How to Kill the (Pre) Buzz
Despite riding a strong wave of post-CES media and user buzz alongside several Best of Show awards, over two months have now passed since the initial unveiling of Palm's new Pre smartphone and WebOS at CES. Yesterday's highly-anticipated Sprint + Palm Webinar left many users, myself included, quite disappointed with the utter lack of new information presented about the device and its accompanying OS. US News & World Report now chimes in with their take on the situation.
Written by David LaGesse, "How to Kill the Buzz: Say-Nothing Briefings for the Palm Pre" gives a quick summary of the rampant disappointment online at the lack of new information or feature clarification during yesterday's webcast. LaGesse offers his own take on the quickly souring sentiment surrounding Palm's "hail mary" effort and offers some choice excepts from several industry analysts and media figures, including speculation from Tom Krazit at CNet that "…without revealing any of the important details, Palm is leaving room for skeptics to wonder if the Pre actually is far from finished".
The US News piece concludes with a reminder of Apple's plans to offer a preview of select features of the 3.0 version of the iPhone OS next week. The general consensus in rumorville is that Apple will release 3rd-generation hardware to accompany its OS refresh sometime in the June or July timeframe.
In addition to the dearth of new info yesterday, last month's MWC in Barcelona brought very little in the way of official Palm news aside from a spy shot of a GSM version of the Pre. CTIA 2009 in Las Vegas, the site of the Pre's unveiling back in January, is the next potential venue for new Pre-related information.
Frequently Tweeted Questions
Also of interest is Wednesday's Palm Blog post that offers a few vague FTQ ("Frequently Tweeted Questions") responses to some common questions posed to Palm. Palm reiterates the Pre's availability "…on the Sprint network sometime in the first half of 2009. Pre will be available outside the US, but no release date has yet been announced".
On the topic of future WebOS-powered devices after the Pre, Palm's blog offers: "Pre is just the beginning! The webOS operating system was designed to drive the next decade of innovative mobile products. Over the coming years, you can expect to see a wide range of devices with different features for all kinds of customers on various carriers.
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