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Monday, May 16, 2011

Palm: The Rise and Fall of a Legend

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 09:00 AM,0

"I was there, when the Pilot landed. It was the summer of 1996, and the US Robotics Pilot 5000 had just arrived in the bootLab (‘boot Magazine' was the then-newly-launched precursor to Maximum PC). With unprecedented ferocity, we editors were fighting gladiator style for dibs on reviewing this tiny bit of pocket-sized plastic with its dingy monochrome screen. Not even the latest uber-PC or 3D graphics card generated such editorial lust."

Although it feels like ancient history now, it was only a few years ago that neither the iPhone, nor Android, existed and the smartphone wars were fought between the likes of Palm, Microsoft, and RIM. It's amazing how fast things change. This article, written by Chris Dunphy - a fellow I had a good natured rivalry with back in 2001 - covers the inception of Palm, the effective dissolution of Palm (some might say multiple times), and everything in between. It's an excellent read and gives some insight into what Palm did, and didn't do, right.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What's Wrong With RIM

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 AM


"In my opinion, RIM's real problems center around two big issues: its market is saturating, and it seems to have lost the ability to create great products. This is a classic problem that eventually faces most successful computer platforms. The danger is not that RIM is about to collapse, but that it'll drift into in a situation where it can't afford the investments needed to succeed in the future. It's very easy for a company to accidentally cross that line, and very hard to get back across it. There's a lesson in RIM's situation for every tech company, so it's worthwhile to spend some time understanding what's happening."

Michael Mace is a smart guy; I've even had the pleasure of exchanging jabs with him right here in our forums back when he was the Chief Competitive Officer and VP of Product Planning at Palm. I've always respected him, and if RIM knows what's good for them, they'll spend a week slowly parsing his analysis of their future - then hire him to help them avoid it. There's some connection here to Windows Mobile as well; Microsoft saw the writing on the wall as Windows Mobile declined, and made the hard step to start over.

Short term, it alienates some of the customer base, and is missing key features, but long term, Windows Phone 7 is a platform that Microsoft can ride for many years to come. RIM hasn't learned that lesson yet; every Blackberry I see is, under the surface of the glossy menu, still a glorified pager. RIM does some things very well, but will that be enough to allow them to keep growing two years from now? I think the answer is probably not...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

HP Buys Palm for $1.2 Billion. Yes, Seriously.

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 02:13 PM

"HP and Palm, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors."

Of all the companies I was thinking about buying Palm, HP wasn't very high on the list - but now that I think about it, it makes quite a bit of sense. Palm has a lot of expertise in mobile devices, and by all accounts, their new generation of WebOS devices are pretty good. HP on the other hand has deep pockets and really struggled in the mobile space since PDAs became phones; they're never managed to have a very successful mobile device. They need people will skills and vision in the mobile phone space, something they've lacked for many years now. I wonder what this means for Windows phone 7? HP was a launch partner, and I was expecting them to release a Windows phone 7 device...I kind of doubt that will happen now. So, what are your thoughts on this? Engadget has a liveblog of the conference call as well.

Tags: hp, acquisition, palm, $$$

Saturday, April 24, 2010

HTC Gives Palm a Miss, Lenovo Still In the Game?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 11:35 AM

"Lenovo (0992.HK), the world's No.4 PC brand, has emerged as the leading candidate to buy struggling smartphone maker Palm (PALM.O), after the U.S. firm was rebuffed by other potential Asian buyers, sources said. Shares of Hong Kong-listed Lenovo rose as much as 5.9 percent percent to a 23-month high on Friday, helped by expectations of strong growth in the sector and speculation that it could bid for the U.S. company once considered a pioneer in the smartphone space... HTC (2498.TW), the world's No. 5 smartphone brand and one name associated with a possible offer, was approached about making a bid but decided to pass after reviewing Palm's books, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said."

Well, if you secretly wished for our beloved HTC to scoop up Palm, prepare to be sorely disappointed. Reuters has reported that the Taiwanese company has pulled out of bidding due to a lack of synergy that would otherwise be needed to "take the deal forward". Although, the article also mentions that the decision was reached following HTC's analysis of Palm's books, so Palm could potentially be in a bigger hole than first thought. Moving on, Lenovo has apparently emerged as the leading candidate to purchase Palm, and it's certainly in a good position to do so. But, will it happen? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HTC Considers Its Own Smartphone Platform

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 01:00 PM

It seems HTC is considering its own mobile platform, because, well, you know, there aren't enough choices out there. I can just imagine the ideas flowing in a brainstorming session on how to grow the company:

Creative Guy #1: So, how can we get more market share? This whole Microsoft partnership hasn't panned out so well for us the last year or so.

Creative Guy #2: Let's buy Palm. I hear they are for sale. We can work with WebOS.

Creative Guy #3: No, WebOS is old news. I know, let's create a NEW PLATFORM! We'll be the exclusive providers and make a mint!

Group nods in assent, pats each other on the back and goes out for pizza.

