Tag Archives: webOS

Leaked ATT slide deck reveals Android, webOS, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile goodness

The boys over at Engadget Mobile managed to get their hands on what appears to be a slide deck showcasing just about every smartphone headed to AT&T this year. Some of the slides may be a bit off as far as launch dates are concerned but wow, what a lineup AT&T has in store for its customers. We have a few obligatory Windows Mobile devices — the HTC Fortress (Touch Pro2), HTC Warhawk (Touch Diamond2) and the HP iPAQ K3 which will run Windows Mobile 6.5. The expected BlackBerry offerings will include the Onyx, the Magnum, the Gemini and the non-flip Pearl 3G. AT&T is also expected to get the rumored Palm EOS in the latter half of the year and last but not least is the HTC Lancaster, an Android-powered QWERTY slider that steals its styling from the Touch Pro2 and makes the G1 look like a kid’s toy. Hit the jump for the individual slides with all the juicy details.

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Second WebOS handset dubbed Palm Eos, headed to AT&T

It looks like that flurry of rumors and our exclusive image courtesy of Captain Blurrycam lit a fire under someone this morning because we now have what are reportedly full specs for Palm’s follow up to the Pre. Say hello to the Volkswagen Eos… Err, Palm Treo Pro… No wait, Palm Eos. Yeah, that’s it. Specs are as follows:

  • Quad-band GSM, 850/1900MHz HSDPA
  • 111 x 55 x 10.6mm (looks like the E71’s reign as the thinnest QWERTY smartphone is coming to an end)
  • 2.63-inch 320 x 400 capacitive display
  • 4GB storage
  • Price: $349 (pre-rebate)
  • Camera: 2 megapixel fixed focus digital camera and flash / video capture
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP and EDR, USB 2.0 via micro USB
  • Removable 1150 mAh battery (4 hours 3G talk time)
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS (picture and video only), integrated IM client
  • Contact sync with AT&T Address Book
  • MediaNet
  • Cellular Video
  • Email: POP3, IMAP4, and EAS support
  • A-GPS
  • Audio: WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+ ringtones
  • Video Playback: MPEG4, H.264, H.263

It might be named after a VW and styled after the Treo Pro but if this rumor pans out, it could be the first GSM handset rocking WebOS to land in the States — Pre imports aside.

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New drool-worthy WebOS screenshots emerge

Well hello there, onslaught of WebOS images — a whole bunch of beautiful new screen grabs of the Mojo SDK running in an emulator have just popped up, shedding plenty of light on the OS everyone is dying to play with. The screenshots provide another glimpse into Google maps, Synergy integration with Microsoft Exchange, Facebook and Google, the finger friendly launcher, the transparent overlay of the applications and dialog boxes and more. If these shots are representative of the entire WebOS experience, Palm may have Apple and Google shaking a bit in their boots, RIM running back to the drawing board to re-design the Storm 2 interface and Microsoft hanging its head in shame over the improved but still-awkward Windows Mobile 6.5 UI. Hit the jump for tons of drool-worthy screenshots to tide you over while we all wait for a firm release date.

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Early feedback looking good; developers dig webOS

It was pretty clear from the start that Palm has big plans for webOS — despite blogger excitement when the company confirmed more webOS handsets would be coming, Palm obviously didn’t build a new OS from the ground up for one device. What has been and is still up in the air however, is how developers will respond to webOS and its development environment, the Mojo SDK. Palm, like other smartphone companies, will be relying heavily on third parties to enhance its platform by introducing exciting, innovative and useful applications. We know the Pre is sexy and we know the webOS UI is sexy, but what about the guts? According to Network World, developers who have been checking out the SDK so far seem to feel that Mojo is both very inviting and easy to work with. Score. Palm chose JavaScript, HTML and CSS the foundation for apps and as such, there is nothing new for developers to learn. If they can build a web page, they can build a webOS app. Christian Sepulveda, vice president of business development at Pivotal Labs is quoted as saying, “It’s a completely new way of thinking about an OS on mobile devices.” He’s right of course — Palm has taken old and familiar technology accessible to just about any dev out there, and hidden it beneath a stunning UI and UX. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what devs can do with this killer combo.

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Slingplayer Mobile potentially coming to Android, future webOS player uncertain

Those with a Slingbox at home and a smartphone in your pocket appreciate the on-the-go mobile viewing that Slingplayer Mobile provides. Currently, Slingplayer Mobile supports most handsets running Windows Mobile, Symbian, and the Palm OS. The recently released Blackberry beta client supports select GSM Blackberry handsets and the iPhone compatible version is slated to go through the App store approval process some time in Q1 2009. This leaves Android and the newly announced webOS as potential future candidates for upcoming versions of SlingPlayer Mobile. A forum post over at Sling Community by MegaZone, Community Manager for Sling Media, sheds some light on the future of SlingPlayer Mobile. According to MegaZone, Android is the “next logical platform”. With several handsets already slated for release, many handset manufacturers committed to producing future handsets and carriers from around the world  lining up to offer an Android handset, Android is a platform that is certainly worth the cost of development. Palm’s webOS on the other hand is, at this point, not as attractive as Android according to the Sling rep. MegaZone writes,

From what we have seen it looks like webOS is an all-new environment, so it would need an all-new SPM which would not be a small task. At this time we’re taking a wait and see approach to webOS. When it ships we’ll watch the adoption rate and decide if it warrants developing SPM for webOS or not. Keep in mind it has currently been announced for one device (the Pre) on one carrier (#3 and currently falling) so it remains to be seen if and when it appears on additional devices and carriers for the worldwide market and achieves a significant market share.

Burn! Whether his view on Sprint, Palm and its webOS is shared by other member of Sling Media remains to be seen but if it is indeed the consensus, then a mobile version of Sling Player for webOS may be a long time in the making.

[Via Zatz Not Funny]

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Overlooked webOS features reviving Pre envy

In a recent interview with Roger MacNamee of Elevation Partners, Sarah dug up some pretty great features of webOS that had gone relatively unnoticed until now. No, the interview she did isn’t new, but all of the hype flying around at the time let some pretty awesome and intutive functionality go unnoticed. We’ll let MacNamee do the talking here – from the interview:

But better than that, it does stuff for you. So when you wake up in the morning, it has taken your calendar — if you ask it to — and downloaded the maps for you whole day, it’s downloaded the wikipedias for the people you’re going to visit and the companies you’re going to see… Why is it on PCs you have to go and do all that?

And when you’re late — get this — when you’re late it — remember, this things has GPS, it has a clock, and it has your calendar. So it not only knows where you are, it knows where you’re supposed to be and when; and so when it realizes you’re going to be late, it says “Hey, not only are you going to be late, but I can take care of it for you. I’ll send an email to your assistant or to the people in the meeting, which would you prefer? And oh, by the way, here’s the map.” This is the beginning of a new wave.

Pretty smooth Palm, pretty smooth. This is actually a great interview and if you haven’t watched it already we highly recommend you do so. It’s refreshing to see an investor who is actually not only knowledgeable when it comes to to the industry, but also incredibly enthusiastic about a portfolio company and its products. As an aside, we still find it amusing that people ‘in the know’ refer to the HTC G1 as the “Google Android”. Ain’t no branding like Google branding… Hit the jump for the full interview.

[Via PreCentral]

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