It's only been a day since we reported that Nokia was planning on keeping carrier branding as far away from the N900 and Maemo-enabled devices as possible, but it looks like all of that just changed. In a big way. And now, it seems that Nokia is taking a stand in the other direction, leaving us to wonder what the deal really is. Was our excitement misplaced? Or is Nokia just trying to calm the waters, before any real announcements regarding the upcoming N900's release on carriers is released?
We'll never argue with more apps showing up for the Palm Pre - after all, they just pave the way for a software download frenzy on the Palm Pixi when that arrives later in 2009 - so we're glad to hear of another two webOS titles fresh to the Palm Beta App Catalog. First up is gDial Pro, an app which can be used to access and manage your Google Voice account; second comes iLike Concerts, a tool which looks out for your preferred artists and flags up nearby performances.
In case you didn't spot it among all the live shots of the Palm Pixi and our hands-on video, Sprint have dropped the price of the Palm Pre from $199.99 to $149.99, presuming you're willing to sign up to a two-year contract. The first sticker cut the webOS smartphone has seen since its launch several months ago, the reduction suggests that Sprint are aiming for a roughly $99.99 tag for the Pixi when it launches later in the year.
Rumors of Palm releasing a candybar phone with front-facing QWERTY keyboard have been around since the launch of the Palm Pre. Well, as of tonight the Pixi is no longer a rumor. Similar to the Palm Pre, Pixi is powered by WebOS and has a multi-touch capacitive display, 8GB of internal user storage memory, the same removable 1150 mAh battery and proximity sensor, among other things. However it squeezes all of that into an incredibly compact casing: just 111 x 55 x 10.85 mm, thinner than an iPhone 3GS.
It's about time the Pre got a hearty leak of its own. And this is a doozy, for all the Pre owners out there aching for an update of some kind. It looks like a lucky member of PreCentral's forums caught a lucky break, when it came to rebooting his phone to a factory standard setting. When the device turned on, he immediately found something pretty strange. The phone had automatically installed webOS 1.2 for him.
Everyone involved with the Pre, from analysts, to consumers, to even employees of Palm who aren't exactly in the know, have been anxiously waiting to see the results from the Pre's launch back in June. Was it a success? A failure? Did it make a splash at all? And, perhaps most importantly, how did it stack up to the competition? It looks like we might actually have a real shot at finding out, coming up in about two weeks.
In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, there is a line from the Red Queen, in which she states, “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” In evolution, this is a theory that is also known as an “arms race to nowhere”, in which two different species evolve in tandem, one after the other, in an infinite loop. The reason, is because as one system evolves, then the other must evolve with it, just to keep pace.
And so the system is unending and essential for the survival of a species.
It’s no different in the technology ecosystem. In fact, it’s a lot more evident there, as we can see the fruits of these evolutionary developments as clear as day. We watched as the iPhone became the iPhone 3G, and while it may not have been leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in a lot of ways, we witnessed the 3G become the 3GS. And in turn, we saw almost every other major phone manufacturer develop phones to counter the iPhone. You’ve heard of them: the mythical iPhone killer.
Listings for several new devices have appeared in Verizon's inventory database and been leaked courtesy of a phoneArena tipster. While the handsets include the BlackBerry Storm 2, HTC Touch Pro2 (XV6875) and Samsung Omnia II, all of which we've known for some time will be arriving on the network, also mentioned are the Palm P101 and Palm P121.
Palm and Bell Mobility have been teasing our Canadian cousins for weeks now, but the webOS smartphone has finally arrived. The Bell Palm Pre is priced at CA$199.95 with a new three-year contract, and delivers the same EVDO Rev.A connectivity, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and capacitive touchscreen as the Sprint US model.
So back when the Pre was launching on the Sprint Network here in the states, one of the biggest gripes regarding that launch was the fact that neither Sprint nor Palm was doing one of the major things in business: advertising. Sure, the Pre did healthy numbers in its launch, but with a little bit more advertising they could have been great. And it looks like Bell Mobility is thinking the same way. We've already seen some of the commercials that Bell is releasing regarding Palm's baby, but now it's getting some physical goodness as well, and that's never too good to pass up.