The D: All Things Digital Conference kept attendees through the final session by scheduling a demo of the new Palm Pre as the very last event. The news is streaming online fast from this presentation today. A Fortune magazine article mentioned that if you plug a Pre into a Mac computer, it syncs seamlessly, with Apple’s iTunes. It is assumed that the Palm software and hardware configuration the iTunes Store treats the Pre just as it would an iPod or an iPhone except for Digital rights management songs and iPhone applications.
Third party programs that sync music with various non-Apple MP3 players — including the Palm Treo and 700p – have been available for some time. But team Pre has apparently built the necessary code right into the device’s firmware. Several members of the engineering team behind the Palm Pre previously were employed at Apple and worked on the original iPod.
Other reporters following the announcement at the D7 conference mentioned that the Palm Pre will be Twitter friendly. This is important since some people do not want to have a text plan to use twitter on a mobile phone. Eric Schonfield, a reported for tech Crunch, observed a demo of the Palm Pre at the D7 conference, and Twitter search was showcased as one of its universal search options (along with Google and other search engines). Other features shown in the demo included the ability to, download music over the air from the Amazon MP3 store, run multiple apps at the same time, and integrate third-party applications with other palm applications on the Palm Pre such as the calendar. For instance, The prensenter claimed that if you buy a movie ticket through a Fandango app, it can make an entry on your calendar. This has to be seen to be believed. Integrating applications from different vendors is very difficult.
The most interesting news bit coming out of the Palm pre buzz is the news that Verizon Wireless’ CEO said the largest US carrier will have the Palm Pre in about six months.