Friday, August 31, 2007

1SRC Podcast 144





On this week's 1SRC Podcast, I cover:

  • Palm releases the Windows Mobile 6 update for Vodafone's European Treo 750v customers.
  • No new updates on the Palm Foleo or Centro.
  • Should the Foleo be a stand alone product ?
  • 1SRC Editorial: Mobile Linux - The Key to Interoperability.

Listen to the 1SRC Podcast Show 144
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Windows Mobile 6 Update for Treo 750v

Palm has released a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade, officially named Treo 750/750v Updater 2.18, for European-based Vodafone Treo 750v smartphones. This English-only update is available for immediate download if you own a Vodafone UK, Netherlands, or Ireland Treo 750v. According the the Palm website, a generic non branded update for the Treo 750 is "coming soon."

What the Update Does

This update installs Windows Mobile 6 Professional on the Treo 750 and installs an update to address loss of system sounds. According to the Palm website, it also includes the following enhancements:
  • Improved Calendar management with enhanced User Interface

  • Enhanced E-mail messaging, HTML/Smart Filtering, SharePoint access and more

  • Voice command via Bluetooth

  • USB cable charging

Important Safety Considerations

Before you apply this update, there are some important things you need to know before you start. Ensure that you read and understand the following:

  • You can only download this update once. As soon as you download it to your computer, strongly consider burning the download to CD or making a backup copy or two. (You will be prompted to enter your device's serial number to begin the download.)

  • There is no way to revert back to Windows Mobile 5.

  • If you are using the BlackBerry Connect (BBC) software on your Windows Mobile 5 Treo 750v, DO NOT install this update. Palm's implementation of Windows Mobile 6 does not support BlackBerry Connect.

  • This upgrade is only being made available to customers until October 31, 2008.

System Requirements

To install this update, you will need to be running Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2, or Windows Vista. You will also need Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 if you are not running Windows Vista. Vista customers will use Windows Mobile Device Manager to synchronize their Treo with the computer.

More Information and Downloads

You can read the full documentation for this update and access the download links from the Palm website.

What About US Treo 750 Customers?

Brighthand is reporting that Treo 750 customers who use AT&T will have to wait until September for the update to become available. No further details were made available.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Companion or Stand Alone Product

Ever since Palm announced the Foleo back in May they have been fighting an uphill battle to try and convince people that the Foleo is not a sub-notebook or Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC).

So while I'm waiting for my chance to buy my Foleo, I have to wonder if Palm should just go with the flow as it where and market the Foleo for what is is being perceived as: a light weight Linux notebook.

Palm wouldn't have to take anything away from the Foleo being a great companion product for the company's smartphones. What they would be gaining, after some shoring up in the software department, is a new market of customers who would use the Foleo as a mobile computer.

What do you think? Click the Comments link below and let us know.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Is this the Centro?

Gizmodo is running what appears to be a press photo of the upcoming Centro smartphone for Sprint this morning.



Wow, what a difference from the blurry photos we've seen previously. This thing looks really good! I was under the impression that the black device was going to be the Windows Mobile version that has been rumored to be floating around, but this photo clearly shows the standard Palm hardware buttons around the navigator ring. (The other tip off that this is not a Windows Mobile device is the lack of the Windows key. Stay tuned, there could be a Windows Mobile version still in the works.)

Read the full Gizmodo article...


Update:

The Boy Genius Report seems to have a listing of the Centro SKU and full retail pricing posted. It looks like the Centro will be selling for $399.99 without a new service contract.

Keep reading
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Friday, August 24, 2007

InfoWorld: Palm Says the Foleo is on Target



A new InfoWorld article out today reads:

"As stated on May 30, U.S. availability for the Palm Foleo mobile companion will begin this summer. We will let you know if this changes," said Jim Christensen, Palm's director of communications."

I've been reading InfoWorld magazine for years now and I've come to trust their reporting. In the "yes-it-is/no-it-isn't" ping pong game that has been going on about the Foleo, I'm inclined to err on the side of optimism and place my bet on the Foleo shipping before October of this year. We'll see if I'm right or not.

Read the full InfoWorld article...

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Rumor Mill: The Foleo is Still on Target

OK, there has been a lot of speculation this week about whether or not Palm is delaying the Foleo to work on software bugs and enhancements.

