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Flash Promised for Palm Pre

Gordon Kelly


Flash Promised for Palm Pre

It's hard for me to get any more excited than I already am about the Palm Pre following our thrilling hour together (it's how I phrase em) but this just made the tingling even stronger...

Doing the wholly sensible thing (as it seems increasingly inclined towards these days) Palm has announced it has become a member of the Open Screen Project a "broad industry initiative dedicated to enabling standalone applications and full web browsing across televisions, desktops and mobile devices taking advantage of Adobe Flash Platform capabilities."

Yep, let's cut it short: the Pre's getting Flash support!

"We're excited that our customers will benefit from the creativity and broad range of Flash content and applications created by the millions of designers and developers using Adobe's popular tools and technologies," said Palm VP Pam Deziel.

"As an industry innovator Palm will be an important contributor to the Open Screen Project," said Adobe Product Marketing VP Michele Turner. "We're aiming to bring a rich, Flash technology-enabled browsing experience to Palm's impressive web browser."

So let's refresh what I'm increasingly inclined to call the 'iPhone Ass Kick List' once more: multitasking, copy and paste, MMS, turn by turn Google Maps directions, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR with A2DP, native multiple calendar support, drag and drop media content, free OTA syncing, tethering, an open source platform, a removable battery and Flash support.

I hope it doesn't get sued into oblivion...

PS In case I haven't spelt it out, the exciting Web OS at the heart of the Pre, unlike mobile OS X will actually be ported to every handset Palm makes from now on in every form factor and every price range. Oh yeah!


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February 18, 2009, 1:51 pm

Am really liking this phone, everything ive read about the phone makes it sound like its really going to take off, and now that I am using the excellent INQ1 phone on 3 I am really appreciating the "convergence" factor of having all your contacts and calender entries sync on your phone for ease of use.

I just hope that Palm really goes for the throat of the iPhone by undercutting the iPhone on price and offering a sim free version to really get it out into the market, although I have heard that the Pre will be coming to the UK on Vodafone which suggests sim free won't be an option.


February 18, 2009, 4:22 pm

This phone looks like it may actually beat Android to the punch of being the first real iPhone competitor. Well done Palm, I don't think there's many of us thought you had it in you...


February 18, 2009, 5:18 pm

I thought palm were over!


February 18, 2009, 5:48 pm

Palm still have a few unforeseen hurdles to overcome, such as Apple's recently awarded patents... which apparently cover certain touchpanel gestures.

However, as a Palm user of ~around 12 years I'd really like to see them do well with this - and perhaps finally focus Apple on the task of improving some of the niggles of the iPhone 3G (I really wish I could forward SMS jokes on mine, see flash content and have more than a single web page 'live' at one time - not to mention the usual missing copy/cut/paste complaint).

My iPhone contract still has almost a year to run - will be interesting to see how the iPhone / WebOS / Android landscape looks then - especially given the unpredictable effects of the slow-down on the handset market.


February 18, 2009, 5:51 pm

I'm really excited about the Pre. Not because I think it looks like a great phone (which it does) but because Apple might finally have a reason to implement a few of the features on Gordon's 'iPhone Ass Kick' list.


February 18, 2009, 5:53 pm

@Williamn - we all did!

@Baily's - that's what the link in the very last line of the story is too ;) And agreed - we need healthy competition. Web OS, mobile OS X and Android will hopefully all evolve into great successes.


February 18, 2009, 5:57 pm

@Bailey's Coffee

I highly doubt Apple will pursue Palm, although Apple do hold numerous patents that Palm may be infringing on, Palm holds many more that cover basic functionality in the iPhone which I highly doubt Apple is paying for. If it went to court it would simply end in a stalemate with both companies throwing every patent they have at it which would be bad for both companies.


February 18, 2009, 8:06 pm

I must say this phone gets tastier and tastier and will be the thing that makes me switch from WM, unless WM7 is really kick a*se (which i have a feeling it won't be as MS seem REALLY slow at making their devices consumer friendly).

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