Palm (PALM) will start selling the much-anticipated Pre smartphone at Sprint Nextel (S) the first week of June, the New York Times reports. That’s in line with expectations; Palm had only promised to ship the device before the end of June.
Smartphone maker Palm (PALM) is “very far along” on a second, smaller device running its new WebOS operating system, according to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington. This would complement the Pre, set to launch with Sprint (S) sometime in the next two months, perhaps with a different carrier.
In the market for a smartphone? Unless you desperately need one today, it’s a smart idea to wait — at least until early June. Apple, Palm, and other companies are readying new phones for summer launches. And there’s a good chance you’ll want to try out one or more of […]
Tech reporters, eager to get their hands on Palm’s (PALM) Pre smartphone — easily one of the year’s most anticipated gadgets — still have to deal with supervision.
We’re still waiting for our first hands-on with Palm’s (PALM) forthcoming Pre smartphone, the phone that’s supposed to be the future of the company.
By day, Roger McNamee is a partner at Elevation Partners, the private equity firm that’s invested in Palm (PALM) and Forbes. By night, he is a wannabe rock god, playing in a band called Moonalice with former SNL band leader GE Smith.
Apple’s (AAPL) sneak peek at iPhone 3.0 shows that most of its smartphone rivals, such as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM), Android maker Google (GOOG), and Microsoft (MSFT) are still far behind in mobile software. Can they catch up?
Palm’s Web OS mobile platform has a new fan: RBC analyst Mike Abramsky, who upgraded the stock today and hiked his price target to $12 from $5. So as the smartphone business becomes increasingly important, who’s going to want Web OS badly enough to buy it?
Sprint and Palm hosted a “Webinar” today to show off the Pre. The companies didn’t offer much new information except to confirm that the Pre will run on Sprint’s “everything” plans. They’re pretty standard for the industry.
You don’t see this very often: Palm (PALM) has issued a SEC filing clarifying — and retracting — some of its investor Roger McNamee’s comments on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg.com.
Last time we tuned into NBC during the 12:35 ET hour, Conan was talking to a puppet dog. Who knew it’s a tech show now? Here’s Engadget editor Josh Topolsky showing off Palm’s (PALM) new Pre to Jimmy Fallon. Looks good, but we’re reserving judgment until we’ve had time to […]
Palm shares dove 11% after-hours after the smartphone maker said Q3 sales would come in more than 40% below Wall Street’s expectations.
What’s next for Sprint Nextel?
I think the news that Flash is coming to smartphones over the next year is a big deal. Most of the rich media experiences I have on the web are in Flash. YouTube’s success had a lot to do with its choice of Flash for its video player. Now almost […]
When Palm announced the Pre smartphone at CES in January, Newsweek‘s Dan Lyons — briefed in advance on Palm’s new product — had one detail no one else did: That Palm’s phone would run Flash, Adobe’s animation and video software. Since then, neither company has talked about it. Until now.
The Palm Pre, Blackberry Storm/Bold, and Google G1 hype have made the smartphone market so noisy that everyone’s forgotten about the iPhone (AAPL), right?
One of the most interesting features Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos talked about during today’s Kindle 2 press conference: A new syncing service called Whispersync.
Add one more name to the list of former Apple (AAPL) employees working on Palm’s (PALM) sexy new Web OS smartphone platform and Pre phone. Seventeen-year Apple veteran Chuq von Rospach announced today that he’s taken a job at Palm as Developer Community Manager.
Updated. It’s not just a threat: Apple (AAPL) really does have a patent on multi-touch. And that could potentially be bad news for Palm (PALM), which is trying to reinvent itself with a multi-touch smartphone platform.
One of the more bizarre parts of Apple’s (AAPL) earnings call this week: COO Tim Cook’s mini-rant about how Apple will go after companies that “rip off” their intellectual property.
Competition at work: To match Verizon (VZ) Wireless pricing, AT&T (T) has reduced the fees for some of its mobile data and messaging plans, Engadget reports. For instance, you can now get unlimited data (Web surfing, IM, etc.) and messaging on some AT&T phones for $30 per month, down $5 […]
When Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone and its multi-touch user interface two years ago, he said something along the lines of “…and boy have we patented it.”
Gizmodo says this is supposedly the T-Mobile G2 — the follow-up to Google’s (GOOG) G1, the first phone running its Android mobile operating system.
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning to make a big splash at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. According to Microsoft watcher NeoWin, that includes a preview of the next edition of Windows Mobile and some new services for consumers and companies. These include:
A patent holding company from Texas wants to bar six companies — including BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM), Google (GOOG) phone maker HTC, Palm (PALM), and Nokia (NOK) — from importing gadgets into the U.S. for supposedly violating its patents.
The blogosphere is breathless with speculation about how newly undead Palm (PALM) will price the device that wowed this year’s wilted CES. Palm CEO Ed Colligan originally hallucinated that he could charge more for the handset than Apple and RIM charge for theirs, Venturebeat says, but thankfully, he has since […]
We’re impressed that Palm’s sexy new webOS smartphone platform and Pre gadget is mainstream enough news for Yahoo’s (YHOO) extremely popular homepage. But Yahoo might want to study up on its gadget history.
