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Here's a shot of the Palm Touchstone wireless dock/charger.
the event has concluded, stay tuned for more pics and details shortly
Jon and ed onstagee together. thanks to the team and to us for being here. this new platform is gonna be the basis for the next decade of Palm's efforts. wow
Palm's human centered focus is the thing that sets them apart-what Ed just said. I'm in agreement too!
All development is done for the platform with ease, he says
He's calling the Palm Pre the phone that thinks ahead. More pqrtner talk-dataviz, amazon, pandora, mobitv, Yahoo, telenav, fandanngo, Chapura, Google, aol
Ed's back on. yeah! Now he's recapping the whole gig
We are being innundated with more Facebook propaganda. People are still asleep I the crowd.
We are being innundated with more Facebook propaganda. People are still asleep I the crowd.
Over 20 million eople are accessing Facebook from mobile devices.
Facebook connect for mobile devices is coming later this year
Timeline of Facebook's history is up. personalized content yada yada yada
. More WebOS! More Palm Pre! More Ed!
CEO of Faceboook is here today. kinda surprising.
Talking about Palm's 3rd party and content provider add-ons. Facebook is here today too.
Pre will be available in 1st half 2009. but its not finished or certified yet he just said.
Dan's going off now. Ed's back on.
This has turned into a Sprint propaganda rally and the crowd has fallen asleep. No more applause.
Talking about cost savings vs. Verizon & AT&T. Blah blah blah.
Web browser side view activated via tilt sensor
Sprint is fully behind Palm's web-centric initiative. Simly Everything plan blah blah blah
Sprint propagannda about their great network coverage blah blah blah. nothing about WiMax, obviously.
Multiple web browser "cards" open
Web browser showing the blue man group website
Oh the Palm Pre has a slight curve to it ala the HTC G1 Android phone. Again, Why Sprint? As impressive as this thing is, I am not jumping ship for it. Too bad!
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is now on stage... Sprint will be first with "the pre"
Palm pre is going to launch with Sprint, will likely be an exclusive
Dan Hesse from Sprint is on now. Yuck-no Verizon, no GSM. Why does the next gen phone platform appear on the wal-mart of wireless providers. I feel the lack of a GSM versions isn't going to go over well with the innternational press here seated near us.
ed's callling it a ''LifePhone''. this is what the LifeDrive should've been. palm partners on now. SPRINT EXCLUSIVE-UGH!
ed is back on. he's got a live device in his hands. nice!
Web browser showing Google results
Touchstone looks like a little slanted hockey puck...
Ohhh its wireless inductive charging. no more bulks cradles. Looks like a hockey puck. the new phone even integrates with touchstone
Palm Touchstone - Wireless Inductive Charging systsem
Jon is talking about their new touchstone. I have no idea what it is.
Ruby is back up now to show new accessories
That was jaw dropping!! rubinstein is on now. matthias did a phenomenal demo.
Keyboard shape looks like BB bold. wider and less of a smile than older Garnet Treos. It might be composed of the Treo pro/centro single sheet stuff.
quote: ''webos palm will never get u in your face and interrupt your current task''.
Developers can write html/css/javascrit appplet widgets to run on the desktop. nice.
Music player looks barebones but functuonal. sorta like newer BlackBerry media players.
alerts are stashed in the lower right corner...sorta like how facebook handles your alerts. nice. they call this bottom panel the Dashboard.
OOH incoming texts and alerts and emails roll in at thw atatus bar of the app you are currently in-no nterruptions. Think of the old t3/t5/tx palms but totally overhauled!
Even on the launcher/desktop your cards rotate automatically and reformat. fantastic!
discrete pop-op notifications/alerts scroll up from the bottom of the screen
Browser works quite well in landscape mode. NO accelerometer lag like the BB storm. Gesture area handles scrolling in web pages: ''gestures do not impede your reading''. WOW WOW WOW!
Multiple browser "cards" supported, unlimited
Nice pinch/drag circle multitouch gestures. web browser renders web pages quite well. Supports multiple browser tabs aka ''cards''. Boookmarks show thumbnail shots of your web pages. nice!
Browser supports full html and zooming, via multitouch
Goooge, Maps app & Wikiedia are also linked into the search results. I AM STUNNED. you can find anything on the device or on the web from the launcher. fantastic!
Web browser looks good, showing google results now. not many details yet but this thing is mostly built on web tech
Keyboard integration into launcher. Much better than Palm's old Find function
Gesture activated task switcher
Cool! in a threaded sms chat, it integrates with aim or facebook or whatever and shows if your char recipient is on or offline. Damn, you can roll a email or instant messaging ap right into a threaded sms chat.
Now on Instant Messaging (AIM etc). Threaded sms is back and better than ever. Yes!!!
I have to admit, the whole thing is phenomenal but long-time Palm OS users are gonna have a huge learning curve ahead of 'em. but I think its for the best absolutelty
Palm webOS launcher
Now he's talking about email multitasking, again via cards
has a ''start typin to start searching emails'' like Vista's Mail app
Email app is way overhauled from Chatter and VersaMail. you have a single inbox that pulls from all accounts. wow!
