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The Veer is Near

Veer.pngAT&T announced that the tiny HP Veer 4G smartphone will go on sale May 15 for $99.99 with a two-year contract.

 

I’ve been using Palm devices for quite a while now and have found its interface to be more intuitive than any other device I’ve used – to the point where I try to swipe on my tablet and for some reason it just doesn’t respond. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get a TouchPad to address that behavioral tick.

 

The Veer is one of the smallest smart phones out there. You can see from this Veer unboxing video that it is very usable – especially for those folks looking for a small device. Sorry the picture isn't actual size. although depending on your display device -- it might be close.

 

"Veer is introducing the smartphone experience to a new generation of users," said Stephanie Maes, vice president of smartphone products at the Palm unit inside of HP. It has a powerful processor and includes many features and applications expected by the consumer market today.

 

AT&T calls the device 4G because it will run over HSPA+ networks with enhanced backhaul where available, giving performance above 3Mbps for downloads.

 

Notice, I didn’t even use the word mobile in that post.

Videos from the webOS developers conference

Recently the webs developer’s conference was completed at Mobile World Congress. Here is a link at a number of videos from the WebOS portion of the meeting. It covers the new development framework and features of future versions of the OS…

Tags: Mobility| Palm
Labels: mobility| Palm

Palm excitement

new palms.pngIt should be no secret that yesterday HP (Palm) made some major announcements about new hardware and software.  Although these devices are not available just yet, they should be here soon. I know I can’t wait to get my hands on them. It is clear that the folks working on the hardware know that one size (or even two sizes) do not fit all needs, so they have a pretty good range of capabilities.

 

(A good demo video from YouTube)

I’ve written a few apps for the most widely available version of WebOS (one is even in the apps store) and know some of the changes taking place in the current OS version should allow a whole other range of applications. I just saw this post about New apps in webs 3.0, but don’t know anything about it, so I am anxious to see what the new possibilities are.

 

I’ve written before about how impressed I was with the usability of WebOS. I am hoping that the market will have an open mind, since most of the SmartPhone articles I’ve been reading lately don’t even mention WebOS. I’ll definitely do a post after I get to play with the TouchPad.

Is Near Field Communications the next frontier for mobile devices in business?

cell.pngThe concept of mobile payment is almost as old as smartphone devices themselves. It’s been attempted numerous ways over the years but has never really caught on and been trusted. Now various mobile device vendors are looking into NFC in a big way. It has been used in Japan for quite a while. Apple has made some announcements, there is Android support and even the rumored Palm tablet post claims support.

 

There are the obvious commercial implications of NFC support. The security issues will need to be fully understood though.

 

Business could use this capability internally for many purposes (e.g., inventory, security, derived relationships). Especially as NFC stickers are developed. This can be attached to just about anything and read from nearby. They can do anything you could do from the newer barcode technologies. Since WebOS is designed to be an always connected solution, even greater capabilities are possible.

 

What kinds of possibilities do you see?

I've finally gotten my hands on a PrePlus

507iF28B3AC05208CE91I will not say what I had to do to get the Pre Plus, but now at least I can see what its capabilities are and will likely post about it.

 

I’ve had a windows mobile phone since one of the very early versions (back in 2000 I believe). One thing I can say for sure is that nothing eats into your productivity like switching mobile device architectures...there is so much new and interesting to learn.

 

I wrote a simple lap timer application (my kids used to swim, so I think I do understand the requirements) using the ARES development environment. Since the simplest development environment is based on CSS/HTML and JavaScript it was a relatively straightforward development effort. I placed a version of it out in the Pre apps location, but need to get an update out there now that I’ve played with it on an actual device. I realize there are a few user interface issues and improvements. It is called Timer3 and is being “reviewed” before being released on the world.

 

One thing that is different about the app store for Palm is that it can be specific to an organization and so private apps can have the ease of install and management for an organization that a public apps store has.  The question is, what app will I be creating next?

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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