was very excited to when the I broke the story on PreThinking in April of last year of the leaked emulator gallery. Well a year has gone by since the introduction of the Palm Pre running webOS and so has a plethora of Android based handsets. Engadget posted leaked screenshots of the latest emulator build.

In these new leaked screenshots of the webOS emulator, it appears Palm is adding additional services for us to use in webOS. Google docs, Dropbox, AOL, Photobucket, Exchange and Box.net are all welcome sites, but Mobile Me just leaves us hanging with a big “huh?” So if you want to check out some cool new stuff on what is hopefully to come encased in some kick-ass hardware later this year. Hit the break for more photos. Read more of this post

WebOS tablet from HP to arrive at the beginning of 2011

HP had its earnings call today. Though we aren’t very big on numbers for companies that aren’t deeply jiving in the mobile space just yet, we are fancy for mobile product fantasies such as a WebOS tablet. At HP’s earnings call earlier today, HP reported both strong growth and dropped the already somewhat well-known bomb that a WebOS tablet will land in early 2011. WebOS on a tablet is something to drool over. It will have apps (though not nearly as many as the iPad), it will possibly have Flash 10.1 since Adobe said Palm is one of their partners, and it will be a multitasking machine. All it needs to really succeed is a fast processor, a lot of RAM, a front facing camera, and a super high-resolution screen. If they can pull this off, they will be all set for success in my opinion. We will keep our fists clinched with anticipation until the official announcement expected at CES 2011.

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WebOS Tablet coming in Q1 of 2011?

I’ll be straight, I am waiting with bated breath for this tablet. According to a ‘source’ at Engadget, HP’s Personal Systems VP told employees that HP’s WebOS tablet dubbed ‘hurricane’ internally, will be shipped by the first quarter of 2011. This will allow Palm to give one of their amazing presentations at CES, possibly mentioning the new tablet. Hopefully they get their next smart phone out before then because Microsoft, Google, and Apple aren’t waiting around. Here’s to hoping Palm can get this all out and have a fantastic product soon.

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Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus now FREE from HP

The HP/Palm merger is now complete. What does that mean? Most likely it means out with the old and in with the new. We know Palm has been working on something, but we still don’t know what. Until we find out we are going to have to deal with the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus as our only Palm offerings, at least until HP sells them all. It is seeming like this is exactly what HP intends to do. HP is now offering directly from their site, the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus from both Verizon and AT&T free and without an activation fee. You still have to sign a 2 year deal, but hey man its free! So if you are interested in one of these devices on one of those 2 carriers and don’t want to pay anything at all, head over here to get started.

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HP’s message to the Palm developer community

The Palm/HP merger is official and they are now one team. Palm’s innovation and software coupled with HP’s resources, relations, and marketing is going to give Palm a huge boost very soon. Dalmaer and Ben sit down with one of  HP’s CTOs and talks about the merger and why developers should keep their chins up. HP is working on a lot of cool stuff. In fact that are having an internal competition for their employees to build WebOS apps. Check out the video after the break…

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Palm still working with Adobe on Flash

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It has been quite a while since we have heard anything regarding Flash 10.1  on Palm’s WebOS devices. It was originally thought that Flash would make it to the WebOS browser before Android. However, the 10.1 beta is out on Android right now and Adobe is continuing to make iterations to the software. Now we just need that promised WebOS Flash even if it is a beta. Adobe wants WebOS users to know that they are still working with Palm to get a stable version out to users. When you visit a Flash enabled site this is the message you get: Read more of this post

Palm files 8-K report with SEC

Today Palm filed the standard 8-K report with the SEC. The 8-K form is required by the SEC to announce certain significant changes in a public company, such as a merger or acquisition, amongst other items. What is interesting to note is the transaction of the merger was expected to close on July 1st, 2010, but it seems that both sides knew there would be some delays in the acquisition.

Such approval occurred by way of the affirmative vote of a majority of the (i) holders of the outstanding shares of Palm common stock, Series B preferred stock and Series C preferred stock at the close of business on the record date, May 24, 2010, voting together as a single class on an as-converted basis, and (ii) holders of the outstanding shares of Palm common stock not beneficially owned by Elevation Partners, L.P., or its affiliates.

The transaction is expected to close on Wednesday, July 1, 2010.

Now the next step we need is the announcement, hopefully before the end of summer, of a new handset running webOS.


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