updated 02:45 pm EST, Thu January 7, 2010
Palm set to add new phones, carriers
Palm held its CES 2010 keynote and Electronista was there to provide coverage. The company launched the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus as well as expand its carrier deals to SFR and Verizon. Read below for updates in reverse chronological order, Pacific time.
11:49AM: Wrapping up: webOS 1.4 coming in February, Flash coming soon.
11:46AM: Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. Pre Plus has a streamlined design without the center button and doubles storage to 16GB. Pixi Plus gets Wi-Fi and new color backs.
Plus models exclusive to Verizon. New app exclusive to these phones: Palm Mobile Hotspot. As long as you have tethering on your plan, you can share your 3G with five other devices.
Both available January 25th. Teases that there's no prices yet, but coming close to ship date.
11:39AM: OTA update to bring video recording, Flash 10 and more, again in February.
11:38AM: Showing integration of webOS with Sims 3: shows notifications and will instantly pause a game when you go to card view.
Shows Flash 10 in the browser by playing a Yahoo trailer. You can share YouTube links with others through Facebook and others.
11:32AM: Video recording on webOS. 1.4 software update coming in February, no new hardware required.
11:28AM: EA on stage: talking about games on webOS. They actually run pretty quickly despite what you might think about a web-based OS.
Shows Sims 3, Need for Speed: Undercover. The latter really shows the performance of the game. Multi-touch gestures used for things like activating nitro, accelerometer for steering.
EA's games available today.
11:24AM: Opening up the App Catalog system: you can create your own web store and let people buy apps from the web, even from their computer, and have them sent to the phone via phone number.
Discoverability is an issue: Hot Apps bonus program. $1m in cash incentives for popular apps.
Palm webOS Plug-in Development Kit. Integrate C++, other code into webOS apps. Will allow games and more. Arrives in March. Games available on the Palm App Catalog today.
11:19AM: Rubinstein back on stage: introduces Katie Mitic, Product Marketing Senior VP. Formally opening developer program. Can send to any market Palm sells phones in. Homebrew developers can now go official!
Notes the 1,000 app mark and how this as well as Ares should help spur development that much more.
11:13AM: New carrier in France: SFR. Investing heavily in their 3G. Pre and Pixi in the second quarter. SFR executive on stage to promote the deal: he notes how SFR was the first to deploy 3G, is adding fiber optics for broadband.
By 2012, want half their customers to own smartphones. Negotiated some "phones from Cupertino" and "ended in Sunnyvale." Palm has high awareness at SFR (70%), lots of buzz.
11:06AM: Growing network of carriers: 7 so far. Playing a video highlighting the reactions to webOS from carrier execs.
11:04AM: Jon Rubinstein on stage; talking about how there's been a lot of positive buzz over the past year. Reiterating the importance of making a web-based OS.
85,000 Mojo SDK downloads worldwide. In 2 weeks since Ares (web-based SDK), 20,000 downloads. Ares open to the wider public today
Recapping the features of the Pre and Pixi.
10:59AM: Keynote about to start. Small but packed ballroom.