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.
Notice, I didn’t even use the word mobile in that post.
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…
It 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.
The 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.
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 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.
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?