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Palm Debuts Their New Touch Screen Phone

January 8, 2009

Palm has introduced the smartphone it hopes will return the wireless pioneer to its glory days, as it showcased the “Palm Pre,” at CES. The device  is aimed at helping users retrieve and consolidate the usual trove of information that might be scattered across a number of online sites and software programs.

From the Associated Press:

Palm Inc. unveiled a new touch-screen smart phone and operating system Thursday, marking its latest attempt to catch up with competition from Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and Apple Inc.’s iPhone.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Palm executives touted their Pre, which looks similar to the iPhone, with a face dominated mostly by a 3.1-inch touch screen and single button. The body of the Pre is black and slightly curved, with a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from the bottom.

In an effort to capture both business and consumer users, the Pre will come loaded with features including Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth and GPS, as well as 8 gigabytes of storage space, a 3-megapixel camera and music and video playback. The Pre also has a variety of sensors, such as an accelerometer so images on the screen will rotate when a user turns the device on its side.

Many of these features are already available on rival phones, including the iPhone, the latest BlackBerry models and HTC Corp.’s G1 that was released in the fall by T-Mobile and Google Inc. Palm has been overshadowed in the last several years by the success of these products — especially by the growth of BlackBerry smart phones among business customers and, since its June 2007 release, of iPhones among consumer users.

According to data from comScore Inc., as of October, Palm devices accounted for about 15.6 percent of the U.S. smart phone market. Some of Palm’s smart phones run on its own operating system, while others use Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Mobile operating system.

Palm, a pioneer in the market for handheld digital assistants, now hopes its latest offering can stand out.

“We think it’s the one phone you can use for your entire life and you’ll really enjoy using it,” Palm Chief Executive Ed Colligan said at a news conference.

The Pre will be available in the second half of the year, exclusively on Sprint Nextel Corp.’s wireless network. Palm did not disclose the price.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Palm Inc. introduced a long-awaited new operating system and touch-screen wireless phone on Thursday following a nearly two-year long restructuring effort designed to revamp the company’s product portfolio.

Shares of Palm got a lift following the company’s appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The stock has lost more than half its value over the past four months as sales of the company’s aging line of smart phones have begun to stall.

At the event, Palm executive chairman Jon Rubinstein announced a new device called the Palm Pre — a touch-screen phone that also slides out to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. It will be the first device to run on the company’s new WebOS platform, an operating system Palm built from scratch for a new family of devices.

“We need the right phone on the right platform to compete in the market,” Mr. Rubinstein told the gathering.

At Palm, Mr. Rubinstein has been leading a wide-scale restructuring effort designed to revive the company’s business. Palm was an early pioneer in the smart-phone category with its Treo device, but the company has since lost market share to rival devices such as the BlackBerry by Research In Motion and Apple’s iPhone.

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Palm Releases its Treo Pro

August 21, 2008

In an effort to compete with Research In Motion, Nokia, and Apple, Palm has unveiled its new, touch-screen smartphone which includes many unique features for the avid mobile professional.

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From Reuters:

The new Treo Pro will be sold by Vodafone Group Plc and 02 in Europe in September, and by Telstra in Australia, Palm said.

In the United States, Palm does not have an agreement with a carrier to sell the phone, but it said enterprise demand is growing for unlocked phones that can work on any network.

From Network World:

The Palm Treo Pro incorporates a battery of features designed to appeal to IT managers who are opting for Windows Mobile as their mobile platform and who want more control over corporate hand-helds. But the sleek design, bezel-less high-resolution display, and “shortcuts” to streamline the user interface, are all intended to appeal to end users.

The phone faces an uphill battle, competing with the wildly popular Apple 3G iPhone and the BlackBerry Bold.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Palm had a hit last year with its $100 Centro, aimed at consumers buying their first smart phones. But that low-cost model had lower profit margins. Now, on the heels of competing Blackberry and iPhone products introduced in recent months, Palm is aiming the new high-end Treo at business users.

The new model has a flush screen, full keyboard and features like WiFi and GPS, which the company hopes will appeal to users, said Palm product line manager Parag Gupta. He said the Windows operating system should appeal to corporate buyers and IT managers who will find it compatible with their other computer systems.

Palm’s latest phone differs from the Centro by targeting the enterprise. The Treo Pro will be available in the United States this fall through the Palm online store and select retailers at a suggested retail of $549.