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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.

AT&T may get Palm Pre if FCC files are correct

AT&T may get Palm Pre if FCC files are correct

I recently had a chance to play with the Palm Pre Plus for a bit and I actually liked the device pretty well. If it was on AT&T, I don’t think I would run out and switch to the Pre, but the device is a good choice for those on Verizon. Files spied over at the FCC are suggesting that AT&T may in fact be getting its own version of the Pre in May.

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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 webOS 1.3.5.2 update hits Europe

Palm Pre webOS 1.3.5.2 update hits Europe

Palm have released webOS 1.3.5.2 for European Pre users, a firmware upgrade that bundles together the collective improvements of the 1.3.5 and 1.3.5.1 updates US users saw last week.  Among the improvements are more space allotted for the installation of third-party applications, the ability to tether the Pre via Bluetooth (though make sure this is something O2 is happy with you doing first, unless you want to run the risk of penalties should they discover it), and animated GIF support in the browser.

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