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Palm Announces $22 Million Loss of $366 Million Profit, Still Hopeful

Palm Announces $22 Million Loss of $366 Million Profit, Still Hopeful

As expected, Palm isn't doing that hot. The company declared at the end of last month that their lacking smartphones sales had made them decrease their revenue expectations, so the numbers we're hearing today aren't that surprising. And while the number of smartphones they shipped is significant, it's unfortunately not a good representation of the number of smartphones they actually sold. Still, the company has high hopes for what's to come.

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The Palm Paradox

The Palm Paradox

It's been a rough few weeks for the folks at Palm. First false rumors about Palm shutting down production lines, followed by less than stellar results have once again started the usual suspects putting Palm on either some death watch or have them about to be sold to (insert vendor's name here _____). Regarding the second, I don't believe Jon Rubenstein came out of retirement to build a world class product only to have it sold to (insert vendor's name here _____). But with regards to the whole death watch theme, Palm reminds me a lot of TiVo these days. It's not just the death watch meme that's plagued TiVo for years, it's the fact that Palm suffers from their own version of the TiVo paradox.

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Palm CEO: Verizon launch “below expectations”

Palm CEO: Verizon launch “below expectations”

After Palm's dreary financial expectations caused their share price to plummet earlier this week, a leaked email from company CEO Jon Rubinstein has revealed some of the ways the company is looking to boost webOS device sales (together with throw a little blame around).  In the email, Rubinstein admits that "this news is difficult to swallow" but claims to have met with Verizon Wireless who "acknowledged that their execution of our launch was below expectations and recommitted to working with us to improve sales."  Those tactics will include greater training of Verizon reps by Palm's so-called "Brand Ambassadors", together with more advertising.

Palm downgrade revenue expectations over “slower than expected” sales

Palm downgrade revenue expectations over “slower than expected” sales

Palm have sheepishly updated their revenue guidance figures for the third fiscal quarter of 2010, blaming "slower than expected consumer adoption of the company’s products" - also known as "people not realising they really, really need a Palm smartphone" - for the shortfall.  According to the press release, lower than expected demand has led to carriers deferring deliveries of webOS devices, and will result in 2010 revenues being "well below" the $1.6bn to $1.8bn initially predicted.

Palm webOS 1.4 coming Feb 25th with video recording?

Palm webOS 1.4 coming Feb 25th with video recording?

This coming Thursday is shaping up to be an interesting day, if the various rumors we're hearing about launches and releases pan out.  After talk earlier of Apple beginning to accept WiFi iPad preorders on February 25th, now PreCentral reckon that will also be the day that the webOS 1.4 update gets pushed out.  They've heard from a source at Verizon that this Thursday will see the update released, initially in batches of 100,000 handsets, and bringing with it video recording functionality among other things.

Google Voice webapp bypasses iPhone and webOS app stores

Google Voice webapp bypasses iPhone and webOS app stores

If Google can't get Google Voice onto the iPhone via the App Store, then they're just going to go the long way instead and get in there via the browser.  The search giant has just announced a new, web-based version of Google Voice that allows users to access the VoIP service via their smartphone browser.  Coded with the magic of HTML5, the nippy app works with the iPhone and webOS devices like the Palm Pre, and supports calling, voicemail access and SMS.

Video demo after the cut

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Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on sale now

Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on sale now

The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus have arrived for sale at Verizon Wireless' online store, and as expected they run to $149.99 for the Pre Plus and $99.99 for the Pixi Plus thanks to a $100 online discount.  Both webOS smartphones pack a few feature upgrades over their Sprint predecessors, with the Pixi Plus adding WiFi and the Pre Plus - as we discovered in our review last week - getting an improved keyboard, more memory and a MiFi-style 3G sharing app.

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Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus priced; Free Verizon handset offer

Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus priced; Free Verizon handset offer

You may have missed it from our Palm Pre Plus review earlier in the week, but Verizon Wireless have kicked off sales of the new webOS smartphone by offering a BOGOF offer for the Palm Pixi Plus.  Between now and February 14th 2010, anyone who picks up a $149.99 Palm Pre Plus or $99.99 Palm Pixi Plus from Verizon will get a second, free Pixi Plus.  Full details after the cut, plus a tidbit for Sprint customers envious of the Verizon mobile hotspot app.

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Palm Pre Plus Review for Verizon Wireless

Palm Pre Plus Review for Verizon Wireless

Palm had plenty to live up to at CES 2010, having done a reasonable job of rejuvenating their business the previous year with the surprise introduction of the Palm Pre. This time around they rolled out a more incremental update, the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, both headed to Verizon Wireless' network. We've had the former on the SlashGear test bench; check out our review after the cut.

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Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus hit Verizon Jan 25; webOS getting video capture

Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus hit Verizon Jan 25; webOS getting video capture

Palm have announced the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, and as expected they're headed to Verizon Wireless.  The Palm Pre Plus doubles memory to 16GB and drops the navigation button, while the Pixi Plus gets the WiFi that was missing from the Sprint Pixi.  Meanwhile both Verizon handsets will get a new 3G mobile hotspot application that, like a MiFi, will allow users to share their EVDO Rev.A connection with up to five connected WiFi clients.

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