Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus Debut
Meanwhile, also at CES, Verizon Wireless and Palm announced the Jan. 25 availability of Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, bringing the Palm WebOS experience to the Verizon 3G network. Palm Pre Plus has a large, vivid touch screen; high-performance processor; and slide-out keyboard. The Pre Plus keyboard makes for quick and easy typing, while the unique gesture area provides a sleek look and intuitive navigation, Palm said. The Pre Plus also comes with the Palm Touchstone Back Cover, making the phone compatible with the inductive Touchstone Charging Dock. Verizon Wireless Pre Plus customers will also get 16GB of storage for applications and media."The companies also introduced Palm mobile hotspot, a Palm WebOS app that turns your Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus into a mobile Wi-Fi router," Zilber said. "The app provides wireless broadband access for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Palm mobile hotspot will be available in the Palm App Catalog for Verizon Wireless customers." Zilber added that another carrier will soon be bringing WebOS phones to its customers: Palm and SFR announced the availability of Palm WebOS phones in France in the second quarter of 2010. "The Palm experience is all about helping our customers stay connected so they never miss a thing," said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and CEO, in a statement. "We're constantly enriching this experience with new features and innovations. The Verizon Wireless launch of Pre Plus and Pixi Plus is the next phase in delivering this unique Palm experience to more people." "The Palm WebOS family is a great addition to Verizon Wireless' robust lineup of smartphones," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, in a statement. "The outstanding capabilities and functionalities on both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus give customers a wealth of customization options to help them manage their lives. Customers get the latest technology from Palm along with the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network for an unsurpassed mobile experience." In another strategic move, Palm announced at CES that several new 3D game titles are available for the WebOS platform, including games from leading game developers EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts; Gameloft; Glu Mobile; and Laminar Research.
The thin and lightweight Palm Pixi Plus adds Wi-Fi along with an optional splash of color, thanks to new Touchstone Back Covers available in pink, blue, green, orange and black for all Palm Pixi phones, said Jon Zilber, Palm's online communications director, in a blog post.