Smartphone users just don’t know what they want. One of the biggest, loudest complaints about all-touchscreen phones like the iPhone is its lack of a hardware keyboard, and now a survey shows Pre users most want a soft keyboard.
The survey shows that users like the hardware keyboard but don’t like sliding it out every time they want to type something. Certain Android devices have both soft and hardware keyboards, but they’re very much in the minority. It’s an interesting problem for Palm, whose rumored next WebOS device, the Eos, features a fixed hardware keyboard but a much smaller screen. Still, Palm wouldn’t have too difficult a time updating the Pre’s firmware with a soft keyboard—after all, Android did it already.
Despite Palm having added the QWERTY keyboard in response to gripes about touch-only devices like the iPhone, many users want a software keyboard like Apple’s, as Palm’s design gives them no choice but to use the hardware solution. The opinion holds even for those who chose the Pre for the physical input.
Adapting the design might be difficult for Palm, which designed the Pre and webOS with the assumption that a physical keyboard would be present and free up space onscreen for more data. The Eos may partially address the problem by including a fixed physical keyboard, although it should shrink the touchscreen as a consequence.
Apple has long insisted on a virtual-only iPhone keyboard as it lets the company adapt to non-English languages with a single phone model and can be updated with new features without having to revamp the hardware at the same time. It also saves users from having to memorize two-key combinations for special characters.
Beyond the keyboard, Strategy Analytics has still encountered many who were “impressed” with other elements of the Pre, including the concept of using cards for real multitasking; it behaves “like a PC,” the researchers have been told. They also liked Synergy, the contact management platform that merges data from the phone, Facebook and Google and links it to the calendar and other apps.
More of this news at Electronista.
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CrystalClear screen protectors are designed to provide the highest transparency for applications where light diffusion is not tolerable. Many PDAs do not have strong backlighting and therefore the attached light source may be too dim to use with GlareFree screen protectors. CrystalClear allows the attached light source to shine through while the surface layer protects against abrasions from the stylus.
CrystalClear offers a smooth and crisp writing surface similar to the original PDA screen. The hard coating is highly durable and protects the original screen against all kinds of scratches and abrasions from keys, coins and other sharp objects. CrystalClear feels and looks like the original screen and is highly transparent. Users who prefer the touch and feel of the original screen will choose CrystalClear.
TouchLauncher is a new launcher application for Palm OS 5. It possesses a beautiful user interface and it combines basic launcher features with innovative ideas. TouchLauncher will help you to run applications on your device with your fingers. At the same time it also performs other basic tasks with them.The author of the application, Ryhor Burakou, stressed on the fact that TouchLauncher is not a device emulator of iPhone or any other such devices. It is also not affiliated with Apple or any other company and it does not mimic any interface or functions. Initial Setup Setting up TouchLauncher is very easy. Just download the installation file from the TreoCentral Store and install it on your system. After installation, you can easily customize the TouchLauncher application from top to bottom. Using TouchLauncher is very much easy as touching your device’s screen. You can launch an application from within TouchLauncher, application icons can be rearranged, application and associated icon can be deleted, pages can be swapped, and application can be renamed. These are some functions available with TouchLauncher.
Difference between TouchLauncher and other Launching applications Many of above mentioned features are also available with many other launchers, but TouchLauncher can be considered as the next level of these launchers. The additional customization features present in TouchLauncher includes usage of larger font for icon text, customization your background/wallpaper, custom icons usage, renaming icons to your choice etc.
1. Can change the pages of applications using TouchLauncher with your fingertips. You can tap an empty space on a page and drag it right or left switch to the next page.
2. TL supports both ICONSETS and WALLPAPERS. Iconsets can be created in the desktop and can be used in TouchLauncher and the wallpapers can be directly set in the program
3. You can get the number of SMS and Email messages which are not read with TL. A red box will display the unread messages details.
4. Drag-and-Drop function can be used to take an application icon and put it anywhere you like .
5. You can Press Home or Space on your Treo for quickly changing the current category. Press Menu-Y for editing application categories.
6. TL allows you to give each application a unique name.
The Options menu allows you to choose custom wallpaper or to remove the current wallpaper. You can also rescan the memory, which allows you to add new applications to TouchLauncher. The Preferences menu offers several ways to fine-tune the look of TouchLauncher for fitting to your needs. One of such feature is hiding the bottom toolbar which makes the program look a bit cleaner. You will able to hide even the icon names for clean up the interface to a much more extent. A Help menu is also provided from which you will be able to register TouchLauncher and will get a few tips about using TouchLauncher.
