Palm have been accused of under-marketing the Pre to the general public (as opposed to rabid bloggers and tech-followers), and they're hoping to turn that around with their first proper advert for the smartphone. Called "Flow", it uses 1,000 choreographed kung fu experts to illustrate the Pre's connectivity.
If Palm thought they could seize the Pre spotlight with their Google I/O demo, they were sadly disappointed. As well as their official HTML5 demo we've also seen the results of the Pre's 3-megapixel autofocus camera, courtesy of both Palm themselves and one of the company's Lead Software engineers.
My Pre reports that a tipster with a webOS emulator has found that the Pre will utilize IMAP IDLE. This means that users on GMail will have near instantaneous reception of new emails. That’s right, it’s getting pushed down to the phone from the GMail servers.
Pre-day is a little over a week away, and if you're anything like some members of the SlashGear team you're wringing your hands in anticipation. Over at our Palm-loving sibling site My Pre they've got something that could keep you from tearing your hair out: the Getting Started Guide, Features Guide and full User Guide for the smartphone.
Today has been exciting for mobile phone enthusiasts. First, information on the HTC Lancaster was released. Details about the Lancaster include a 2.8" touchscreen, full size slide out QWERTY, and will feature a unique HTC Social Networking integration client. Launch date on ATT is slated for August 3rd.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was accused by many of attempting to stoke demand when he warned that stock of the Palm Pre on launch day might be limited, but news coming out of Best Buy and RadioShack suggests there could be many disappointed people on June 6th. According to an insider at Best Buy, the approximately 1,000 stores taking part in the Pre launch will have roughly 4,250 handsets to share between them, averaging out at just four units per location.
Meanwhile, a separate RadioShack tipster has confirmed that 721 of the company's stores will be selling the Pre on June 6th, "limited to high coastal areas like New York, New Jersey, California, Miami, Texas, etc." While specific stock figures are unknown, he estimated just two Pre devices per RadioShack.
After the cut: Best Buy Palm Pre waiting list opening this weekend?
The countdown to the Palm Pre has now started in earnest, and while there's talk of stock shortages it's not getting in the way of a good old-fashioned launch party. Our Pre-obsessed sibling site, My Pre, has been invited to the Palm and Sprint launch event on Wednesday June 3rd.
Those hoping to come home with a Palm Pre on June 6th might do well to start queuing early, as Sprint CEO Dan Hesse predicts the carrier will not have sufficient handsets to meet initial demand. Speaking at an investors conference, Hesse explained the relative shortage of Pre advertising as down to managing consumer expectations. Meanwhile, an unnamed source at a Sprint retail partner has revealed that there will be less than 30,000 Pre units available at launch.
Bell Mobility and Palm have announced that the carrier will be the exclusive debut for the Pre smartphone in Canada. Set to launch in the second half of 2009, the smartphone will be the same 3G EVDO Rev.A handset as Sprint users will get in the US.
Palm's webOS is showing its face, courtesy of leaked screenshots from the developers' SDK. An unnamed developer released these images, which show the Pre's platform mid-call, flaunting its status and settings pages, and in Google Maps.