For the last two years, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone has had an exclusive feature no other phone maker has replicated: A multi-touch screen, with which you could zoom around with natural gestures like “pinching” maps and pictures to zoom in and out. No longer: Palm’s new Pre smartphone — coming later […]
Want to get your mitts on Palm’s (PALM) sexy new Pre smartphone but don’t want to sign your life over to Sprint Nextel (S)?
Perhaps the most impressive part of Palm’s (PALM) new WebOS smartphone platform: It has a gorgeous user interface. (At least from what we can tell from the photos and videos we’ve seen.)
Sporting his trademark 1970s coverband lead guitarist’s long hair, Elevation Partners VC Roger McNamee went on CNBC to pitch Palm’s new smartphone, the Pre. Channeling a QVC host, Roger holds the Pre up next to an iPhone and some other device and shouts “It’s a lot smaller!”
The new Palm Pre smartphone, announced today, isn’t just a crucial bet for Palm (PALM). It’s an important product for Sprint Nextel (S), the no. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, which will be the first to sell it.
Today was the day Palm (PALM) investors had been waiting for: Shares closed up 35% today to $4.45 after the company unveiled Pre, the first smartphone running its new Palm Web OS platform.
Palm (PALM) bet the company on a new smartphone platform, and it looks like the bet could pay off.
The first week of 2009 will be one of tech’s busiest, including two trade shows, an investor conference, and an awards show. Stay tuned for complete coverage and analysis.
A snowy Christmas in Chicago has given us time to dig through our parents’ Newsweek archives, including some amazing Bill Gates covers — see photos below.
Palm’s (PALM) future will be written in the next few weeks, when the company debuts its make-or-break “Nova” smartphone platform on Jan. 8 at CES.
Smartphone pioneer Palm’s business is terrible right now. The company lost $80 million last quarter on $192 million of revenue because its Treo and Centro lines are old and stale. That was 40% below the Street’s revenue consensus.
Weird timing: Just as Palm (PALM) is set to launch what’s supposed to be the future of the company — a secret smartphone platform — its CFO is leaving. Andy Brown will leave Palm in January, to be replaced by eBay (EBAY) accounting exec Douglas Jeffries.
Palm (PALM) is on the brink: Its Treo smartphones, once leading the industry, are bulky and outdated. Upstarts like Apple (AAPL) and RIM (RIMM) have zipped past. And it’s burning cash.
Elevation Partners spent $325 million on a 25% stake in Palm (PALM) in June 2007. Yesterday, Palm pre-announced fiscal Q2 revenues 40% below Wall Street expectations.
Palm’s (PALM) fiscal second quarter was so bad they had to tell us about it in advance: The once-hot smartphone maker says sales for the quarter that ended Nov. 28 will be between $190 million to $195 million, 40% below the $331 million that Wall Street expected.
RIM BlackBerrys fail twice as often as Apple (AAPL)iPhone during the first year of ownership, according to a study from SquareTrade, which sells extended warranties for electronics including some 15,000 iPhones, BlackBerrys and Treos from Palm Inc (PALM).
It’s back: That pesky rumour that Microsoft (MSFT) might make its own mobile phone. The latest bits involve a special Nvidia processor called Tegra, and a Zune-based gadget codenamed “Pink.”
Smartphone maker Palm’s (PALM) future is mostly hinging on one thing: That it’ll find a large audience for a new, top-secret mobile platform, led by former Apple (AAPL) executive Jon Rubinstein.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM) will lose some corporate mobile email market share to rivals in the next three years, but will maintain a huge lead, according to results of a survey released today by research firm J. Gold Associates. The survey asked 400 “large and small companies” about […]
Wireless carriers are starting to deliver on their yearlong promises of “open access” to gadgets and mobile applications that the carriers don’t sell themselves. One of the first steps: Setting prices for new service offerings, which Verizon Wireless did today.
Palm (PALM) isn’t having trouble selling its Treo and Centro smartphones: It sold 1 million of them last quarter, up 49% from a year ago. But it is having trouble making money off them: The company lost $42 million last quarter on $367 million of revenue.
That new Palm smartphone we were fawning over last week? It’s real — the Treo Pro — it looks great, and it’s coming next month.
The New York Times checks in with Palm, which is trying to claw its way back to relevancy. Reporter Laura Holson talks to Palm execs who make their case. And for an opinion on the comany’s battered stock, she talks to a Wall Street expert:
Here’s how we score the Olympics this week:
Palm’s long-term success will be largely tied to the top-secret, next-generation Linux-based mobile platform it’s developing, which is supposed to start shipping next year. But in the meantime, it’s encouraging to see that Palm’s industrial designers have caught on to current smartphone design trends.