Today, Ryan Kairer over at PalmInfoCenter posted a short article indicating that,

"A Palm spokesperson has told PalmInfocenter that the company is still standing by its original timeframe originally announced back in May, saying "U.S. availability for the Palm Foleo mobile companion will begin this summer."

So the question that every Foleo Fanatic has on his or her mind is: Is the Foleo delayed or not? I wish I knew, but I still have no idea which rumor is closer to the truth at this point. My only hope is that Palm pre-announces the release date a few days, maybe a week, in advance to I can plan to be at the New York Palm Store when it opens so I can get my hands on one with in the first 15 minutes of it being available.

Read PIC's full article...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Barron's - Over Simplification

Ben Combee has been spotted on the message boards again. This time he is commenting on the #comments blog story regarding the recent Barron's article (details) about the Foleo's apparent delay.

Ben writes:

"I can’t talk much about when we’re launching yet, but I can say that the comments in Barron’s are a major simplification of what’s been happening this summer. We’re not stupid; we’ve been working on lots of complicated sync issues on lots of phones for the last year, including testing with a wide range of Treo devices. The issues haven’t been “it doesn’t sync”, but more like “after syncing large numbers of emails over a four day time period, the operation fails 25% of the time and cannot restart without resetting the device.” We’ve been doing lots of stress testing, and sometimes that finds problems that have been hidden for a while or problems that are really hard to debug because of the need to setup a reproducible case with instrumentation."

OK, I'm feeling better about this. I think Ben goes out of his way to show that Palm is working long and hard to ensure that the Foleo launch goes smoothly and without any software issues.

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1SRC Podcast 143







This week's 1SRC Podcast has been posted for your listening enjoyment.

1SRC Podcast 143 Show Notes

  • Carl W. Brooks, Editor of PalmLoyal.com is my special guest this week.
  • Palm confirms the existance of the Centrol.
  • PIC has details on pTunes for the Foleo.
  • Check out Gx-5's DialByPhoto. For a limited time, it is 50% off!
  • 1SRC Editorial: Foleo: Big Blue Inside.
  • What's on my Palm
Listen to the 1SRC Podcast 143...

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Ed Colligan Responds to Engadget Open Letter



Earlier today on the Palm company blog, Palm CEO, Ed Colligan responded to Engadget's open letter which was posted on the Engadget website this past Tuesday.

"I forwarded it to our entire executive staff and many others at Palm have read it. Although I can’t say I agree with every point, many are right on. We are attacking almost every challenge you noted, so stay tuned. Let’s remember that it is very early in the evolution of the smartphone and there is enormous opportunity for us to innovate. We have only just begun to fight!

Thank you for taking the time to write. I really do take your comments to heart and I know the team at Palm is totally committed to delivering the best mobile computing solutions in the world."

-Ed Colligan



Commentary

I think that this really gets back to what I've been saying about Palm in my weekly 1SRC.com podcasts: That Palm has been steadily executing a plan that will make Palm the company it was allowing them to bring innovative products to market. We know that Palm is working on a number of major projects and all we have to do is wait for them to be ready. I know that there have been delays, but do you really want more buggy hardware and software? Let's just give Palm the space they need to get everything done correcrtly right out of the gate.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rumor Mill: Has the Foleo Been Delayed?

Tiernan Ray writes for Barron's website today that Palm may have pushed back the release date of the Foleo to late September to early October. The Barron's article cites Deutsche Bank's Jonathan Goldberg who wrote, "In a round of checks yesterday we learned that the Palm Foleo will be delayed" in a briefing released today. Mr. Goldberg's briefing continues:

"The product was supposed to hit Palm stores this week, but was delayed when software bugs were detected. These apparently included an inability to synchronize the Foleo with most models of the Treo, in particular the nominally high-volume Treo 680. Our contacts indicate Palm now expects the device will ship in late September/early October."
This is surely some sad news for my fellow Foleo Fanatics who are waiting for this device to become available, however, I would rather seem Palm work out all the kinks before the device ships. If that means that software on the Foleo or the various Treo smartphones needs to be fixed, I would rather Palm fix it and have a solid launch than ship a product that isn't complete.

Read Barron's Tech Trader Daily article...

[Thanks to everyone who emailed me about this report.]

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Dear Palm: It's time for an intervention






If you are a Palm fan, you MUST read Engadget's open letter to Palm written by By Peter Rojas, Ryan Block, and Joshua Topolsky.

