February 17, 2009

Latest Palm Pre Video: A Glimpse Of Cloud Latency

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 12:25 pm

This new video that impressed everyone …

Palm Pre Video 02/15/2009

… provides a glimpse of possible Internet/Cloud Computing latency.

I’m surprised no one else noticed this!

He taps on the Conference item in his Calendar …


… and is brought to a blue-tabbed Event name (notice too lower-case n on name!) screen …


… look at Waiting on service… in the red highlight box I’ve added!

It then changes to an orange-tabbed Staff Meeting screen …


… where Waiting on service… persists as details begin to fill in …


… until all details are shown.

Will “Waiting on service” become a new meme after the Pre is released? Will “WOS” join WTF? and FTW in the list of three-letter Internet Abbreviations?

WWS! (We Will See!)



  1. If it will take that fast, we’ll be ok…

    Comment by Mahootzki — February 17, 2009 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  2. That is an interesting find, but I wonder if that’s just for “subscribed” calendars – for example, the Work calendar may be an Exchange server or a Google Calendar feed.

    So it will be interesting to see if there is a “local” calendar too… or if the cloud will make all data like that external?

    Comment by Jeff — February 17, 2009 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  3. I did notice that, and it caused me a bit of concern… I’d imagine that the proper implementation of a cloud sync’d calendar should behave like this:

    1) One opens the calendar and sees all calendar items previously sync’d or entered.
    2) A small but noticeable icon shows the time since the last sync with the cloud and a small animation shows that the cloud is being pinged to check for changes.
    3) Any changes found are instantly added to the calendar, and an animation or change in the status icon signals that the calendar is up to date.

    Now, all I can hope is that a) the demo device had been freshly ROM flashed and had not yet had a chance to sync with the cloud and that users typically won’t see this kind of WOS event every time we open our calendar, or b) this WOS event was due to some issues with unfinished code.

    My guess? WOS might be an occasional issue, but I can’t imagine Palm would allow a standard process flow that required one to experience cloud lag before every viewing of your calendar.

    Also, every time I see someone demo the Pre and there appears to be a failure of the device to respond to a finger interaction (happens in this vid and the browser demo vid) I get a little concerned. This thing needs to be smooth and uber responsive… No more WinMo slow-mo, please.

    Comment by Galt — February 17, 2009 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  4. …and the demo videos I was thinking of that showed some calendar lag (5 secs to filter down to a single calendar from an all view) and some instances of unresponsive (or laggy) touch are here:

    Comment by Galt — February 18, 2009 @ 12:53 am | Reply

  5. My advice don’t read too much into this, it maybe a waste of time.

    What are they trying to say when they refuse an analyst to even touch it.

    Is it just hype?

    Comment by AdamC — February 18, 2009 @ 2:13 am | Reply

  6. @Galt: Anything could be happening in those vids:

    1) Faulty touchscreen
    2) Nervous presenter
    3) Alpha hardware
    4) Pre running in demo mode for so long, the unfinished software got cloggy

    That doesn’t worry me. All other demos have been fine.

    @Jeff: Yes, probably for Cloud Calendars, but I don’t recall ever seeing that meesage pop up in a vid before. And given how craptastically some services I use are — YahooMail and FURL, for examples — I think WOS will be something I might become too familiar with. That’s not the Pre’s fault, though.

    Comment by mikecane — February 18, 2009 @ 10:55 am | Reply

  7. It would be nice to see this phone sync via the cloud, but this “loading” could just be the application and not be cloud syncing. I agree with Galt above about the cloud feature, you should see some sort of data connection taking place but there isnt anything in that top status bar.

    Comment by Palm Pre Geeks — February 23, 2009 @ 11:14 am | Reply

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