Calendar ''folds'' open time (unused space). good utilization of available screen real estate!
New calendar app looks nice- much better use of color and good scoll integration. Good implemenntation of overlapping schedules & conficts
Email being demo'd
''Synergy'' is how it will imntegrate all contacts or other PIM data. Integration on an OS level with Facebook. Contacts list shows someones's Facebook status, Outlook data & Google info
Still getting used to these names - Palm WebOS and Palm pre
No drag handles or window panes or X icons to close it. TONS of newness being shown here!
Drag contacts to the notepad. uses a Mac-esque ''throw away'' action
Live Demo - there is no save button in this UI, no closeboxes etc... Just cards
Phenomenal multitasking-not windowd but little cards on the workspace.
We will have video highlights later this afternoon
Notes app is absolutrly great looking. uses metaphor of a home message board with pushpins
No noticable lag in the UI whatsever. and he's using a live device
The live demo is very impressive so far!
Talking about gsture area replacing the trafitional ppalm hard buttons. wow again!
More pics are on the way, uploads are a little slow at the moment so stay tuned for more
Photo app looks phenomenal with a sidebar-esque panel. wow!
It supports a number of unique gestures for navigation and actions
organic finger gestures. all basic navigation is gestures. no stylus
screen physical size is 3.1 inches
Touchscreen goes beyond the screen.
LIVE DEMO of WebOS
Wow Matthias is on stage now
Oh wow, he's slamming virtual keyboards !! slide down smile qwerty boards. looks like the Trei Pro but in smile layout
Slide out qwerty keyboard!
Rrmovable battery, MicroUSB AND NATIVE MASS STORAGE SUPPORT YES!
3.5mm headset jack and the traditional ring/vibrate switch. yes!
3mp camera with DSP and led flash
removable battery, 3.0 megapixel camera, microUSB
320 x 480 touchscreen display
320x480 lcd with multitouchl a gesture area under the screen-like the old silkscreened Graffiti area
Palm pre: GPS, Bluetooth, Fast Processor TI OMAP
BT 2.1 802.11g gps 8gb internally fast TI Omap CPU, their latest cpu
New handset looks like an older HTC in black but slimmmer
Palm pre: EvDO - CDMA, WiFi, 8GB storage
Palm PRE is the new device!
access anywhere on the web to your data is crucial! this is starting to sound good, guys
the Palm pre
Ed: developers no new languages to learn if you're a web developer
HTML/CSS/ajax is the building blocks of the new os. the right phone hardware is KEY and must be killer!
The whole thing is built on HTML and CSS
PALM webOS is the official name of Nova!
Palm webOS is the official name
Colligan - THe default thinking of this new platform is to connect to the cloud
New platform is gonna be THE center to connect to the cloud. Desktop PC sync is beong phased out
I am overwhelmed with deja vu (again) from the LifeDrive and Foleo propaganda from a few years ago.
Ruby on the beach...
Kris is liveblogging from the 755p!
''people want to separate their lives but want it in separate silos''-vanity email addresses given as an example. ''INFORMATION EVERYWHERE'' IS PLASTERED ON THE SCREEN
Colligan is telling the story of how they got to the new platform and the latest innovations
Oh no! A joke from Gekko about ''Batman utility belts'' necessitating the snartphone!
Colligan - Today all our data is on the Internet
New ''stuff'' coming but he's first taking us on a history lesson of getting orgaized-cue pictures of notepads and pens
Colligan: ''How can we simplify peoples' lives when they are on the go''? Talking about making technology invisible
Ed Colligan: Palm is the right company - "Mobile is our DNA"
Colligan is here talking about improving peoples' lives ...''pockets, not processors''. Good talk about day to dat usability
Ruby is handing off to Colligan
Rubinstein is on stage talking about innteroperability & flxibility of data....LifeDrive & Foleo, anyone?
Now on to social networking (Facebook) and how info is scattered and fragmented. Ed C seems really in rahh-rah mode today.
Ruby: The opportunity it to put all you data in one place, with the right phone and the right platform
Ruby: The next wave is clearly mobile devices...
Colligan dropped by his beach pad in Mexico to pitch him the Palm opportunity.
Rubenstein is on stage is telling the story about how he came to Palm...
Here we go!
Due to connection issues, Kris may have to liveblog from his Treo 755p.
The announcer just requested silent mode on all phones, should be a few more minutes...
7 Minutes to go, unbelievable there is no press wifi connection here.
Kris and I are seated in the second row (the first is reserved) next to the guys from Nexave.de
T-minus 20 minutes... Please forgive the typos during the liveblog....
The empty stage, there is a HUGE projection screen behind it.
The entrance to the Palm Venetian Ballroom.
And we are in!
Still waiting to get in Kris and I are third in line, the line itself is 100+ now and is snaking around the hallway corner.
EvDO tethering with the Olive Green Centro established!
Kris and I are in line waiting to get in... the queue is about 15 people now...
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