Now it is possible it didn't' quite happen this way, Whatever really happened, it must have been equally strange. We have today six major smartphone platforms - iPhone, Android, WebOS, Windows Mobile/Phone, Blackberry, and though I hesitate to add them because almost no one ever installs a third party app on it, Symbian. Now, let's not forget that Samsung is doing their own OS called Bada, a name that has an extraneous vowel at the end of it in my opinion. There is also Moblin and Maemo which are merging into MeeGo.

Furthermore, while I like HTC hardware, their UI enhancements leave a lot to be desired. There are maddening inconsistencies in how TouchFlo 3D works, especially those that remove good features in Windows Mobile. HTC is not, in my opinion, the one that should be coming up with an all new OS and UI. This is yet another reason they should just buy Palm and be done with it.

On top of all of this, we have super powerful feature phones and devices like the Kin, which target very specific audiences. The market needs consolidation, not more "me too" operating systems. What do you think? Do you generally like the idea that smartphone makers are turning out operating systems faster than GM can design cars that buyers want, or do you think the market needs to consolidate on three or four major platforms?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Palm For Sale?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Bloomberg just reported that Palm is putting itself up for sale and that offers will potentially come in this week. That's pretty wild news, considering CEO Jon Rubinstein was adamant just a few days ago that Palm had a plan to get profitable -- even while his company's stock price went on a buyout-rumor fueled rollercoaster."

Given the paucity of product launches and the competition from Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and (maybe) Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, this was perhaps inevitable. Heck, the writing seemed to be on the wall since Palm for the last five years. Thus passes an era in the mobile space, and not for lack of real innovation. WebOS could've been and might yet still be a contender, but Palm's lack of reach and deep pockets makes the company's sale inevitable. What could say HTC or any other buyer do with a ready-made modern OS of its own? I think we're about to find out.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Palm Focuses On WebOS - Drops Windows Mobile

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 06:30 AM

"Due to importance of webOS to our overall strategy, we've made the decision to dedicate all future development resources to the evolution of webOS. Which means that going forward, our roadmap will include only Palm webOS-based devices."

And with that statement at the recent Palm earnings announcement, Palm Chairman Jon Rubinstein killed off any PalmOS and Windows Mobile devices for the future. This is not unexpected. PalmOS was at the end of its life about four years ago. That is why they started using Windows Mobile in the first place. The enterprise customer needed something more robust. Now that WebOS has launched, Palm thinks it has the answer and will focus solely on that platform.

What do you think? Will the loss of Palm from Microsoft Windows Mobile licensees hurt MS in any way or will Palm vanish virtually unnoticed?

Tags: treo, palm, webos

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Facts And Rumors On Palm

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 01:00 PM

Yesterday we found out that the CEO of Palm, Ed Colligan, is leaving the company after being there for 16 years. Executive Chairman John Rubinstein will take the reigns as the CEO tomorrow, June 12.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell is warming up their acquisition engine again and there is a lot of speculation that the big company talked about is Palm. From Dell's perspective, it makes sense. They got in the PDA market and did well until smartphones started taking over and PDA's were on the way out. They have been working internally on their own phone, but acquiring Palm makes a ton of sense. Palm the design team, knowledge and carrier relationships.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Phone Arena Reviews the Palm Treo Pro (CDMA)

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 08:55 PM

"We still like what we get in the Treo Pro, but at the same time can't help but look forward to the Pre. We're not quite sure where it fits in Sprint's lineup, given that HTC offers two devices that not only offer more features, but are better designed. Still, the Pro has a good design and will probably find its way into more than a few business suits."

Phone Arena has published a review of Sprint's Palm Treo Pro, which swaps GSM for CDMA. A few niggles aside, impressions are positive; however, with so many new, exciting, and more powerful devices on the horizon, this may be one device to avoid.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Alltel Rolls Out Palm Treo Pro, Sprint to Follow

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:22 PM

Palm and Alltel have just announced the availability of the Treo Pro for $199.99 after rebate with a requisite agreement. You can pick one up now through retail or online at But if Sprint is more to your liking, then you'll be happy to know that said carrier also has the Treo Pro for $199.99 after rebate with a two-year subscriber agreement; however, you'll have to endure a nine-day wait for the privilege of picking one up.

Anyone plan on biting?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Palm Pulling Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for AT&T Treo 750 on October 31, 2008

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 03:10 AM

"The availability of updates that include Windows Mobile 6 for Treo 750 smartphones will expire as of 10/31/2008. Users of these devices who want this update must download it before the expiration date."

HTC isn't the only one pulling upgrades. If you have an AT&T-branded Treo 750 and want to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6, you have a little over a week to do so.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 11:50 PM

"For the most part we like what we see in the Treo Pro. Palm has always been good at making functional business devices, but they’ve lacked in the innovation department for a long time now. The Pro brings a complete makeover to the Treo line that is years overdue, but great nonetheless. Functionality remains par for the course, though we would have liked to see a prettier interface. HTC and SE have set a new bar for redesigning Windows Mobile, and while Palm has caught up in the hardware department they risk being left behind if their software efforts can’t keep up. They’ve made such strides, we’d hate to see them fall by the wayside once and for all. The Pro really is a good looking device, and hopefully marks an important step on Palm’s return to relevance."