"Dear Palm,

Man, what a crazy year, right? We know things haven't really been going your way lately, but we want you to know that we haven't given up on you, even though it might seem like the only smartphone anyone wants to talk about these days is the iPhone. It can be hard to remember right now, but you used to be a company we looked to for innovation. You guys got handhelds right when everyone else, including Apple, was struggling to figure it out. And it was the little things that made those early Palm Pilots great -- you could tell that someone had gone to a lot of trouble to think about what made for a great mobile experience, like how many (or rather, few) steps it took to perform common tasks.

The problem is that lately we haven't seen anything too impressive out of you guys. Sure, over the past few years the Treo has emerged as a cornerstone of the smartphone market, but you've let the platform stagnate while nearly everyone (especially Microsoft and HTC, Symbian and Nokia, RIM, and Apple) has steadily improved their offerings. So we've thrown together a few ideas for how Palm can get back in the game and (hopefully) come out with a phone that people can care about. (And we're not talking about the Centro / Gandolf.) Read on."

Keep reading...

1SRC Editorial: Big Blue Inside


I've posted this week's 1SRC Editorial which deals with the recent reports that IBM is looking at possibly purchasing Wind River Systems, the embedded Linux operating system company.

"Palm recently announced a partnership with Wind River Systems to provide the underlying open standards Linux operating system for future Foleo Mobile Companion products. Over the weekend, PC World Magazine ran an article on their website about a possible acquisition of Wind River by IBM.

Powered by Blue

Palm is a company that has a lot of balls in the air. The Elevation Partners recapitalization deal still needs to be approved and potentially executed with a backdrop of an already jittery financial marketplace. Palm is also gearing up for a number of new product roll outs including the Foleo Mobile Companion sometime in the next few weeks; the release of the new form factor Centro smartphone, and last, but not least, the launch of a new Linux-based version of Palm OS, which I’ve dubbed “Palm OS II” until Palm officially names the new operating system in advance of its introduction during the 2008 calendar year.

As if this wasn’t enough to keep a medium-sized technology company occupied, the possibility of having a new business partner acquired, I’m sure, has a few people at Palm interested in the latest M&A (mergers and acquisitions) newspaper headlines. The last operating system provider that Palm was working with, ACCESS/PalmSource, ran into trouble. So what is to prevent such a thing from happening again?

Enter IBM."
Keep reading...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Wind River Systems to be Acquired by IBM?

Over this past weekend, PC World ran an article on their website about the possible acquisition of Wind River Systems by IBM. Wind River as you might recall was recently selected by Palm to provide an open standards based Linux OS for future Foleo products. (Details here.)
"IBM Corp. could establish a strong presence in the market for embedded operating systems with the acquisition of financially ailing Wind River Systems Inc., a deal that is reportedly in the works.

After the Silicon Valley Watcher site reported earlier this week that IBM was considering the deal, industry insiders -- including Wind River competitors -- agreed that an acquisition would make sense.

Wind River, a 1,300-person company in Alameda, California, develops operating systems for embedded applications primarily in the aerospace, defense and automotive industries, using both a version of Linux and its proprietary VxWorks OS."
Read the full PC World article...

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

A New Week, New Treo Rumors

Following on the heels of last week's Sprint product line up sneak peek at the Tech Summit conference, Christopher Price of PhoneNews.com has written an article based on information posted in the PhoneNews.com forums detailing Sprint's phone line up into January of 2008.

The following information has not been confirmed and it should be considered only a rumor at this point.

According to PhoneNews.com member comptech2002, Sprint will launch the Palm Gryphon on October 14, 2007. Then during the three months of Q1, 2008, Sprint is expecting to launch the Treo 800w.


Rumors usually conflict

The first obvious question I have is whether or not "Gryphon" is the Sprint branded version of "Gandolf" which Palm seems to now be calling the Centro. Since there is no mention of Centro or Gandolf or Treo 690 in this version of the proported Sprint roadmap, one is left to wonder if this is just a mistake and Gryphon is not real or is another Palm device.

Next we have the Treo 800w. Previous rumors indicate that the 800w is the long awaited update for the Treo 700wx, running Windows Mobile 6.0, with an internal antenna, and a higher resolution 320x320 screen like the ones that appear in Palm's Palm OS-based Treo smartphones. Personally I was expecting to see the 800w in Q4 of 2007, however with the current import ban in effect on phones containing Qualcomm chips, it is hard to know if the date has slipped or if the device was ever really intended to ship this year at all.


