smartphone was defined by palm initially, as a "phone that can run other apps".
Since then, all the smartphones are doing exactly the same thing,
all the smartphone's operational structure are the same: app launchers that are fundamentally single tasking. i.e. user needs to terminate one task to operate another one.Yes, sadly, no improvement over the years. Even so called iPhone, G1, and such, are just that, Glorified App launchers.
on 1/9/2009, first day of CES. Palm is back with another revolution in smartphone.
It creates a WebOS that are truly Multitasking, Task centric, just as a desktop OS. Its leap and bound ahead of anythingg else in the market. It simplify people's life, allow continuous work flow in all tasks people are handling everyday, no need to quit one app to open another, no need to try to find contact of same person from different sources, no need to go into different email account again and again..
This is remarkable achievement of PALM, and this is leading smartphone into a real land of empowering people.
Check out the review from ars, which I think touched the fundamental core of the Pre
By ditching the app + window paradigm (which the iPhone still essentially uses) in favor of a card paradigm, Palm was able to invent a truly task-based interface that lets you use the interface to do things, instead of using apps to do things.
Palm's webOS does not presume any sort of tether at all. The company has totally ditched the idea that you will use this phone in conjunction with a specific "main PC" that contains the canonical, authoritative repository of your data. Instead, webOS draws seamlessly on a variety of data services—not data repositories, but cloud-based services that actively feed the device both data and critical context.This is a deep, fundamental break with both the iPhone and previous, repository-based smartphone usage models, and it's important enough that other smartphones are bound to follow.
The full length keynote of Palm at CES can be downloaded here (377MB)