Palm Blog Hints at Web 2.0 Announcement
In what looks to be the first genuinely solid bit of Pre-related information directly from Palm since CES, a new Palm Blog post has appeared hinting at a substantial bit of new WebOS or Pre-related info from the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. While I would assume Palm will announce a semi-firm release date, the device's pricing or even the announcement of the SDK availability (see our earlier story on the August arrival of Palm's new WebOS book) could be in the works. To date, no Pre release date has been given other than the usual "first half ‘09" heard since CES. Entitled "Watch this space: No foolin" Palm basically squashes any chance of the announcement being an ill-timed April fool's joke. Ironically enough, Palm also suggests following their Twitter updates (@palm_inc) for the latest breaking news.
As covered yesterday, Palm will have a presence at Web 2.0, as evidenced by a keynote given by Palm's very own Michael Abott later today. Given that most of the mobile press is likely at CTIA and would seemingly make for a more appropriate venue for Palm to make any kind of an introduction, the Web 2.0 Expo is also a logical venue, given Palm's newfound focus on cloud computing with the WebOS. Other unsubstantiated rumors circulating online this week have suggested that the initial batch of Pre hardware is packaged and ready to go but awaiting a final firmware update and Sprint's confirmation.
Palm's Web 2.0 keynote begins at 5:10 PM PST. PalmInfocenter is also attending CTIA and will be posting coverage and updates from the show throughout the week.