Let's start with the new details on the Palm Pre. As was to be expected, Palm will offer a digital storefront for applications for the device, similar to what Apple and Google have been doing with their platforms. However, unlike Apple, you will not depend on that store for your application needs; you are free to install from other sources.
Another important and so far unaddressed issue is the price of the device. Even though Colligan did not reveal the price of the Pre, he did provide some hints; apparently, Palm wants to have a 30% margin on the Pre. In addition, he stated that Sprint will make a significant investment, which could indicate the phone will be heavily subsidised.
On a sad note, Colligan also more or less shot the final bullet through the old Palm OS' head. Palm OS is officially past tense, after having been kept alive through a feeding tube for far too long. Palm will focus all its efforts on the new Web OS and its Windows Mobile phones.
He also downplayed the patent threat:
It's exactly what some of us had already seen coming: Palm holds a lot of patents Apple possibly infringes on, and Apple holds a lot of patents Palm could be infringing on. They would be out of their minds to sue each other.