Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th May 2009 17:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a whole boatload of rumours, Twitter posts, and what not, we finally have an official release date for Palm's Pre, the phone and platform that is supposed to save Palm from a fairly certain doom. Sprint, Palm's partner announced the release date, pricing information, and plans today, with Palm's official blog following soon after.
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RE: Hope it fails
by sardaukar on Tue 19th May 2009 22:06 UTC in reply to "Hope it fails"
sardaukar
Member since:
2006-05-09

The apps ARE native. Just like ARM processors have Jazelle technology to run Java bytecode as native, this new ARM processor powering the Pre does the same for Javascript IMO - it's impossible to be this fast and do multi-tasking without it. It's a clever move, and ahead of it's time. Besides, it's Javascript! Everyone and their dogs will be able to code for it, there are millions of coders out there well versed in JS and CSS and that do not want to learn Obj-C and get a Mac to code for the iPhone, which is getting saturated already, and can not do multi-tasking or have access to something as powerful as Synergy looks like in paper.

Open your mind - this is the future of software development on smartphones. Cross-vendor web frameworks are already sprouting up for iPhone, Symbian and Android. This is going to be all that, well done.

Palm has proven it can take a broken Apple design (Newton) and improve on it (the Pilot) once. I believe they can succeed now as well.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

We'll have to see how well the sandbox is implemented. Most security concious folk are looking for ways to drop javascript and similar local side execution languages.

Palm better be putting attention into the sandbox otherwise every program becomes a chance to break in.. well, that and every website viewed.

On the up side, someone will figure out how to get an ssh connection into the phone and open up that yummy OS underneath the browser interface.

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sardaukar Member since:
2006-05-09

It's Linux ;) good luck with tampering with that one. I hear it's pretty hard.

Seriously now, Google also screwed up with root shell echoes and so on... I'm sure there will be a period of adaptation, and after all it's a 1.0 .But being Linux based grants it a lot of credibility - for me, at least.

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