What about the Treo 800p?

Ever since rumors of the Treo 800w started to surface across the Internet, many folks started to wonder if there would be an 800p running a version of the Palm OS. The Treo 800p would be the successor to the Treo 700p and 755p. The questions on the minds of Palm OS fans are: when will such a device ship; will it support Wi-Fi; and will it run "Palm OS II", Palm's as yet unnamed Linux based OS.


Treo 755p coming to Verizon

Last week PalmInfoCenter.com ran a rumor that Verizon will be shipping the Treo 755p this November. While still a rumor, my sources confirm what was reported in the article, that the Treo 755p will ship on Verizon in November. As long as nothing changes.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

The "Gandolf" is the Palm Centro

GadgetsOnTheGo.net's Jimmie Geddes has posted some official information about Palm's latest smartphone, previously rumored to be "Gandolf".

The Palm Centro from Sprint

  • Smallest Palm OS smartphone to date
  • Targeting a younger demographic, new to the smartphone space
  • Runs on EVDO network
  • New design features a full keyboard and touch screen

The Centro looks like it will be Palm's low-cost entry level device the company's executives talked about back in April at the Palm Analyst day.

Update:
For more details on the Centro, including a first-hand account hands on with a pre-release version of the device, check out Sascha Segan's article over on Gearlog.com.
-amg

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

1SRC Podcast 142


This week on the 1SRC podcast, show number 142, I talk about the new details regarding the Verizon Wireless 700-series updaters, getting Reuters news on your Palm; Carl W. Brooks from PalmLoyal.com sends in an audio postcard, this week's 1SRC editorial and more!

Listen to 1SRC Podcast 142...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New Details on Verizon Treo Updaters

Palm has updated their Verizon Treo maintenance release download pages to give customers more details about why the updaters were taken down and details about what can happen to devices that have already been loaded with the updates.

The Verizon Treo 700p page now reads:
"The issue is caused by a device setting that affects connectivity to the Verizon Wireless network under certain situations and only occurs on devices that have installed the updater. Users receive an error message and typically can reconnect to the data network after a short period of time. This data connectivity issue does not affect the device or personal data in any other way.

Treo 700p users on Verizon Wireless experiencing this issue will see the following error messages more frequently:

  • Error 3000 - Data network is not available
  • PPP Link Time Out error 0x1231

We are currently working on delivering a solution and will repost the updaters as soon as they are available. If you would like to be notified by email when the updaters are available, please submit your email address. Thank you for your patience."


The Treo 700w|wx page now reads:
"The issue is caused by a device setting that affects connectivity to the Verizon Wireless network under certain situations and only occurs on devices that have installed the updater. Users receive an error message and typically can reconnect to the data network after a short period of time. This data connectivity issue does not affect the device or personal data in any other way.

Treo 700w/wx users on Verizon Wireless experiencing this issue will see the following error messages more frequently:

  • Page Cannot Be Displayed
  • Answering Modem is Disconnected
  • No Modem at Above Number

We are currently working on delivering a solution and will repost the updaters as soon as they are available. If you would like to be notified by email when the updaters are available, please submit your email address. Thank you for your patience."


Foleo Fanatics will update you when Palm updates the Verizon Treo 700p and 700w|wx maintenance release download pages.

Verizon Treo 700p details...
Verizon Treo 700w|wx details
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Monday, August 13, 2007

Editorial: The Foleo Needs eReader

I know that the Foleo isn't even available yet, however, I can't stop thinking about all of the things that I would like to do with it. There already has been a lot of debate about what should be included in the Foleo (read: YouTube for the younger crowd), but I wanted to keep the focus on more narrowly focused applications that can be added for or shortly after launch.

One of the things that I enjoy using my Treo for is reading ebooks. When I carried two devices, the Tungsten T3 and a Treo 600, all of the ebook reading was done on the T3 due to the fact that the screen was physically larger and had a higher screen resolution (320x480 on the T3 vs. 160x160 on the Treo 600). Moving to the Treo 700p with a screen resolution of 320x320 helped, but I always found that reading books and manuals on the computer better suited for a larger screen. (I no longer carry the Tungsten.)

