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O2 UK getting Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus in April 2010?

O2 UK getting Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus in April 2010?

Could Palm's attempt to reinvigorate their dreary financial performance include adding the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus to their O2 line-up?  That's the rumor over at Tracy & Matt, who have received an anonymous tip claiming that the two devices will arrive in April 2010.  O2 have already been offering the GSM version of the Palm Pre for some months now, but so far the Pixi - which has a smaller display and candybar form-factor - is yet to make an appearance outside of the US.

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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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Palm Pre gets 800MHz overclock [Video]

Palm Pre gets 800MHz overclock [Video]

Palm Pre not fast enough for you?  The Pre Plus doubles the webOS smartphone's RAM but leaves the processor (a 600MHz TI OMAP 3430 underclocked by Palm to 500MHz) unchanged; happily where Palm themselves seemingly fear to tread, owners themselves have no such qualms.  A couple of mod-happy Pre owners have overclocked the smartphone to 800MHz, resulting in swifter performance and, surprisingly, no significant increase in power consumption.

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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.

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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