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Hopes High for Next Week's TechXNY

Starting on Tuesday is TechXNY, which might be easier to recognize under its old name, PC Expo. Companies frequently take advantage of this large annual tradeshow to introduce their new products and make other announcements. This year will be no different as PalmSource, Palm, Sony, and Handspring are all expected to use TechXNY to get out the word about their products.

Probably the question on everyone's mind is, "Will any companies announce Palm OS 5 handhelds?" On Wednesday morning, David Nagel, President and CEO of PalmSource, will be putting on a keynote address where he'll be talking up the new version of its operating system, which was released to licensees earlier this month. This would certainly be spiced up with a demonstration of an actual handheld running it.

The best candidate for announcing an OS 5 device is Palm. It is the only one of the main licensees who isn't likely to announce a new OS 4 device at TechXNY. Announcing an OS 5 device will almost certainly cut heavily into sales of high-end OS 4 ones but Palm hasn't introduced a new OS 4 device since March. Also, the company said back in February that it would release a wireless OS 5 device by this fall. However, the company, mindful of the debacle which followed its too-early announcement of the m500 series, is unlikely to announce a new handheld unless it is going to release it in the next few weeks.

According to rumor, Sony is going to announce a U.S. version of the T650C at TechXNY. The T650C is an OS 4.1 model that is essentially a T615C with an MP3 player added that Sony released in Japan earlier this month.

It's possible that Handspring will announce the Treo 300 next week, though this is more of a long shot. At this point, Handspring doesn't appear to have received FCC approval for the 300, a necessary requirement for its release in the U.S. The Treo 300 is a CDMA version of the company's smartphone which will run on Sprint's 3G wireless network.

A dark-horse candidate is Garmin, who licenced the Palm OS early last year but has yet to release any products running it. However, PalmSource's Mike Mace hinted back in February that Garmin has plans to release a GPS device that runs the Palm OS sometime soon.

TechXNY won't be just about hardware, though. Expect a slew of software announcements, too.

I ought to warn you, I don't have a good track record at predicting what will be announced at tradeshows. Every one of my predictions for the Consumer Electronics Show in January was wrong. -Ed

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Let's get it on!

Foo Fighter @ 6/22/2002 4:46:34 PM #
Bring on the new hardware!!!!!!

RE: Let's get it on!
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/22/2002 6:23:54 PM #
and Ebay the old =).. or hand it down to wives and girlfriends.

Can't Wait

abosco @ 6/22/2002 7:48:01 PM #
I have a strong feeling Palm will introduce an OS 5 device. 206 mhz, 32 mb, 320x320, 16 bit color, sd/mmc & UC slots, m5xx form, all in a trully stunning silver aluminum body would hit the media just fine. At least that's what I'm hoping for but you never know. Those PC Expo shows are pretty damn unpredictable!

-Bosco
RE: Can't Wait
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/22/2002 8:24:59 PM #
I agree, Can't wait.
BUT I feel Palm Inc. are going to have to do just a little bit better. Sony has a device out, sure not OS5, but wicked screen, which is what people want now, Multimedia, etc.
This is not to say that I and many people won't buy a Palm Inc. OS5 device, but to get ahead and not just keep up, will be a challenge for Palm, and indeed any handheld manufacturer.
I feel and hope Palm will have to have something extra in the first release of OS5 m5xx?
Maybe Qrt VGA, bright saturated colours with soft graffitti, MP3 headphone jack, real speaker for voice record/playback, wireless option, all in a Palm V form factor. This would get recognition, but still would not represent anything new.
Its going to be very cut-throat for device manufacturers over the next few years as people have seen handhelds now, and seen/heard off new technologies and expectations are higher than ever, and will just get higher.

Bruce

I can
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/22/2002 8:49:50 PM #
And even though such a device would be tempting, it will still have SUDS with that form factor! A new OS wont change hardware bugs...
RE: I Can
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/22/2002 9:00:17 PM #
What do you mean? Bugs with this form factor?

Bruce

RE: Can't Wait
abosco @ 6/22/2002 9:03:05 PM #
Agreed that this device may not be SUPER innovative and cut-throat, but just think of all the innovation there has been in the handheld industry. Is there a feature that should be in a Palm handheld that would not cost a lot that is not already on the market? Lets try a short checklist of recent innovations (and don't flame me if I forget something or if it was created a while back).

Integrated bluetooth/802.11a/b- yes
Always on wireless access to email and internet- yes
Smartphones- yes
Streaming video and multimedia- yes
MP3 player/playback- yes
Voice memo- yes
Voice recognition (for smartphones)- yes
Integrated digital camera- yes
320x320+ screen resolution and 16 bit color- yes
Integrated keyboard or virtual graffiti- yes

With good PIM software and one or two of these features, what more does a handheld computer owner need? What other innovation is there a demand for?

-Bosco

RE: I Can
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/23/2002 10:39:10 AM #
I think somebody has been DRINKING too much suds.
RE: Can't Wait
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/23/2002 8:42:13 PM #
>>Sony has a device out, sure not OS5, but wicked screen, which is what people want now, Multimedia, etc.
This is not to say that I and many people won't buy a Palm Inc. OS5 device, but to get ahead and not just keep up, will be a challenge for Palm, and indeed any handheld manufacturer.
I feel and hope Palm will have to have something extra in the first release of OS5 m5xx?
Maybe Qrt VGA, bright saturated colours with soft graffitti,

You say they have to better sony - then you ask for "Qrt VGA". Sonys 320 * 320 is better then QVA (320*240) and the Sony NR series has half VGA (320 * 480). So why would you want to only go with handera res? BTW - to all Handera fans/users: i have never use one , but just how the heck does a 160*160 app translate to 320*240? do you only double every other pixel? how does thios work? there must be problems with this - no?

RE: Can't Wait
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/24/2002 6:47:18 AM #
Yes there are problems, that why there is such a small amount of apps that support HE.

Whatever comes out will be better than what we actually have, according to OS 5 spects the new devices (at least not the cheap ones) will have 320x320, multimedia sound and video. And most importantly the new processor that actual devices don't have, this means they won't become obsolete and will be able to run new software titles only compatible with ARM.

Will Handspring be there?

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/22/2002 10:38:25 PM #
I was reading on another board (from someone who has a good track record with such things and lives in NYC) that Handspring was NOT going to be at TechXNY. He went to compare this with BE, before they went away.
RE: Will Handspring be there?
Ed @ 6/23/2002 12:15:47 AM #
True, Handspring doesn't have a booth, which is part of the reason why I think the Treo 300 announcement is a long shot, but they will be in attendance at at least one press event. Palm and Sony will both have booths.

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Streaming Video

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/23/2002 3:38:01 PM #
probably a stupid question, but is there streaming video for this event for the people who want to see it but cant bet there?
RE: Streaming Video
Ed @ 6/23/2002 4:00:42 PM #
VisorCentral/TreoCentral will have some video reports from the Expo. Check their site starting Tuesday.

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RE: Streaming Video
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/23/2002 4:55:57 PM #
Thanks a lot! Will they only have news on Handsprings or what?
RE: Streaming Video
sub_tex @ 6/23/2002 8:03:56 PM #
I'm going to the DV Expo, and i'm bringing my camera, so if i happen to see any pda goodies at the show i'll be sure to post te pics or videos.

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