Minimum Requirements for TouchLauncher:
1. 200KB Free RAM
2. At least 2048KB of Dynamic Heap Size
3. Palm OS 5
The Internet has been buzzing today about Palm’s second WebOS smart phone, the follow-up to the upcoming Palm Pre.
Palm’s working on something that’s lower-cost, and yes, it will have a QWERTY keyboard. There were a couple of names that popped up for the device like “Castle”, “Pixie” and “Centro 2” but what was reported to be the official name is EOS.
The new device is supposed to be a slim, lower-cost WebOS gadget, destined to come out within several months of the Pre. The problem with rumors like this is that people tend to take them too literally. Six months before launch, a lot of specs are subject to change. Unlike Apple, Palm is comfortable working on a range of bands and radio interfaces, and could swap a different radio in lickety-split if they get a good deal from a different carrier.
Calling the price is even more absurd. Negotiations over subsidies go on until even a few weeks before launch. I’ve seen prices tweaked even after I’ve gotten draft press releases. When predictions get this specific, they tend to involve a lot of wishful thinking – taking something that’s a proposal, a negotiation or a talking point, and casting it in stone. Without the slide-out keyboard of the Pre, the Eos looks similar to the BlackBerry Bold. The pre-rebate pricing on the Eos seems high for now but if Palm can work with the telecom carrier to bring that down for consumers, it may have a worthy successor to its inexpensive and successful Centro smartphone.
What really matters here isn’t the specifics of the device. Those are subject to change – and they will change. What matters is that Palm has a broad, upcoming lineup of WebOS phones, and they’re already working on more than one. Palm promised that WebOS will be a platform and a lineup, and it looks like they’re going to live up to their promises.
This has implications for software developers, who can look at more than just the Pre when they think of markets for their software. And it’s got plenty of implications for users, who won’t have to worry about the Pre being an isolated event.
But let’s back off the hard-and-fast predictions. They’re likely to create as much unwarranted disappointment as joyous anticipation. This far in advance of launch, in the mobile industry, things almost always change.
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Finally I have an answer for all my friends asking me when the new Palm Pre will be released! Saturday, June 6th will be the official date that the much anticipated Palm Pre will be available for sale in the United States. At US$199.99 (after $100 mail in rebate and locked in for 2 year contract), it’s a reasonable price to pay for what could be Palm’s best PDA/phone device ever. It will be available in most Sprint stores including Walmart, Best-Buy and Radio Shack.
Now for the date when it’ll be released in Australia…
See more details in the Sprint Palm Pre Press Release below:
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 19, 2009– Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced pricing and nationwide availability for the highly anticipated Palm® Pre™ phone, offered exclusively from Sprint. Palm Pre will be available nationwide on June 6 in Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and online at Sprint.com for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Running on the new Palm webOS™ mobile platform, Pre brings together your important information from where it resides – on your phone, at your work or on the web – into one logical view.(1)
For those who juggle life circa 2009 – bouncing from conference call to car pool schedule, from doctors’ numbers to doctoral thesis data, from social calendars to social networking – Pre marks a new wireless crossover standard. Before Pre, you had to compromise when selecting a wireless phone. To get the business features you needed, you had to sacrifice the personal entertainment features you wanted. Pre consolidates your important information – professional, social and personal – into one revolutionary device using an operating system that redefines the experience of living and working wirelessly.
“The argument that you need one phone for work and another phone for play, or that you have to make compromises between business and lifestyle productivity, is over,” said Dan Hesse, president and CEO of Sprint. “With Pre, compromises of the past are history.”
Palm Pre will run on America’s most dependable 3G network and come with Sprint’s industry-leading, value-oriented Everything Data plans that offer savings of up to $1,430 over two years vs. comparable AT&T and Verizon plans for smartphones and PDAs.(2)
“The Palm Pre takes full advantage of Sprint’s Everything Data plans,” said Avi Greengart, research director for Consumer Devices at Current Analysis. “The Pre has been expressly designed for multitasking among multiple web pages and applications. It also builds on Palm’s heritage in PDAs by managing your digital information – whether that’s on a corporate server or on the web.”
