updated 05:05 pm EST, Mon January 19, 2009
Palm Pre Calendar GPS
Palm's Pre will try to claim an edge over its rivals by using its built-in GPS to provide relevance to the calendar and contacts, company investor and Elevation Partners co-founder Roger McNamee tells Yahoo. The inaugural webOS smartphone can directly compare a user's schedule against the location of an event, warning owners that they will be late if the drive time is too long. The Pre can optionally e-mail affected contacts automatically instead of prompting the user.
The software should also use its mapping as part of the daily routine, the investor adds: taking advantage of webOS' Synergy, the Pre will have the option of automatically caching information about relevant calendar dates and contact information, including locations, ahead of the events themselves. The feature should let workers keep maps and other data available ahead of time rather than waiting until it's absolutely necessary.
McNamee's updates give the company a potential edge over both the iPhone as well as BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices, none of which offer significant out-of-the-box integration between GPS and personal data besides finding locations on request. [via PreCentral]