Enter the Foleo with its 10-inch 1024x600 resolution screen. The Foleo will ship with DataViz Documents To Go and a Palm developed Acrobat PDF viewer installed. These two packages will allow you to read Microsoft Word (and presumably text and rich-text formatted files) and Adobe PDF files. This address part of the problem if the ebook you are trying to read is in one of the support file formats and isn’t encrypted, but does not completely solves the problem.

For a long time now, Palm has been including the eReader Palm OS ebook reader (also called eReader) on the bundled Palm handheld and Treo bonus CDs for years now. And as such, I've amassed a large collection of ebooks encrypted in the eReader file format. In addition to the Palm OS application, eReader has also made Windows Mobile/Pocket PC, Mac OS X, and Windows versions of their reader application available for download. Customers are free to buy an encrypted ebook and view it on multiple devices as long as the free reader for your specific platform was installed.

I was rather surprised to see eReader missing from the list of partners who will be releasing software for the Foleo on launch day. I would really like to see eReader get behind the Foleo and offer their customers the option of reading purchased ebooks on another platform as I feel that the larger screen and higher resolution will only enhance the enjoyment of being able to read an ebook while traveling with the Foleo. As I see it, the Foleo has the potential to offer eReader customers a larger view of the "page" along with adjustable font sizes. The longest running and often sited complain I've heard from corporate users, the Foleo's target market, is that the screens of mobile devices are just too small. Here is an opportunity to capitalize on that complaint.

What do you think about the Foleo as an ebook reader? Leave your comments in the discussion thread.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Palm Pulls the Verizon Treo 700 Updaters

I ended up on the Palm Treo 700p website over the weekend only to find that the Treo 700-series updates have all been pulled. This includes the 700p, 700w, and the 700wx for Verizon Wireless only.
"We have taken down the Verizon Wireless Treo 700p and 700w/wx updaters as a result of increasing customer reports of network connectivity issues following the updates. We are currently investigating the issue and will re-post as soon as they become available.

The reported error displays "Error 3000 - Data network is not available" when attempting to connect to the data network. This error does not affect your device or personal data in any other way. Thank you for your patience."

It would appear that some sort of bug has been detected in the code that connects the Treo to the Verizon Wireless network. At least that would explain the connection issue and why the data on the device is not affected. When the updaters go back up, I'll post it here.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

PCWorld Hands on with the Foleo


PCWorld has published a review of the Foleo from this week's LinuxWorld conference.

"The Foleo is the first Linux-based item from Palm, and touts an easy one-button e-mail sync over Bluetooth with Treo smarthones (both Palm OS and Windows Mobile versions). It has a 416Mhz processor, 256MB of flash memory and 128MB of ram, but no hard drive. The 10.2 inch screen has a 1024x600 resolution, and it has 802.11b and Bluetooth 1.2 wireless capabilities.

There's a single USB port, along with slots that can accept SD or compact flash memory cards (Palm says they've tested cards up to 4GB). And you can connect the Foleo to an external display, which will use a 1024x768 resolution.

As the Palm guys at the conference put it, the Foleo is meant to be "what happens when a PDA grows up," rather than a shrunk-down laptop. The applications are similar in look and feel to what you'd use on a smartphone, but are of course easier to use with the larger screen and full-size keyboard."

Read the full PCWorld article...

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Foleo Specs

As part of yesterday's 1SRC podcast, I talked about Brighthand's Editor-in-Chief Ed Hardy's article, Palm Releases New Information on the Foleo. In the article, Ed talks about some of the Foleo product specifications that have come to light during this week's LinuxWorld conference. Since the Foleo still isn't shipping yet, some of the details are still not available.

Here is what we know.

Processor: 416MHz Intel PXA27x

RAM: 256MB of non-volatile memory, about 128MB will be available for data and applications

Graphics Processor: Marathon 2700G graphics accelerator

Storage:
Compact Flash (CF) maxing out at 2GB;
Secure Digital (SD) maxing out at 2GB;
Support for FAT16 and FAT32 formatted USB Flash drives

Networking: 802.11b Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v1.2

I will post more Foleo product specs as they become available.

Read the full Brighthand article...

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More Foleo Photos

Grace Lee, the Depraved Librarian and Co-Chair of the NYPC PalmPilot user group, was at the Palm Foleo event with Ted Cohn and myself. I recently discovered Grace's Flickr album of the event.

