Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Cobalt has been spotted at Devcon! What does that mean to you?



Firstly, I would like to say this info is from a PIC article here. They really got the scoop on this one. I'll summarize the story here.

Now, the device was developed by Oswin, and will be shipped to OEMs for mass production. It is somewhat similar to a Treo, as it is a Smartphone, and has a camera. One rather large downside is that its screen is only 240x320, and there is no keyboard. The upside is that because it is a POS PDA, Graffiti can be used for text input.

As PIC says, this is unlikely to be a Treo killer because of its lack of a keyboard, but also because it has a smaller, lower resolution screen, and runs a new operating system, which may or may not make it easier to use. It has a miniSD slot, which is needed, but most would likely prefer a full sized card slot.

Regardless of how it compares to the treo, it will still be a good smartphone, as touchscreens are hard to come by in this genre. The camera is a good feature for a high end smartphone, but we'll just have to see how the device turns out.

What do you think? Is this going to be a successfull smartphone, or dead in the water?

15 Comments:

Blogger Tom Frauenhofer said...

I got to see/hold one of these babies at the DevCon - as you can see in the picture it's quite small.

The advantage for supporting Cobalt right now is to get a head start on Palm OS for Linux. The demo of Palm OS for Linux showed a Linux-based test board running a Cobalt app that had been recompiled from the original Cobalt source without any changes to the source. The API's that the programmers care about are enough to insulate the programmers from the changes underneath the Cobalt layer (actually, the project to port the Cobalt UI's to Linux is called "Project Rome" by the PalmSource folks). Given the state that we could see in the demo I think that the timeframes they gave are realistic, namely, mid-2006 for shipping to hardware vendors.

(BTW, GSPDA also restated their intention to ship a Cobalt phone by the end of the year.)

I think that PalmSource is on a realistic path to the market now, and that they have a good focus on what they can and cannot deliver.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Mitchell Rusk said...

WHY? 320X240? all the programs will have to be made just for that device to use them. (unless 160X160 work) this is way to PPC like to have 320X240.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

Keyboard-based text input is not very important on cell phones. If priced correctly, this is (at last) the low end Palm OS cellphone.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
but who tells us that they will price it correctly??
Best regards
Tam Hanna

1:24 PM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

I don't know if they will price it correctly. But surely it couldn't be as padly priced as the Treo 650. Here in Canada, it's $550 with a three year contract to a terrible cell network.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Brad Green said...

Ooh, thats harsh. Maybe because it looks more like a phone they will treat it more like one.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
three years indeed is a bit crazy! Altough you may know my oppinion about carriers and contracts(1year is ok for me), three years is a bit stall for a phone!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

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