Palm Advances Mobile Computing with Its First Mobile Companion Product

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Palm Advances Mobile Computing with Its First Mobile Companion
Product

Foleo Mobile Companion Brings Large Screen and Full
-
size Keyboard to Smartphones

CARLSBAD, CA


May 30, 2007



Building on its vision that the future of personal computing is
mobile
computing, Palm, Inc., today announced the Palm
®

Foleo
TM
, its first smartphone
companion product. The Foleo mobile companion has a large screen and full
-
size keyboard with
which to view and edit email and office documents residing on a smartphone. Edits m
ade on
Foleo automatically are reflected on its paired smartphone and vice versa. Foleo and its paired
smartphone stay synchronized throughout the day or at the touch of a button. This powerful
combination is for productivity
-
minded business people who wan
t a more complete mobile
solution for email, attachments and access to the web.

The Foleo mobile companion turns on and off instantly and features fast navigation, a compact
and elegant design, and a battery that lasts up to 5 hours of use. Its application
s include email,
full
-
screen web browser, and editors or viewers for common business documents such as Word,
Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files. The Foleo stays synchronized via Bluetooth(R) wireless
technology and uses the smartphone's radio or the Foleo's b
uilt
-
in Wi
-
Fi radio for general
Internet connectivity.

"Foleo is the most exciting product I have ever worked on," said Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm,
Inc. and the visionary behind the Foleo's concept and definition. "Smartphones will be the most
prevalen
t personal computers on the planet, ultimately able to do everything that desktop
computers can do. However, there are times when people need a large screen and full
-
size
keyboard. As smartphones get smaller, this need increases. The Foleo completes the pi
cture,
creating a mobile
-
computing system that sets a new standard in simplicity."

Foleo mobile companions work with Palm's Treo
TM

smartphones (Palm OS
®

and Windows
Mobile
®

versions). However, Palm believes that most smartphones based on Windows Mobile
s
hould work with little or no modification. Smartphones based on operating systems from
Research in Motion, Apple, and Symbian likely can be supported with a modest software effort.
The Foleo's synchronization architecture is open, and Palm expects to work
with third
-
party
developers to support as many smartphones as possible.

"As we did with the PalmPilot more than a decade ago, and more recently with the Treo
smartphone, Palm is driving innovation and capitalizing on emerging opportunities in mobile
compu
ting, a market full of potential," said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer of
Palm, Inc. "The Palm Foleo represents our first product in a new line of solutions that will
redefine how people work while away from their desks. It starts today

with a focus on wireless
email, and we expect the Foleo to grow in features and expand its capabilities as the platform
grows."

Skyrocketing use of mobile email creates demand for a new way of mobile computing. By the
end of 2007, an estimated 24.2 milli
on wireless email accounts will be in use worldwide, and by
2010 wireless email accounts will soar to 199 million. The rapid growth of smartphone sales,
the faster speeds of wireless networks, and the increasing digitization of content make this the
right
time for the introduction of Palm's first mobile companion product.

Although designed primarily as a companion to a mobile phone, Foleo is a powerful computer
on its own. Its Linux
-
based operating system and built
-
in Wi
-
Fi radio make it easy for
developer
s to create new applications that can be installed with a single click in the browser.
The Foleo has a USB port, video
-
out port, headphone jack, and slots for SD and compact flash
cards for memory expansion. This combination of capabilities in a low
-
cost d
esign is new in the
industry. Palm has opened its design and is actively supporting third
-
party software developers.

Primary Capabilities and Attributes of the Foleo Mobile Companion

--

One
-
button access to full
-
screen email

--

Instant on, instant off

--

Rapid access to various applications

--

10
-
inch screen and full
-
size keyboard

--

Web search and browsing via Bluetooth or Wi
-
Fi

--

Editors for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus a PDF viewer

--

Compact, stylish design that fits on an airline tray tabl
e

--

Lightweight at 2.5 pounds

--

Fast, simple and intuitive navigation

--

5
-
hour battery life

--

Linux OS for easy application development

Wireless Email on the Big Screen

Email users have become increasingly dependent on smartphones to remain conne
cted and
productive.

Drawing on Palm's world
-
class usability and responsiveness, the Foleo mobile companion gives
Palm OS and Windows Mobile based smartphone customers more power and flexibility while
retaining the most
-
loved features of the Treo smartpho
ne. For example, customers open the
Foleo, press a button, and it turns on instantly. There is never a delay or boot
-
up time. A
dedicated button provides access to email. All work is saved, so there is no need to close
applications or take actions in order

to save files. When the Foleo is turned on again, it resumes
where the user left off.

New users follow a simple process to pair a Foleo with their smartphone. From then on, email
stays synchronized on both devices.

Web Browsing

It is easy to view the w
eb through built
-
in Bluetooth and Wi
-
Fi radios, using the Opera browser.
Using Bluetooth, a Treo smartphone acts as a wireless modem for the Foleo. Alternatively,
customers can use the Foleo mobile companion's built
-
in Wi
-
Fi for fast web browsing anywhere
Wi
-
Fi is available, including more than 50,000 hot spots open to the public in the United
States.(3)

Attachments To Go

The Foleo mobile companion also supports the most popular types of attachments. As on the
Treo smartphone, the mobile companion uses a
version of Documents To Go(R) customized by
DataViz(R). People can create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint compatible documents. The
Foleo also includes a Palm
-
developed PDF reader.

Mobile professionals will find that just as their smartphones are idea
l for use while on the move,
the Foleo mobile companion is a perfect fit for use while commuting by mass transit, in
meetings or on business trips. The mobile companion's size is ideal for working from an airplane
seat, and its instant on/off capability ma
kes it easy to comply with flight restrictions on
electronics.

Elegant and Thoughtful Design

The Foleo mobile companion's hardware design features elegantly clean lines and forgoes
excessive latches and connectors. An innovative scroll wheel, clever forw
ard and back buttons,
and a convenient track point enable easy navigation without requiring the user's hands leave
the full
-
size keyboard.

By building the Foleo on an open Linux
-
based software platform, Palm hopes to replicate earlier
success with develop
ers by drawing a large community to create new applications that will
extend the mobile companion's capabilities. Palm already has partnered with DataViz and Opera
Software, demonstrating the ease with which exciting technology and applications can be
port
ed to the Foleo mobile companion. Palm also will produce tools to allow smartphone
manufacturers to make devices compatible with the Foleo mobile companion.

Foleo Pricing and Availability

U.S. availability for the Palm Foleo mobile companion will begin t
his summer. The price of the
Foleo mobile companion is expected to be $499 after an introductory $100 rebate. For more
information on the Foleo mobile companion, please visit
www.palm.com/seefoleo
. T
o sign up
for notification about Foleo availability, please visit
www.palm.com/foleonotify
.

About Palm, Inc.


Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in pe
ople's
hands so they can access and share their most important information from anywhere. The
company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm
®

Treo
TM

smartphones, Palm Foleo
TM

mobile companions and Palm handheld computers
, as well as
software, services and accessories.

Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels
throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores
(
http://www.palm.com/store
).