Foleo News, Hawkins Interviews & Possible Release Date
After a few quiet weeks, Palm's corporate blog has been updated with two embedded YouTube videos. The short videos (approx. 4 minutes total runtime) contain footage of Jeff Hawkins going into additional detail about the inspiration behind the Foleo and why the Foleo's instantaneous response will lead to a more pleasing user experience.
The blog post, dated July 11th, concludes with a few links to notable Foleo stories from around the web, including Brighthand's hands-on article and a ZDNet interview with the Foleo product manager giving another hands-on tour of the product.
In additional Foleo news, Brighthand has posted a news item from an anonymous tipster revealing a possible release date for the product of August 22nd. The Foleo will enjoy a period of initial exclusivity through Palm's retail stores, kiosks, and web site before spreading to mass retail merchants such as Best Buy in November.
Palm continues to maintain a reasonable presence in U.S. "brick and mortar" retail outlets despite a stale and static line of PDAs that have not been updated in nearly two years. Perhaps the arrival of the Foleo is going to coincide with a renewed push by Palm through its existing retail distribution network and partners -- something many of its competitors in the smartphone sector cannot tout.
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