A member of Elevation Partners (a.k.a Palm’s financial life support system) let slip during an interview two very cool features of WebOS, the software which will power Palm’s upcoming Pre handset.
But better than that, it does stuff for you. So when you wake up in the morning, it has taken your calendar (if you ask it to) and downloaded the maps for your whole day, it’s downloaded the Wikipedias for the people you’re going to visit and the companies you’re going to see… Why is it on PCs you have to go and do all that?
And when you’re late – get this – when you’re late it — remember, this things has GPS, it has a clock, and it has your calendar. So it not only knows where you are, it knows where you’re supposed to be and when, and so when it realizes you’re going to be late, it says “Hey, not only are you going to be late, but I can take care of it for you. I’ll send an email to your assistant or to the people in the meeting, which would you prefer? And oh, by the way, here’s the map.” To us, this is the beginning of a new wave.
Wowee. We saw the gist of WebOS in their press conference at CES, but no doubt there will be more than a few more surprises before (and during) launch. Beyond that, the interview is great for going over the shortcomings of iPhone and BlackBerry in comparison to the new Palm Pre.