Jon Rubinstein Speaks at web 2.0 Summit, “great things coming”

Jon Rubinstein today took part in an interview at the web 2.0 summit.  Similar to previous interviews, Rubinstein reinforced how easy it is to develop for the App Catalog and how they’ve got an exciting roadmap. Both the interviewer and the audience asked about future devices.

When asked if Palm would be able to deliver a hit, similar to the Treo, iPhone and Droid, Rubinstein indicated the company had great products, great smartphones, a great tablet in the pipeline. “Several products that will clearly be hits when they come out“, said Rubinstein. He continued adding that Palm would be “aggressively rolling out new devices. Pool will grow dramatically in next 12-18 devices.
Jon Rubinstein

Rubinstein was candid about the effects of Palm being acquired by HP. “When you go through an acquisition, you get the wind knocked out of your sails“. Concluding the event, an audience member asked for a timeframe for smartphones and tablets. “Stay tuned. We’ve got some great things coming.

via PreCentral

Palm Pre Goes Missing From Sprint’s Website

The original Palm Pre is getting a bit long in the tooth, but up until today it’s been capable webOS phone on Sprint. Sprint’s reluctance to offer a follow-up device (Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pre 2) has been well documented, but now the Palm Pixi is the only option for those looking to purchase a webOS phone on Sprint. Yes, the original WiFi-less Palm Pixi. It would be wishful thinking that perhaps Sprint has been hiding the Palm Pre 2 from us all, but we don’t get that feeling. Perhaps some of those mystery references found in webOS 2.0 source code will find their way to Sprint early next year. We’ll be at CES providing all the coverage of the yet-to-be announced HP Palm event.

via PreCentral

Palm Pre 2 Preview

The lucky gentlemen at Phonescoop were granted a date with the Palm Pre 2. Palm again reminds journos that these units are pre-production and that leaves us wondering if there will be any changes when the Palm Pre 2 ships. You can view the full preview here, but here are some interesting snippets along with a video tour.

The most obvious changes to the Pre 2’s appearance are the new bevel around the front glass surface, which, by the way, is now Gorilla Glass. The display looks identical to the original, and the volume toggle, power/lock key, and silencing switch are all identical. The biggest and most welcome improvement to the hardware is the keyboard. Palm, changed the shape of the keys, and gave them much better travel and feedback. It still feels a bit cramped, but typing is much more satisfying on the revised hardware. The Pre 2 has a 1GHz processor, and the webOS 2.0 platform absolutely FLIES now.The speed improvements are real, and definitely appreciated.

Interesting that the display is reportedly Gorilla Glass. Many of these Palm Pre 2 previews showcase the speed of webOS 2.0. Cards are fast on pre-Pre 2 hardware with webOS 1.4.5. Will in-app speed be improved and will this carry over to pre-Pre 2 hardware? Those are the big questions for webOS 2.0. Still no official word on a release date for the Palm Pre 2 or webOS 2.0.

Palm Announces Winners of PDK Hot Apps Contest

Palm last night announced the winners of their PDK Hot Apps contest, where developers would be rewarded with cold hard cash for apps that top the charts. No surprise that Rovio’s Angry Birds was the winner of the paid apps portion of the contest. As for the free apps, Natenai Ariyatrakool’s Glow Hockey was also a big winner. Both will receive $100,000.

PDK Hot Apps WInners

$50,000 Winners: Free

$50,000 Winners: Paid

The prizes don’t end there. There were 30 winners of $10,000 and 100 winners received a $1,000 store credit at HP.com or an HP ENVY 17. You can view the full list here. The titles listed above are the best sellers, so if you haven’t checked them out, give them a whirl. Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite.

Palm and Nokia Complete Executive Swap

Last month, Nokia hired Palm’s Peter Skillman, whose position within Palm was VP of Product Design. Today it appears Palm has returned the favor, hiring Air Jaaksi who recently resigned from Nokia’s MeeGo branch. Jaaski will be Palm’s Senior VP of webOS. Jaaski recently left Nokia it was for “personal reasons”.  As All Things D points out, this is code for, “I’ve got a new job at Palm”.

