In a few moments, we will see the fruits of the Palm team's many months of labour, and the Palm fan's answer to what the Post-Treo revolution looks like. Updates as they come.
It's a lot for them to live up to, but we're resetting our expectations and approaching the lagging company's new model line with an open mind.
We're guessing we'll see a brand new phone, perhaps running the new OS, but who knows. What we do know so far is that Palm is rumoured to announce a touchscreen slider running the Nova operating system, that according to descriptions, is squarish in appearance.
Palm first announced plans to release a new operating system back in May 2007, but they've delayed it so many times, I'm halfway convinced this event is just to announce they're delaying it again.
10:40 AM: This event has a more epic feel than the average CES press conference. I've already seen a lot of recognisable faces around here, including the omnipresent Robert Scoble. As someone said nearby, "it feels Apple-y."
10:45 AM: I'm getting the feeling that Palm is trying to seduce us with the romantic mood lighting, mellow music, and abundance of Vitamin Water. Is this their attempt at a reality distortion field?
10:55 AM: Not a lot going on right now, but Palm's product marketing manager is talking big game about the upcoming announcements (in vague terms, of course). She says we should be pleased.
11:01 AM: Event starting. Jon Rubenstein is talking about how he used to work at Apple. Then he packed up and moved to Mexico.
11:04 AM: Rubenstein says that mobile devices are the next wave of technology. This might be the obvious statement of the day.
11:06 AM: Jon Rubenstein has just brought Palm CEO Ed Colligan up to the stage.
11:07 AM: Colligan says lifestyle and usability is more important to Palm than raw features and "buttons". Talking about the instant on capability of the original Palm Pilot as an example. He wants to try and make the technology "invisible".
"Mobile is in our DNA. We don't do computers, we don't do refrigerators or set top boxes. We do mobile."
11:08 AM: It's interesting how Palm has to resell itself today, but is reaching back to its roots. In contrast, Jobs believes that looking back means being crushed.
11:10 AM: Colligan says he has a new twist on the same product. Talking about how we use so many websites and our data is all over the place. Smartphones let you browse that information, but they don't make it easy to access it. Simplicity seems to be the overarching theme here.
Colligan suggests it would be cool if we could seamlessly have our images from Facebook show up in the same place as our email and calendars.
11:14 AM: The whole new Palm OS is built with developers in mind. Developing apps, Colligan claims, is so easy.
New device coming now!! It's called the Palm Pre.