Palm’s long-suffering profit margins could finally get a bump: The smartphone maker just released its new Treo 800w, which will be sold via Sprint Nextel (S). This is one of the Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Mobile-based phones that Palm has been teasing for months. It’s hoping the Windows machines will boost […]
Research In Motion (RIMM) executives have been, in our opinion, incorrectly underestimating how much impact Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 3G will have on their business. Specifically, now that consumers account for the bulk of RIM’s growth, we see the company’s target market less interested in RIM’s proprietary email system and […]
More good news for Apple (AAPL) ahead of the 3G iPhone launch, scheduled for next Friday, July 11. Consumers have “unprecedented” demand for Apple’s phone, according to new data from RBC’s Technology Adoption Panel. From RBC analyst Mike Abramsky’s note:
Palm’s Q4 was even worse than analysts’ low expectations, and shares will probably drop Friday morning. (They’re down 7.8% after hours, to $6.03, after losing another 4.4% during Thursday trading.)
There’s not much to look forward to from smartphone maker Palm (PALM) until later this year, which is when the company promises we’ll get to learn more about its new, Linux-based operating system. Phones running the new software will go on sale next year, when they’ll have the pleasure of […]
While Apple (AAPL) and RIM (RIMM) are going to be fiercely competing for many of the same customers this summer — as Apple’s iPhone 3G launches and RIM’s BlackBerry Bold surfaces — RIM should do just fine. That’s the word today from Citi analyst Jim Suva, who expects RIM to […]
In an article about Motorola’s lousy financial prospects, the Wall Street Journal’s Sara Silver hides the real news in the third paragraph: HP exec Todd Bradley, Moto’s favourite candidate (of two finalists) to become CEO of its to-be-spun-off mobile phone division, has pulled out of the race, according to unnamed […]
Palm’s (PALM) finance chief Andy Brown knows plenty about his company’s forthcoming Linux-based operating system, which has been under development for about two years and is set to be finished around the end of this year. (Yes, this is the miracle next-gen OS steered by former Apple engineering guru Jon […]
We’ve spent the last two years with a Palm Treo, and it’s proven to be both the best and worst phone we’ve ever owned. In the next few months, we hope to upgrade to a 3G Apple (AAPL) iPhone.
How do you compound the misery of having a crappy business and a collapsing stock price? Stick your company’s precious rainy-day fund in “cash-like” auction-rate securities.
After missing third quarter earnings yesterday, Palm (PALM) CEO Ed Colligan reminded investors, via the company’s quarterly call, that it won’t be producing anything interesting this year.
Has-been smartphone maker Palm is having some luck selling its cheap, tiny Centro smartphone at Sprint (S) and AT&T (T): It helped the company sell a record 833,000 phones last quarter, up 13% year-over-year.
Palm’s $99 Centro smartphone is selling well at Sprint Nextel (S) and AT&T (T), Citibank analyst Jim Suva’s sources tell him. That doesn’t mean you should own the stock for a second, he says in a note today.
When CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves talks about book publisher Simon & Schuster, it’s usually a variation on the same theme: Nope, not a lot of synergy with CBS’s core business, but we love books and we’re not selling it.
The good news: Apple will soon be supporting third-party iPhone apps, which we’ll hear plenty about during Steve Jobs’ iPhone press event this Thursday. The bad news: Apple’s stamp of approval could be the most restrictive in the smartphone industry.
Why does Microsoft’s purchase of Danger make so much sense? Because it gives the software giant a solid platform in the fast-growing, consumer-focused smartphone market — without screwing up its business-focused Windows Mobile lineup. Danger’s Sidekicks have caché with young urbanites, but they’re not nearly as popular as multimedia devices […]
We already know that the softening U.S. economy has affected telecom carriers AT&T and Comcast. How about mobile phone makers? Yep, they’re at risk too. In a note today, Citi analyst Jim Suva runs a recession scenario through his models for Research In Motion (RIMM), Palm (PALM), and Motorola (MOT). […]
Has-been smartphone maker Palm is closing all but one of its 31 retail stores, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Smart, belated, move: We can’t think of any other handset maker besides Apple that should operate its own retail stores in the U.S. That’s because Americans buy almost all of […]
No shocker, because we were warned: has-been smartphone maker Palm (PALM) reported a crappy Q2 this evening, thanks to weak sales, a delay getting one of its new Treos out the door, and higher than expected warranty expenses repairing some of its older products. The company sold 686,000 smartphones during […]
Update: My original post was wrong. The Elevation Partners transaction was not reflected in the August financial statements (or on Yahoo Finance) and Palm now has (or will soon have) $400 million in new debt and about $350 million in cash. As of Aug 31, Palm had $627 million in […]
One can hope that the folks responsible for Palm’s problems–senior management–fired themselves, too, but this is undoubtedly wishful thinking. CNN explains how the also-ran gadget maker whacked about 10% of its 1,150 staff a week before Christmas. See Also: How PALM Can Beat Apple’s iPhone: The Flash Phone Irrelevant Palm […]
Palm, which practically invented the smartphone, is in a rut: its products have hardly improved in years, competitors like Research In Motion and Apple are stealing potential customers in droves, and its stock is in the toilet.
Palm stock getting crushed on news that the has-been device maker will fail to ship a new product on time and is having to spend millions fixing its crappy existing products. More bad news for the company: Sales of its hot new Centro product are coming at the expense of […]
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