Ari Jaaski

In addition to hiring Jaaski, Palm has also hired Victoria Coleman, who was in charge of Samsung’s R&D Center in San Jose. Coleman will “oversee platform and application development for next-generation versions of webOS”.

There has been plenty of employee shuffling since the acquisition, but it’s certainly refreshing to see Palm add talent.

All Things D via Unwired

webOS 1.4.5 Update Released for AT&T Palm Pixi Plus

Owners of the AT&T Palm Pixi Plus should be excited today as Palm has released the webOS 1.4.5 update that should be hitting your phone OTA. The big news here is that you’ll now be able to enjoy PDK developed games, so we don’t mind if go get your Angry Birds on.

webOS Update

Full changelog:

  • Version: webOS 1.4.5
  • Release date: 11 October 2010

New applications

NONE

Feature changes to existing applications

System

  • This release includes minor fixes and enhancements to support the public release of the webOS PDK.

Web

  • If a user enters text in a field on certain websites, the screen focus now remains on the text being entered.
  • This release fixes a rare problem so that podcasts now download correctly.

Security

This release addresses several security issues with the Palm webOS software.

We’d like to thank Nils of MWR InfoSecurity and Chris Clark for their help in identifying the issues addressed in this release. Individuals interested in contacting Palm to report suspected security issues can find more information at palm.com/security.

via @palm

SFR Confirms Palm Pre 2

If there was any question about whether or not we’d see the Palm Pre 2, you can throw it out the window. SFR, a wireless carrier in Franch, jumped the gun and posted information on the upcoming Palm Pre 2. This is most definitely the rumored Roadrunner device. The image shown on SFR is actually includes Roadrunner in the name.  It will feature a 1Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and will feature a flatter screen. PreCentral theorizes that it could be glass and we’re certainly hope this to be the case. There will also be a new push feature in webOS 2.0, allowing Facebook updates and more pushed to your device. Sounds good to us.
Palm Pre 2

webOS 2.0

Palm Pre 2

via PreCentral Thanks to C. Laurentano on Twitter for the 3rd image.

HP To Launch New webOS Phones in 2011

According to a senior HP executive, HP will release new webOS phones in early 2011. While not surprising, that would likely mean there won’t be anything new this year, although that was not confirmed. Senior Vice President Eric Cador announced the news at an industry conference in Europe saying, “You will see us coming early next year with new phones.”

It’s still not clear if HP will release the new phones under their brand or if the Palm brand survives. The good news is that ‘phones’ implies multiple phones will be released in early 2011. Cador reaffirmed the reasoning for the HP’s acquisition of Palm.

“More importantly we acquired webOS,” Cador told the conference in Barcelona, adding Palm’s intellectual property was “extremely fundamental” in the deal.

Are they too late or perhaps waiting to get things just right? After seeing the release of the Droid Pro, wouldn’t that be a killer device if coupled with webOS? Make it happen HP.

via Reuters

Palm Pre 2 In Certification Phase?

Two new Palm phones have shown up on TUVRheinland, a testing and certification company located in Europe. The  model designations P102UNA and P102EWW represent new devices not currently released. It’s not clear if these will be released under the Palm Pre brand, especially given the potential changes in the branding of webOS.

Either way, it certainly looks like something is coming and soon.

via webOS Internals

Palm webOS Now HP webOS?

A subtle yet major change seems to have occurred with respect to the branding of webOS. According to a page on Palm’s developer site (that has since been removed), it’s now known as HP webOS, an obvious departure from the familiar Palm webOS. It’s unclear how HP will brand future smartphones. Given their plans to implement webOS on a variety of connected products, this move makes sense.

Will the next phone be a Palm phone running webOS by HP?  Was this page simply a graphic design mistake?

PreCentral Forums via webOSInternals