Palm unveils new operating system and smartphone

Palm unveils new operating system and smartphone


Palm has unveiled its overhauled operating system alongside a touch-screen smartphone, in a bid to claw back share from competitors such as Apple.


The operating system – the Palm WebOS – was developed under the watch of Palm executive chairman and former Apple chief, Jon Rubenstein, who was one of the key executives responsible for the iPod.


Palm has been developing the operating system, which is set to rival Android, since 2007. The company was the pioneer of touch-screen phones with the Treo, but has been steadily losing share to the iPhone, RIM’s Blackberry, and other similar devices.


The new smartphone, the Pre, is a touch screen device with GPS, Wi-Fi and a slide out full keyboard. It currently runs on America’s CDMA phone network and is incompatible with European mobiles, but a 3G version that could go on sale in Europe is currently in development.


The Pre phone easily consolidates multiple communication services such as instant messaging, text messaging and social networks such as Facebook, and multiple email systems.


Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today


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