Palm Redesigns Website Ahead of Nova Debut

In advance of the CES Event on Thursday, Palm has just debuted a completely redesigned website.  The new site features a very clean look showcasing the Treo Pro, Centro and Treo 800w.


Clearly, this is just another step in what is the rebranding of Palm or should we say the new Palm. Of course, the biggest step comes with the announcement on Thursday. The buzz continues to build and Palm has done a great job in getting people excited about Thursday’s Nova OS launch and a new phone that some have dubbed "iPhone like".  The final piece of the puzzle comes Thursday. Will they deliver?

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Is the Fat Middle a Palm Social Tablet?

While there has been wide spread speculation that Palm will announce their new Nova OS at CES, Business Week has all but confirmed this information. Interesting quotes abound from company executives regarding the new OS and the family of products it will spawn.  "People’s work and personal lives are melding," Colligan says, adding that Palm is aiming for the "fat middle of the market." The Nova OS and supporting devices will aim to fill that market. Colligan was quoted earlier this year as saying Nova would be a, “next-generation operating system with much more capabilities, driven around the Internet and Web-based applications”. Maybe Palm’s new device isn’t a smartphone. Is the fat middle a Palm Social Tablet? The ultimate Facebook device with a large screen that sits neatly between a laptop and a smartphone. An iPhone on steroids, but without the costly 2-year commitment to AT&T or any cellular carrier. Not such an outlandish idea, as many in the Mac community have been calling for such a device. If Apple won’t build one, how about Palm?

As Mike Cain explains, "Palm has something hot. You don’t waste that on a phone. Only Apple can get away with that." Palm’s Jon Rubenstein, who has spent 9 years with Apple, believes "the next 10 years is about the transition from notebook to mobile computing." Nothing mentioned about smartphones. If they went in the direction of building a tablet, you’d build in WiFi, GPS, support for 3G data and include a suite of Web 2.0 applications.  One of those apps should offer the ability to tether your existing smartphone to the tablet for connectivity. Palm insiders are excited, believing the announcement will introduce a product that is truly revolutionary. "I’m fundamentally convinced we’re onto something huge," says Mike Bell, a 16-year Apple engineering star who joined Palm last year. "Some of the stuff we’re working on here is mind-blowing—better than anything I’ve seen before."

Is Palm revolutionizing the smartphone or perphaps creating a mind-blowing Web 2.0 Social Tablet? That latter would certainly deliver the new-ness, but would consumers embrace a product that fills the "fat middle"? One could argue that Palm’s Foleo aimed to do the same thing and the market responded with a resounding "No".

Palm executives acknowledge that RIM’s BlackBerry excels at email and the iPhone dominates the entertainment aspect, so there might just be a market for a Social Tablet. Maybe that’s what Ed Colligan means when he talks about the fat middle? We’ll find out more on January 8th. Stay tuned to Everything Treo for live coverage of the event.


Palm Nova Handsets Pushed To Q3 of 2009

Over the past few months, Palm has made strides with their hardware designs, most notably the Treo Pro. The latest Treo releases from Palm (Treo 800w and Treo Pro) both run Windows Mobile leaving fans of the Palm OS waiting for the next generation Palm OS, also known as Palm OS 2 or Nova. Nova is based upon the Linux operating system and according to the company it is still “on track” to be completed by the end of 2008.

According to Palm, handsets with the new Palm OS won’t find their way onto shelves until the second half of 2009. Recent history has shown prospective release dates for Palm OS 2 have slipped, but with the end of 2008 just three months away, they must be close to completion. 

For the new Palm OS to be successful, the company will have get developers on board and to do so, it’s important the company meet their 2008 target date. Apple continues to alienate developers, but successful developers have reaped massive profits. The software distribution model of the iPhone App Store has set the standard and Google aims to replicate this with their Android Market, sans the gatekeeper mentality. The jury is out as to how the market will react to so-called gPhones, but it does add yet another player to an already crowded smartphone market. If Palm is able to have a coming out party for their next generation OS before the end of this year, expect them to be a major player in the 2009.

via The Register