Some pretty big announcements hit today when Palm confirmed a few more features for webOS during The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference – namely Palm Media Sync, Twitter integration, and an App Catalog. Now, the big news is that Palm’s Media Sync will allow the Pre (and other WebOS devices) to sync with Apple’s iTunes out of the box. Will these, or any other features, in Palm’s webOS sway you over to the Pre?
Palm Media Sync
This was the big webOS feature announcement. The Pre will sync with iTunes, copying all audio and video files that are not copy-protected. It remains to be seen whether Apple will take any action and consider Palm as infringing on their intellectual property.
That’s not the only trick up Palm’s sleeve: the MP3 player will also include on-board support for Amazon’s own MP3 store, which features non-DRM audio. The audio files can be downloaded over-the-air directly from the device.
The Pre will also act as a USB mass-storage drive when plugged into your computer.
Twitter Universal Search Integration
Twitter search will be fully integrated into the webOS universal search. When you start typing, the Pre will use universal search to determine if you are looking for a contacts, an application, or search Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia, and Twitter.
When searching Twitter, webOS will sort through real-time current events and news feeds via Twitter. What’s interesting is you don’t have to have a Twitter account to benefit from the universal search integration. It’s available to all users, so anyone can search and receive real-time news or trends.
Palm App Catalog
It’s no real surprise that Palm would tout an App Catalog with the Pre launch. How this App Catalog will fare against the Apple’s App Store, the Android Marketplace, or any other device application store remains to be seen. The beta version will feature applications from developers such as AP News, Citysearch, Fandango, Pandora and uLocate.
There remains a great deal of excitement and anticipation over the Pre — albeit somewhat diminished now that the next-gen iPhone is also right around the corner. Will developers flock to design applications for Palm’s webOS?
So, do these announcements make you more interested in the Pre? Do you plan on getting one at launch? Sound off in the comments below.
The Palm Pre phone will be available from Sprint on June 6 for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and $100 mail-in rebate. More information is available at www.sprint.com/palmpre and www.palm.com.
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