No more Palm OS devices from Palm, other details

Pre Central has posted Palm CEO Ed Colligan's talk with investors, revealing many interesting details. Amongst the most interesting of these is the fact that Palm will not release any more PalmOS devices after the Pre, and will concentrate on Windows Mobile and webOS. This no-more-PalmOS mantra does not include the Centro, being released by other carriers.

Palm has revealed other exciting news, such as the fact that the Pre will have an App Store at launch, as well as the ability to 'side-load' applications, either wirelessly or via USB. This is good news, and maybe other companies will follow suit. Colligan also talked about Pre's carrier exclusivity; North America will be sold on Bell Canada, Latin America will have multiple carriers and Europe is highly suspected to be Vodafone. However, for those not too happy about this, the Pre will be targeted for release on other carriers in 2010.

Lastly, Colligan talked about patents, stating Palm has 15 years worth of patents (around 1500) and happily mentioned there are currently no legal troubles with Apple. He also talked about patent fights between companies, saying, "The reason you do that is to have a defensive position. It's like two little porcupines going around, and you don't want to touch each other because you might get stung. You peacefully coexist and everything's OK and you keep working together. We're very respectful about people's intellectual property, we believe we're huge innovators and have been for a lot of years and that this product has an enormous number of innovations in it. If something does happen there, we do have the portfolio, we think to defend ourselves and to be successful doing that. But nothing's happened to date, so we're really just focused on getting the product out the door."

All this is good news for those waiting for a Pre, although if you want one on another carrier, you'll want to wait until next year.

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