Web-Centric Platform and New Palm Pre Phone to Debut Exclusively on
Sprint's Mobile Broadband Network in First Half of 2009
LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Palm, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PALM) today unveiled its groundbreaking Palm(R) webOS(TM) mobile
platform, built from the ground up to be constantly connected to the web, and
the new Palm Pre(TM), the first phone based on the new platform(1). Pre is
scheduled to be available exclusively from Sprint in the first half of 2009.
Palm webOS is a brand-new kind of platform, invented exclusively for
mobile use. webOS recognizes that you want your people, calendars and
information to move with you, wherever you are, wirelessly, as opposed to
being bound to a personal computer. Palm webOS is the first mobile platform to
automatically bring your information from the many places it resides - on your
phone, at your work or on the web - into one simple, integrated view(1). The
new Palm Pre and webOS are designed to be so in sync with your needs that it
feels like Pre is thinking ahead for you.
"Palm products have always been about simplifying lives and delivering
great user experiences," said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive
officer. "webOS and Pre bring game-changing simplicity to an increasingly
mobile world by dissolving the barriers that surround your information. It's
technology that seems like it's thinking ahead to bring you what you care
about most - your people, your time, and your information - in the easiest and
most seamless way."
"Pre continues Sprint's leadership in open access to the content
customers want for a great web-connected experience," said Dan Hesse, Sprint
chief executive officer. "We look forward to bringing this remarkably
innovative device to our customers on America's most dependable 3G
Palm's new OS is the first mobile platform to be built from the ground up
to combine standard technology, innovation and integration. At its core, webOS
leverages several industry-standard technologies, including web technologies
and innovative advancements to enhance the overall user experience and
provided a deep integration of all elements within the platform.
The new platform was designed to allow a vast ecosystem of partners,
including developers, hardware suppliers, and accessories manufacturers, to
develop core solutions to complement the platform and product line. For
developers, webOS shatters traditional barriers to mobile-application
development by offering a rich open development environment that's familiar to
tens of millions of web developers. More people can develop for the platform
and can do it faster than ever before. The platform's flexible environment
will also allow developers to distribute their applications over-the-air via
an on-device Palm application store.
Your Life, Brought Together
The new platform introduces Palm Synergy(TM), a key feature of webOS that
brings your information from all the places it resides into one logical view.
You don't have to worry about tracking multiple calendars, contacts and
messaging applications - Synergy brings it to you for a more comprehensive and
truly representative view of your life.
- Linked contacts - With Synergy, you have a single view that links
your contacts from a variety of sources, so accessing them is easier
than ever. For example, if you have the same contact listed in your
Outlook(3), Google and Facebook accounts, Synergy recognizes that
they're the same person and links the information, presenting it to
you as one listing. And if you update a contact on your webOS device,
it also will be updated in your various accounts, whether on a
personal computer or on the web.
- Layered calendars - Your calendars can be seen on their own or
layered together in a single view, combining work, family, friends,
sports teams, or other interests. You can toggle to look at one
calendar at a time, or see them all at a glance.
- Combined messaging - Synergy lets you see all your conversations with
the same person in a chat-style view, even if it started in IM and
you want to reply with text messaging. You can also see who's active
in a buddy list right from contacts, and start a new conversation
with just one touch.
Your Information, Effortlessly
By smartly integrating your information, webOS is designed to think ahead
for you and keep you on top of the things that happen in your life, but that's
just the first step. The platform's unique interface brings your information
to you with the ease that only Palm can offer.
- Web-connected applications - Applications are seamlessly connected to
the web and always active(4), ensuring you have the most up-to-date
- Run multiple applications at the same time - Palm's revolutionary
webOS lets you manage multiple activities more effectively than any
other mobile platform today. It lets you keep multiple applications
open and instantly flip from one to another.(4)
- Instinctive user interface - With its multi-touch interface, webOS
lets you move easily between activities like flipping through a deck
of cards and rearrange items simply by dragging them; when you are
done with something, just throw it away. And finding what you need is
easy with universal search - as you type what you're looking for, the
OS narrows your search and offers results from both your device and
- Intuitive and unobtrusive notifications - When important things come
up or new updates arrive, you'll receive notifications with a
diplomacy that's a radical departure from other mobile platforms. For
example, if you receive a text message or email, a scrolling
notifications bar at the bottom of your screen lets you address it
right away or leave until later. webOS alerts are one step ahead,
ensuring that you never miss a thing, but never lose your place or
train of thought.
