Palm OS Devices Compatible with Sprint Web
If basking in the light of new Palm device launches months ahead of chief competitor Verizon wasn't enough, Palm OS users on the Sprint network have one more reason to remain committed to their carrier of choice. A recent post on the Palm corporate blog reveals that Sprint's new adaptive web service, Sprint Web, is certified for all Palm OS smartphones offered by Sprint. Sprint Web learns from users' search histories and tailors homepage content based on the results of past search inquiries.
Curiously, neither the blog post nor the official press release make any mention of any Windows Mobile-powered Treos utilizing the Sprint Web feature, despite the recent launch of the flagship Treo 800w on Sprint last month.
Perhaps picking up on some of the user frustration at the budget-oriented Palm Centro stealing the spotlight from the higher-end Palm OS Treos in the Google Mobile Maps location service launch, Kimberly S, Palm's Product Manager for smartphones, specifically mentions the Treo 755p and 700p alongside the Centro as being compatible with Sprint Web.
The Sprint Web adaptive search function is not the only new bit of news, as Palm also mentions that a standard Google search box has been added to the Sprint Web homepage for users preferring to make conventional web search queries. The full text of the Sprint Web press release can be found here.
The new Sprint Web home page uses technology by ChangingWorlds, a global expert in mobile Internet personalization and content discovery technologies, to provide each customer with dynamic, relevant content and information as a result of their past usage. This makes each customer's Sprint Web home page unique, depending on their interests. For example, if a customer continually goes to sports links, the top sports stories will be featured. This allows customers to quickly get relevant information based on what they use most, making it easier to navigate the Internet on their phones and reducing the time they spend looking for content.
For those users who would rather bypass Sprint's new mobile homepage, we can suggest Palm's clean but infrequently updated web portal or, better yet, our very own PhoneFavs mobile web portal, discussed here.