“The Pre’s dynamic ‘activity cards’ approach to handling and navigating multiple applications is a great advance, but the core breakthrough is the integration of information across multiple applications on and off the phone,” said Andy Castonguay, director of Mobile & Access Devices Research, Yankee Group. “With social networking and messaging being so important to consumers, the device’s new ‘Palm Synergy’ functionality – which gives Pre the ability to automatically pull friends’ contact details, messaging addresses and personal calendars from different applications online and on the phone – will greatly simplify people’s ability to communicate with their friends and colleagues the way they want.”
Pre: A New Kind of Phone
The new webOS platform introduces Palm Synergy™, a key feature that brings together your personal and professional calendar, contacts and e-mail into one centralized view, making transitions between work and personal life smooth and easy to manage.
With Palm Synergy, users get:
Palm webOS lets you keep multiple activities open and move easily between them like flipping through a deck of cards. You can move back and forth between text messaging and e-mail, or search the web while you listen to music. You can rearrange items simply by dragging them, and when you are done with something, just throw it away by flicking it off the top of the screen.
Finding what you need is also easy with universal search – as you type what you’re looking for, webOS narrows your search and offers results from both your device and the web.(4) WebOS crushes the barriers to true mobile computing.
“Pre is truly a new phone for a new web-centric age,” said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer. “We’re a mobile society, and we want our people, calendars and information to move with us. With Pre’s exquisite design and the unique webOS software, running on Sprint’s fast broadband network, we’re changing the perception of what a wireless phone can be.”
Pre comes with a charger in the box, but for anyone tired of plugging a cord into their wireless phone, Palm introduces the Touchstone™ charging dock, the first inductive charging solution for phones, available exclusively for Pre. Simply set Pre down on top of the 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. Set Pre on the charging dock when you’re on a call, and the speakerphone automatically turns on; when you take a ringing Pre off the dock, Pre automatically answers the call. Other mobile operating systems allow multitasking, but Palm has developed an intuitive method of switching between “cards,” which resemble clicking different tabs on a Web browser. New applications can be launched easily using the “Launcher” software button at the bottom of the home screen, and users navigate between different applications.
With nearly every wireless device today you have to exit one application completely before you can use another. That’s not what people are accustomed to; think of your PC and all the applications you can have open at one time.
Pre: The latest NOW Network milestone for Sprint
Pre also lets you access feature-rich Sprint content on the Sprint Now Network, including exclusive applications such as:
“Sprint’s Now Network brings you America’s most dependable 3G network, the largest push-to-talk community, and in selected markets Sprint is the only national carrier bringing 4G to life in 2009,”(6) Hesse said. “The Now Network is more than just a physical network – it’s also data plans that are all-inclusive, eliminating fear of data overages and a perfect fit for Palm Pre users.”
Sprint’s networks are now performing at best-ever levels, and Sprint’s high-value Everything data plans consistently beat AT&T’s and Verizon’s comparable plans in savings by hundreds, even thousands, of dollars over two years. With the revolutionary launch of Ready Now, which Sprint pioneered, customers leave the store educated, comfortable and confident about the phones they’re about to take home. As a result of these measures and more, Sprint customer satisfaction indices – from first call resolution to billing satisfaction, from customer care response time to service and repair – have all significantly improved during the past year.
Pricing and Availability
The Palm Pre phone will be available from Sprint on June 6 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year service agreement on an Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. An array of compelling accessories also will be available for Pre, including the Palm Touchstone charging dock. The Touchstone™ Charging Kit, which includes the Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover for Pre, will be available June 6 for $69.99. The Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover also are available separately from for $49.99 and $19.99, respectively.
Make your own weather station on your Palm now! Current weather conditions for the entire world (and for specific regions) are updated every 15 minutes. Forecast information updates every 6 hours. Before making travel plans for a hotel or flight, it can be useful to check the weather for where you want to go. The auto update mode helps to keep the weather data timely. “Weather-guard” will improve Palm’s standard KeyGuard and give the access to the current condition or 7-day forecast in an easy way.
Features of Weather for Palm:
Those of you with stacks or important Palm apps, can relax – software has been created to allow you to run your current Palm applications on the upcoming Palm Pre.
The reason why you couldn’t do this initially was due to the new operating system platform that will be used on the Palm Pre (webOS).
Here’s the demo of the emulator program running successfully on the Palm Pre:
Palm Pre, Palm Pre, Palm Pre!
Here’s another video to whet the appetite of those eagerly waiting for Palm’s most exciting device ever – the Palm Pre. Not sure what all the fuss is about? Well check out this video made by a Sprint Palm specialist.
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