I’m in San Diego today at the Palm Developer Summit. Palm has invited its top developers here for a series of meetings coinciding with Palm’s annual worldwide sales conference. Other developers attending include our friends DataViz, Astraware, Handmark, and our Los Gatos neighbors Mark Space. There were good presentations today about Palm’s much improved developer programs, the new MyPalm customer portal, and the Foleo.
The highlight for me, however, was an excellent presentation by my old colleague Stephane Maes about new smartphones Palm is working on. I can’t reveal details due to NDA agreements, but I’m excited to see Palm bringing out some new phones that look and feel different than recent Treo models, and I think these new releases will be well received by wireless carriers and reach a lot of new users, much like the Motorola Q and BlackBerry Pearl have expanded the smartphone market with their appealing designs and low price points. Of course, the phone that might really expand the smartphone category is the Apple iPhone, which is a hot topic here at the conference. If only Apple would be as developer-friendly as Palm is!