5/31/2007 9:55:00 AM
Palm has launched the Palm Foleo, the company's first smartphone companion product, which features a large screen and full-size keyboard with which to view and edit email and office documents residing on your smartphone.
Users can browse the web using Foleo's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint compatible documents using Documents To Go. The battery lasts for up to five hours.
Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm, said: 'Smartphones will be the most prevalent personal computers on the planet, ultimately able to do everything that desktop computers can do. However, there are times when people need a large screen and full-size keyboard. As smartphones get smaller, this need increases. The Foleo completes the picture, creating a mobile-computing system that sets a new standard in simplicity.'
Foleo can be used with Palm's Treo smartphones as well as other smartphones based on Windows Mobile. Palm expects to work with third-party developers to support as many smartphones as possible.
'As we did with the PalmPilot more than a decade ago, and more recently with the Treo smartphone, Palm is driving innovation and capitalising on emerging opportunities in mobile computing, a market full of potential,' said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of Palm. 'The Palm Foleo represents our first product in a new line of solutions that will redefine how people work while away from their desks. It starts today with a focus on wireless email, and we expect the Foleo to grow in features and expand its capabilities as the platform grows.'
US availability for the Palm Foleo mobile companion will begin this summer. The price of the Foleo mobile companion is expected to be $499 after an introductory $100 rebate. It is to be available in Europe later this year.