Check out Grace's Foleo event photos
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NYPC PalmPilot Co-Chair Ted Cohn & Alan Grassia

(Just keep in mind that I walked two city blocks in the rain before I finally made it to the Palm store.)

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Foleo Update on the 1SRC Podcast



On this week's 1SRC Podcast, show 141, I cover all of the latest Palm Foleo news coming out of LinuxWorld.

1SRC Podcast 141 Show Notes:
  • CNNMoney.com reports that the Foleo will ship in September. Are they correct?
  • Palm partners with Wind River Systems for future Linux development on the Foleo.
  • Palm also announces a LogMeIn client for the Foleo will become available.
  • Brighthand's Ed Hardy has details on production Foleo specs.
  • PalmAddicts has posted an notice about the new TalkPlus.com beta for the Treo.
  • 1SRC Editorial: The Evolving Treo.
Listen to 1SRC Podcast 141...

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Treo Rumor Round Up


Kris Keilhack over at Palm InfoCenter has a nice round up of the many Treo rumor threads that are making the rounds on the Internet. If you are having a hard time keeping track of the rumors about "Gandolf", "Treo 800w", and the "Treo 690", check out Kris' article.

Read Treo Rumors & Analysis: Four New Treos Forthcoming...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

LogMeIn Adds Support for the Palm Foleo


Palm and Foleo software partner LogMeIn have announced a client for Palm's upcoming Foleo Mobile Companion.

LogMeIn is a free service that securely connects a remote client with a personal or corporate computer across the Internet. Attendees of this week's LinuxWorld conference can see a demo of the LogMeIn client running on the Foleo at Palm's booth, number 925.

"This alliance with Palm is a perfect fit for us. The Foleo is designed for people on the go and - by using LogMeIn - they will be able to access their files, documents, photos and music as if they were at their office or home PC," said Richard Redding, vice president, business development, LogMeIn. "We are excited to work with Palm and extend LogMeIn's offerings to improve the experience of Foleo users."

"The Foleo is the perfect device for mobile professionals who want to travel lighter and carry only what they absolutely need," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for Palm, Inc. "By adding LogMeIn to the Foleo, users can travel with the essentials, but still have access to files and documents left behind."

Read the full Palm press release...

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Palm and Wind River Parter on Linux Platform

Today Palm announced at LinuxWorld a partnership with Wind River Systems to provide an open standards Linux platform for future Palm Foleo products. In addition to being the preferred device software optimization (DSO) partner, Wind River is also making their Wind River Workbench software development suite available to the Palm developer community. Palm and Wind River will begin working on incorporating the Wind River platform to the Foleo over the coming months.

"By building the Foleo on an open Linux-based platform and publishing the tools developers need, Palm hopes to establish a vibrant developer community to create new applications that extend the mobile companion's built-in capabilities," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president, Business Development, Palm, Inc. "Wind River's open Linux platform gives us the reliability, performance and stability we need to continue driving innovation. Palm Foleo allows you to switch between applications at the touch of a button, play a game or write a memo, and synchronize your email. The Foleo makes you more productive than ever on the go."

"By offering an incredibly reliable architectural platform combined with an organization committed to operational excellence, Wind River is rapidly becoming the commercial Linux distributor of choice for mobile companies," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer, Wind River. "The stability and flexibility of Wind River's Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux Edition, coupled with Wind River Workbench development suite give Palm the strategic platform and tools it needs to differentiate the Foleo and help it deliver a solid platform for developers."

Thoughts on today's announcement

This is great news for the Palm community as it means that Palm is proactively working to build a solid foundation for the Foleo product family. By providing developers with the software development tools to create new applications for the Foleo, customers will be able to gain access to third-party applications that will extend the capabilities of the product beyond the initial product design.

Read the full Palm press release...

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Friday, August 3, 2007

Treo 750 to get Windows Mobile 6.0 Upgrade

Brighthand is reporting that Treo 750 customers are very likely to get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.0 next week.

"Palm, Inc. is apparently set to release an operating system upgrade for the Treo 750 in the next few days.

An official email to attendees of Microsoft Australia’s TechEd conference says, "Palm and Microsoft will be announcing the availability of Windows Mobile 6.0 on the Palm Treo 750 Smartphone at Tech.Ed."

This conference kicks off on Monday, August 6.

When Palm and AT&T announced this spring that an operating system upgrade for the Treo 750 will be released, they also said that this will be available free of charge."


Keep reading...

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