It may not have the bells and whistles of HTC's Touch series, but it seems the Treo Pro still has the looks and functionality to win consumers over. If you've been eyeballing this one for a while and want another opinion before laying down the cash, take a look at Phone Arena's seven-page review, complete with high-res eye-candy.

Tags: review, treo, palm, pro

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Windows Mobile 6 Available for Palm/Verizon Treo 700wx

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:25 AM

Updater v1.24 is now available for the Palm/Verizon Treo 700wx. Wait, we know what you're thinking. Just an insignificant dot upgrade, right? Nope, not this time. v1.24 packs Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Yes, Windows Mobile 6 Professional for your two-year old device. Our hats off to Palm and Verizon for making this happen. And to all the other manufacturers and carriers reading this, take note. Users love OS upgrades, no matter how old the device. Seriously.

Tags: update, verizon, treo, palm, 6, 700wx

Monday, September 1, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Reviewed Over and Over and...

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 09:30 AM

Want Palm Treo Pro reviews? You got 'em!

Tags: reviews, treo, palm, pro

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Is Official

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:38 AM

iPAQ 910, look out! Palm's worst kept secret has finally arrived. You'd be hard pressed talking the Treo Pro down. It looks good (well, we think so, anyway), and has a great set of specs: Qualcomm MSM7201 400MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad-band GSM/EDGE, tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) UMTS/HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 320 x 320 touch screen, a 2.0-megapixel camera, and a microSDHC slot supporting up to 32GB. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack built just for your favourite cans. The Treo Pro runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, comes in black (Palm prefers to call it 'obsidian'), and will be available unlocked for $549 as early as September. If you prefer the carrier route, Telstra (Australia), Vodafone (Europe), and O2 (Europe) will be selling it for the low, low price of 'free'.

Press release and images after the break. Now, who wants one?


Tags: windows, mobile, treo, palm, pro, 6.1, 850

Friday, August 15, 2008

Palm Treo 850 Leaked, Renamed Treo Pro

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:25 AM

Oops, Palm let one slip. What you see above and after the break are snaps of a Treo Pro (aka Treo 850) Flash demo that was hosted on Palm's very own website. Like the 500 and Centro, the Pro opts for a sleeker look, which we think is a step in the right direction. It includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IR, HSDPA, a camera, an expansion slot, and a Micro-USB connector, which we'd normally disapprove of if it was anything like HTC's ExtUSB; but Palm isn't HTC. They've done a good deed by including a 3.5mm headphone jack for all your audio needs.

Unfortunately, no word on a price or release date, but the moment we know, we'll let you know.


Tags: leak, treo, palm, pro, 850

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Boy Genius Report Shows Off Pics of Treo 850?

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"How about we start out with an exclusive dose of some live shots of the Palm Treo 850! Truth be told, this puppy is pretty smooth looking! Details are still coming in but we can tell you it’s sporting a 400 MHz processor and 100 MB of RAM."

It's not bad-looking, and certainly a lot less dated than the existing Treo look. I presume this device has a 320x320 screen, which would give it a halfway decent DPI. We don't have any details or confirmations yet, but we'll make sure to update you guys when we do.

Tags: treo, palm, 850

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Palm Opens Virtual Developer Doors

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 09:00 AM

"For the legions of developers anxious to use their talents to build for Palm (yes, all four of you), listen up. By partnering with DeviceAnywhere, Palm has opened up its Virtual Developer Lab, which enables devs to remotely access actual Treo / Centro handsets in order to test out software, capture screen shots / video of processes, create an audit trail through the capturing of keystrokes and share data / collaborate with colleagues online. If you're swearing up and down that this stuff isn't new, you're not (entirely) crazy -- DeviceAnywhere has been offering up this remote demo access on a variety of handsets for quite some time."

This is kinda interesting - remote access to actual devices to run testing on when you're about to launch your Palm product. Now I'm not sure how many of us are Palm developers (either on the Palm OS or a WM Palm), but I wish Microsoft had something similar to this!

Tags: palm

Friday, May 9, 2008

Palm Zeppelin and Skywriter Devices

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:00 AM

"The hot word on the street is that Palm has all but confirmed the existence of two new phone models by ramping up a "launch developer" program for new applications. The devices, dubbed Zeppelin (a name we've heard quite a bit of) and Skywriter (which is new to us) could be slated for a Q3 release, as Palm is asking devs to turn in their applications by May 30th. Rumor has it that at least one of the units is a "Centro-like" Windows Mobile phone -- if that date is close to correct, it could very well be the "Wanda" that we saw back in January. The Zeppelin, on the other hand, is likely the WiFi equipped Treo 800w we've been hearing about for what seems like a million years."

Engadget has an image of a supposed mockup, but it is so ugly I am not going to bother posting it here. If that is what the Zeppelin will look like, it will be dubbed the Lead Zeppelin, as in brick, not the rock band.

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