Treo 850 Snapped As Palm Opens Virtual Developer Lab

Keeps swimming against the strongest of currents.

Signs of a Palm revival? Let’s not get too optimistic…

Still for the long time Palm follower(s) out there your spirits will be raised this week with the first spy shots of the new Treo 850 and news the company is opening up its handsets to encourage wider development of third party applications.

The every-resourceful Boy Genius Report is the site to uncover the snaps and while it looks like a cross between a BlackBerry and a bar of soap it isn’t half bad (considering the designs that went before). A few specs have also tumbled out about the 850, most notably, that it will feature WiFi (spot the silver button on the side) while a 400MHz CPU is at its heart along with a less satisfying 100MB RAM.

Looking towards a hopefully healthier future (it couldn’t get much worse), Palm has also annoucnced a partnership with DeviceAnywhere to open up a Virtual Developer Lab. The move enables coders to remotely access real world Centro and Treo handsets and will hopefully speed arrival of new apps.

Funnily enough, DeviceAnywhere has long offered this service for most handsets so Palm is actually rather late onto the bandwagon here while Apple’s iPhone SDK creates a virtual handset on any developer’s computer simplifying the process even further.

Still, look on the bright side Palm – you could be Motorola

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