Palm Reports Q2 FY07 Results

“Palm, Inc. today reported revenue of $392.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2007, ended Dec. 1. Smartphone sell-through for the period totaled a company record-high 617,000 units, up 42 percent year over year and up 8 percent sequentially. Net income in the fiscal quarter totaled $12.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. Net income included stock-based compensation expense of $6.5 million and amortization of intangible assets of $0.3 million. This compares to net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 of $260.9 million, or $2.51 per diluted share. The second quarter of fiscal year 2006 net income reflected the effect of a partial reversal of a deferred tax-asset valuation allowance of $226.3 million. Net income for the quarter, on a non-GAAP basis, totaled $17.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, excluding stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets, and adjusting the income tax provision to 40 percent. This compares to non-GAAP net income in the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 of $24.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, excluding the effects of restructuring charges, amortization of intangible assets and deferred stock-based compensation, the related income tax provision, and the partial reversal of Palm’s valuation allowance against its deferred tax asset. “We are pleased to report strong Treo sell-through this quarter, which is one of the most important metrics. More customers throughout the world bought Treo smartphones than ever before,” said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer. “In addition, we accomplished a number of strategic objectives during the quarter: shipping two new Treo models to expand both geographically and demographically, securing perpetual rights to the Palm OS source code, and diversifying our manufacturing partners to strengthen our cost position and our product pipeline.” Read more here:

Review of GSM handset Samsung D840

“The display installed in this model is great (basically the same unit is found in the D900), it has QVGA resolution (240×320 pixels, 33×44 mm), diagonal is 2.1 inches. Display is able to show up to 262k colors (TFT), which are lively and colorful. Up to 8 text lines can fit it, with 4 lines reserved for service needs. This model is clearly superior over Nokia 6233 and Sony Ericsson K800i in terms of display. In some modes it is possible to display up to 12 text lines. Information stays readable outdoors.” Read more here:

Samsung Launches the World’s First ‘Optical Joystick’ Phone

“Samsung Electronics , a leading provider and innovator of mobile phones, launches the world’s first mobile phone featuring a n optical joystick for a whole new mobile experience. Samsung ‘s latest ‘Optical Joystick’ Phone (Model: SCH-V960 ) is suited with the latest technology that may revolutionize the way users interact with the menu and user interface of mobile handsets. Users utilize the optical joystick key by placing their finger and moving a cursor to navigate through the menu, similar to a cursor of a mouse on a PC .Optical sensors will read and react to users’ finger movement, thus breaking down the traditional four-way menu navigation and providing 360 degrees of freedom. The familiarity and free movement of the V960’s Optica l Joystick will result in quick and hassle-free menu navigation. Users can point the cursor and click directly on icons on MyScreen, similar interface to that on a PC environment, and gain direct access to frequently used menus such as photo album, messaging, and music menu. Users can also use the Optical Joystick to easily scroll through the play list while listening to their music.Through an illumination sensor, the Samsung V960 also includes a ‘Smart Lighting’ feature that automatically controls the brightness of the LCD screen and keypad. By using the ‘Smart Lighting’ feature, users are protected from eye strain and will minimize power consumption for increased efficiency. In addition, the V960 also supports a 2 megapixel camera, GPS and Bluetooth ® function. Kitae Lee, P resident of Samsung’s Telecommunication and Network Business said, “As the importance of user-friendly interface increases, Samsung is researching and developing methods that enhances intuitive use of mobile phones. Samsung will continue to combine innovative idea and the latest technology that will benefit our end users.”” The V960 will be launched in the Korean market at the end of December. SCH-V960 Phone Specification Standard CDMA 2000 1X EVDO Camera 2 Megapixel Camera Display 2.12” 240×320 262K Color TFT Features Optical Joystick MP3 / VOD / MOD Illumination sensor Bluetooth® / USB Document Viewer Memory microSD external memory Size 97 x 47.5 x 18.6 mm Weight 102g* Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Pocket Tunes 4 Review for Palm OS

“Upon launching the new pTunes you’re greeted by the gorgeous new sleek interface, which features new displays and controls in alluring dark blue tones and – finally! – album art. It’s a welcome and much-needed improvement over the cluttered and, well, ugly High Fidelity interface of pTunes 3 and gives the program a much more modern feel. Along the top of the screen, we have the Pocket Tunes logo, time and battery indicators; tapping here will bring up additional menus. Below is the new simplified song information area, which displays title, artist and album, along with a small thumbnail of the album art. Poke the thumbnail with your finger, or press ‘W’ on the Treo keyboard and it will display the art in full screen. Tapping any part of the song info or pressing ‘I’ will bring up the more detailed ID3 tag information. Album art is displayed here as well. It’s disappointing that there’s still no built-in support for tag editing; I’m always noticing files with screwed-up tags that I’d love to be able to fix when I spot them. You’ll still need a third-party app like TagEditor for this.” Read more about this GREAT player here: