OK, no idea how true this is or not, but here’s what we know. PreThinking stumbled on to some Twitter updates from Jim Van, who claims to be a Palm Pre beta tester. I’d think that anyone testing the new device or the webOS software would be under a strict NDA, but who knows? Here are some of the relevant tweets indicating some user experiences and a planned release date of April 30th:
- Got Pre to work on Twitter, but it’s a tad cludgy…#Palm Pre
- Sprint claims that 4/30 is a line in the sand, according to my acct mgr there…he’s usually right on #Palm Pre
- UI is VERY clean, well thought out, made for fingers. Somebody used their brains on the design. Palm’s always been cool like that
- Just used browser to remote in and play on our doc server..almost like computing w/out kbd…loaded word doc quickly..nice #Palm Pre
There aren’t any pics yet to support the tweets, so this could all be rumor. I’m leaning towards not a rumor, because the Twitter account profile links to Logicomm, an I.T. support shop in Providence, R.I. Although anything is possible, Mr. Van is a partner in the business, so the company’s rep is on the line. Put another way: I wouldn’t want to give my company a black eye by tweeting false, hyped information.
Even if valid, I’m still surprised that Mr. Van isn’t under an NDA. Unless, of course, Palm wants this info leaked. Perhaps that’s the case, because I just found out today that Palm isn’t one of the exhibitors at CTIA. Sprint, of course, will be there, but that doesn’t mean the Pre will. Perhaps we’ve seen all there is to see up until the launch? Well, maybe not; that all depends on Mr. Van and his camera now, doesn’t it?