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(prelim) Palm at CES: Expands Distribution, Showcases 3D, Flash and other Goodies...

Wed Jan 7, 2009 - 7:28 PM EST - By Annie Latham

Palm had a treo (er... trio) of attention getting announcements today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas.

>> Palm webOS Arrives on Verizon Wireless' Network With a Plus
Unique 3G Mobile Hotspot Feature Lets Customers Share with Up To Five Wi-Fi-Capable Devices

Today at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon Wireless and Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) announced the Jan. 25 availability of Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, bringing the Palm webOS experience to customers on the nation's largest and most reliable wireless 3G network. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

>> Palm Introduces 3D Games for webOS
Hot Game Titles from EA, Gameloft, Glu Mobile and Laminar Research Available Today in Palm App Catalog

3D gaming has landed on the Palm webOS platform. Today at CES, Palm introduced several graphics-intensive game titles for webOS, from leading game developers EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts Inc, Gameloft, Glu Mobile and Laminar Research. Demonstrated at Palm's CES event, the games will be available today in the Palm App Catalog for Palm Pre customers.

>> Palm Developer Program Now Open for Business
Company Demonstrates Developer Tools at CES, Pledges $1 Million for Palm webOS Developers

Palm also announced that the webOS developer program is now open. Any developer can now go to the Palm Developer Center (http://developer.palm.com), sign up, and start developing and distributing applications for webOS devices. Palm showcased its developer program and tools at CES and announced a $1 million developer Hot Apps bonus program for the rapidly growing Palm webOS developer community.

Some helpful links from the our sister site, PreCentral.net:

Coverage Palm's CES Event
Hands-on with Pre Plus and here.

Dieter Bohn wrote, "All we can say is that the Pre Plus seems to perform faster and better than the original Pre. Whether that's an effect of a clean, fresh device primed for demoing or a real indicator that the Pre Plus really deserves that Plus remains to be seen."

In Palm's Blog post, Jon Zilber pointed out the following:

"At today's event, Palm also demonstrated some of the additional options that developers will be able to leverage, including Flash content in the browser on a Palm Pre. Palm expects a free Adobe Flash Player 10.1 plug-in to be posted to the Palm App Catalog in the coming months and expects Palm webOS to be one of the first mobile platforms to include the full Flash Player in the web browser.

Finally, Palm demonstrated a new feature that all Palm webOS customers can look forward to: the ability to capture, edit, and share video. This functionality will be available via a free over-the-air software update."


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