Without a doubt, the biggest news from CES 2009 was Palm's announcement of the all-new Pre smartphone. The device itself seems to combine the aesthetics of an iPhone with the practical keyboard of a Blackberry in an original form factor that should make it stand out when it comes to market later this year. More significant than the hardware, though, is the revamped webOS that powers the Palm Pre. Check treocentral.com's great coverage here.
In addition to state-of-the-art graphics and better multi-tasking capabilities, Palm's webOS features a technology they call Synergy. The big idea behind Synergy is that it pulls information you have from different sources into one, easy-to-access place - in this case, your Palm Pre. How does it work? Take contacts, for example. You may have contacts on Google Gmail and Facebook, but webOS brings all that information into your address book automatically. Anytime one of your friends changes their picture, email address, or phone number on their Facebook profile, that information gets updated in your address book automatically, so you don't have to manually edit such details. Synergy is intelligent because it also makes sure this information isn't duplicated in the form of redundant contacts.
The idea behind webOS and Synergy is both powerful and forward-thinking. The foundation of Palm's new OS is tied to the content you have on the web. Managing information in the cloud means that the information you need is always accessible and up to date, wherever you are. And you never have to think about it. It's just there and it just works.
We look forward to trying the Palm Pre out for ourselves. While you can access Box.net on the Pre's great Webkit-based browser, you can bet we'll find a way to put the Box app on it!
Post by Sean Lindo, Community Manager