Rogers Releases Palm Pre for $99

The Palm Pre 2 is now available on Rogers Wireless in Canada, for the low price of $99 on a 3 year contract. The Pre 2 is the newest device from HP and Palm running WebOS. This iteration of hardware comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and the usual connectivity options including GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Pre 2 is the successor to the Pre Plus and the Pre, before that. Rogers adds a heavy subsidy when going from a 2 year up to a 3 year term. The off-contract price is $449.99, $399 for a 1 year and $349 for a 2 year.

The Pre 2 is also available online, unlocked and directly from Palm for $449 USD.

HP Palm Pre 2 Announced

Along with the webOS 2.0, HP also announced the successor to the Palm Pre the Palm Pre 2. The Palm Pre 2 will be powered by a 1GHz processor, from OMAP in all probability. The Pre 2 will feature a 3.1-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will also sport a 5MP camera along with a LED flash, extended depth of field and video recording. HP_Palm_Pre_2

The usual GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, 3.5mm jack, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor are also present. The Pre 2 will also have 16GB of on board memory for all your storage needs. The handset will also support Mobile Access Point (AP) feature for up to five devices.

The Pre 2 will be running on the HP webOS 2.0. The handset will be hitting France this Friday on the SFR network. The Pre 2 will be hitting the U.S. under the Verizon network in the coming months’.

In the U.S., Developers will also be able to order an unlocked Pre 2 (UMTS). Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the pricing of the Pre 2. Click here for more information about the Palm Pre 2.

Snarky and Amusing Comments Present within Palm webOS Code [Friday Fun]

Welcome to another edition of Friday Fun. Working on large software development projects can be quite demanding, especially if you have a deadline to meet. During this demanding period, it is a common practice among developers to unleash their creativity (and also let off steam) through code comments.

Palm-webOSUsers at PreCentral.net have managed to locate quite a few snarky and amusing comments present in Palm’s webOS code. While they aren’t as insane as the ones spotted by Codeulate (warning: NFSW), they are amusing and interesting in their own geeky way. While one developer labeled users as “slimy ******* users”, another revealed the time constraints he was working under. Here are some of my favorites:

  • //<-- gaze into the javascript abyss
  • // This should not happen
  • // Every time you call this, somewhere a kitten dies
  • // this is weird
  • // Welcome to the house of javascript hacks. Please enjoy your stay!
  • // Finally remove any remaining scripts to avoid any evilness they may bring
  • // TODO: Peter will fix this
  • // On the offchance that the user hits the ‘minimize’
    // before we finished capture … slimy ******* users.
  • var depressed = false; // spot the pun!
  • // hide all buttons and plead for patience.
  • //TODO: this is not a great user experience, but will get the job done given the time constraints.
    // A preferable solution would be to add a spinner while the account is being deleted or send the
    // user to the accountpreferences assistant and invoke the Remove Account button.

(via fearphage)

Cost of Ownership: Nexus One vs iPhone 3GS vs Droid vs Palm Pre

We have been covering the Google Conference about Android and quite extensively today. If you missed any of our previous posts, you can take a look at them below.

However, now that the phone is out and users can buy it for either $179 with a contract or $599 unlocked at google.com/phone, is it really worth buying?

BillShrink has the answer to that question in the form of a cost of ownership comparison between the Nexus One, iPhone 3GS, Motorola Droid and Palm Pre.

From the comparison done, Palm Pre is the cheapest phone to own over 2 years. However, Nexus One is cheaper than both the Motorola Droid and iPhone 3GS, thanks to the network it will be available on, T-Mobile.

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Take a look at the chart below, courtesy BillShrink.

Quake Running on Palm Pre

If you grew up on video gaming, there is a very high chance that you might have already played Quake 1 on your PC. If not, the Quake series is a highly addictive FPS and team game created by ID Software. Quake 1 was released on June 22, 1996 and was quite a rage when it was released?

Quake on Palm Pre

So why are we writing about a game, which  is almost 15 years old? For the simple reason that Quake 1 was ported to be played on Palm Pre, yes the phone.

Take a look at the video below to see a brief teaser of Quake 1 being played on a Palm Pre after the jump.

Palm Pre to get WebOS 1.3.5 today!

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Palm Pre users are in for a surprise – Sprint, the only company that has it on sale in the US, stated in it’s website that WebOS 1.3.5, build 194, will be available over-the-air from December 28, 2009. Sprint has said that the new update will have the following features:

  • Improvement in battery life optimization when in marginal coverage areas.
  • QCELP capability fix to allow play and audio of video sent via MMS.
  • Launch Google Maps or Sprint Nav when tapping an address from contacts.
  • Minimized package of MR size through binary difference. Customers can now download over 2G connections if necessary.

The last statement basically removes the app storage limit, which earlier prevented users to install more than a couple dozen apps on the device.

Nokia Looking to Pawn Palm

Quite sometime back, Nokia was undoubtedly the leader in the mobile handset market but quite a few things went wrong for them. Including the popularity of rival iPhone.

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When the iPhone launched, Nokia went from being an innovator to a follower. The did come up with Nokia 5300 xPressMusic and later on Nokia N97. That by several standards is pretty good but not as good as the iPhone (when it comes to the touch screen).

Palm has been having lots of problems recently and has lost quite a lot of money even after they came up with Palm Pre. A potential deal with Verizon may set things straight but not actually fill their coffers to the brim.

According to FoneArena there are potential rumors that Nokia might bid to take over Palm and add it to their own company.

This news sent Palm stocks up 1.12$ to 17.07 after a particularly gloomy week. It will be interesting to see where this deal ends up. Nokia has been the biggest player in the international market but still has to create a considerable footprint in the Northern American market.

This has definitely affected the way they are coming out with products and surprises to overcome the NAM market. Where do things go from here? Right now we cannot speculate on rumors but, yes we will keep you posted on how things pan out eventually.

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Rumor Says Palm Pre In Europe On October 30th

The Palm Pre which is already available in US and Canada, will soon be available in Europe.  Palm Pre is supposedly making its debut in European market on October 30th.

palm-pre-2The version of the Pre for Europe will be the first GSM/HSDPA edition of Palm’s latest device, as the edition offered by Sprint in this country and Bell Mobility up north leverage those operators’ CDMA/EV-DO technology.

It is also said that O2’s first ever WebOS Smartphone is to be launched during the same time.

Palm Pre takes on the iPhone in new ad

Sometime back in past, I remember, Blackberry released an ad attacking on Apple iPhone. The ad went like this a black-berry(fruit) dashes into an eaten apple and the apple falls.’ Apple replied to that ad a black-berry(fruit again) dashes into Apple and it burts’. I couldn’t make a connect to the ads and now its too blur in my mind to know it.

So now this time around when i am blogging about this so that the memory doesn’t go blurr again, its Palm Pre trying to hit on iPhone.  The Sprint guys who are very smart in calculations calculated its the time first generation iPhone contracts are coming to an end. So now they want users to change their contracts and shift to sprint Palm Pre.

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Alright. I am really impressed by Palm Pre. But does it have potential to beat iPhone in terms of applications? Okay you can run multiple applications but what’s the use when you don’t have applications to run?

Are they making fun of them?