Palm Pre: The First webOS Phone
Pre has a breakthrough interface and hardware design that makes it the
most integrated and user-friendly phone for mobile users. Featuring a smooth,
rounded ergonomic design and a physical keyboard that slides out only when
needed, Pre is engineered to feel natural in the hand and comfortably small in
the pocket. When closed, the phone is ideal for phone calls, web browsing,
music, photos and videos; when open, Pre is optimized for email and text
messaging. With its curved slider and gesture-controlled touch interface, Pre
fuses exquisite design with the revolutionary webOS software for fast access
to anything on the device or web. It's an instinctive user experience that
seems to anticipate your needs.
"As our lives revolve more and more around the web, devices like Palm Pre
that transform how we interact with the web will lead the way," said Hesse.
"We are focused on bringing our customers a superior experience that includes
easy-to-use devices, simple pricing and value with Simply Everything
all-inclusive offerings, plus Ready Now, our exclusive retail program that
helps customers leave the store feeling comfortable and confident they know
how to use their new device."
Pre will support a variety of differentiated on-device Sprint services,
including Sprint TV(R), offering an extensive selection of live and on-demand
programming. Sprint Navigation provides GPS-enabled audio and visual
turn-by-turn driving directions, one-click traffic rerouting and more than 10
million local listings. Sprint also offers more than a dozen streaming-radio
applications, including Sprint Radio with more than 150 channels.
Palm Pre features include the following:
- High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g(6)
- Integrated GPS(7)
- Large 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320x480
resolution HVGA display
- Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Email, including Outlook EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft
Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP)
- Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)(4)
- High-performance, desktop-class web browser
- Great multimedia experience and performance (pictures, video
playback, music), featuring a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and
extended depth of field, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
- Bluetooth(R) 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
- 8GB of internal user storage (~7.4GB user available)
- USB mass storage mode
- MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
- Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and
turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
- Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark,
such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
- Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to
- Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
- Removable, rechargeable battery
- Dimensions: 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D)
(2.35 inches (W) x 3.96 inches (L, closed) x 0.67 inches (D))
- Weight: 135 grams (4.76 ounces)
An array of compelling accessories also will be available for Pre,
including the first inductive charging solution for phones (sold separately).
Simply set Pre down on top of the elegantly designed Palm Touchstone(TM)
charging dock without worrying about connection, orientation or fit. Pre is
active while charging, so you can access the touch screen, watch movies or
video, or use the speakerphone.
Availability and Pricing
Palm Pre is scheduled to be available first in the United States
exclusively from Sprint in the first half of 2009, and will be followed by a
world-ready UMTS version for other regions. Sprint's pricing for the phone has
not yet been determined.
Customers who would like to register to receive additional information
about Pre and be notified when it's available can register at www.palm.com or
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. is a leading mobile products company, creating instinctive yet
powerful mobile products that enable people to better manage their lives on
the go. The company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and
businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM), Pre(TM) and Centro(TM) phones, as well as
software, services and accessories.
Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and
wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm online stores
More information about Palm, Inc. is available at http://www.palm.com.
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FEC: 5 / 6
(1) Use of this device requires providing a valid email address, mobile
phone number, and related information for account setup and
activation. Unlimited usage data plan strongly recommended;
additional data charges may apply. Within wireless coverage area
only. Number of applications and actual performance will vary
depending on applications used and actions performed.
(2) Claims: Largest based on square miles (including roaming). Based on
independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success,
session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most populous
markets from March '08 to Sept. '08.
(3) Within wireless coverage area only. Requires data services at
additional cost. Microsoft Direct Push Technology requires Microsoft
Exchange Server 2003 with SP2 or Exchange Server 2007. Additional
fees may apply.
(4) Within wireless coverage area only. Use of some third-party web
applications may impact performance.
(5) Searches web and user's applications, contacts, and dialing
information. Web search within wireless coverage area only, requires
data services at additional cost.
(6) Within range of 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network. Some Wi-Fi hotspots require
fee for usage.
(7) GPS requires data services at additional cost. Coverage not available
in all areas at all times.
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