Check out this article on BusinessWorld, where the writer talks about his first hands-on with Palm's next-gen OS, Pre:
Then there’s a neat feature dubbed synergy that doesn’t distinguish between contacts, calendars or messages from a number of sources, including a user’s Facebook contacts, a home or office PC Outlook program, email sources or instant messaging choices.
If the software works as promised (and other companies allow links), it truly can tear down the walls between the many sources of information and communication that we all use today.
Palm has chosen Sprint and its U.S.-based 3G network as its exclusive launch partner for the device, expected to hit shelves “sometime in the first half,” Palm CEO Ed Colligan says.
Lol at the calling of multi-tasking apps "unique" (in other part of article). But still, this could be the kick Palm needs to get back into the game!
Now I'm starting to miss my Handspring Visor and Treo 650
I'm just hope Palm gets it right this time. They're finally offering the features people really want (finally WiFi will become a standard), but their software had better be something extraordinary.
This literally is a make-or-break situation for Palm I believe, and even though I've moved on to Nokia while Colligan and Co. were getting left behind, I'd hate to see the platform driving my trusty Handspring Visor Deluxe go kaput.
I agree it's make or break, but really, they've gotten it right before, they just didn't improve on that. They're still getting the old stuff right, just couldn't figure out the new stuff.
Hopefully this is a change in the right direction, I'll know soon enough.
I like the idea of easy programming, but I'm worried about the ability/power of it for responsive backbone apps.
Just hoping they can be more impressive than Symbian, and start stealing share from M$ and force them to work harder too. Both RIM and Apple are slowly driving forward, but they're comfortable with their level of dominance/loyalty to their solutions.
Ah yes, really true that Palm got the fundamental stuff right, but the company got left behind on new features. Remember how long we were all pining for built-in Wifi, and they made it available on Windows Mobile?
Palm has the greatest potential to succeed right now I think, since they've been watching everyone else and basically building on what's been wowing people, IMO.
Yeah the other thing is that since they are so down, but have such an intererested current and former fan base, they definitely have the most potential to succeed, it's like Apple after the Newton and Power PC days, all they needed was to make something just a handful of non-fanbois could like and voila, vibrant again.
That's what I think can happen here, just don't fall flat on your face, and lkely Palm will get back in the game. However they still need a direction to go to, not just a one hit wonder that bring people and then they leave again.
Right now I think the adantage is that none of the other really have done it as right as palm first did. All of the major players have major flaws, address those specifically and you become a powerful player, ignore them and fail like the rest, except with less capital to rely on.
If they rely on the quality of their product and not the buzz of their potential, maybe we'll see another player to push the entire market forward, Apple and RIM were the last two to give it a good nudge, now we need something fresh from either Palm, Nokia or M$.
Yes, that is absolutely something Palm can call its own. They were the pioneer. They were the first peeps with a workable portable keyboard. They literally created the entire smartphone industry (or at least Handspring did).
And that has a lot to do with addressing a shortcoming, something similar to what you've said about the current major players and their flaws. Amazingly, the key to Palm's success with pre depends a lot on the solutions they plan to provide—the more things change, the more they stay the same.