February 19, 2009

Palm Pre Launcher Changes?

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 3:12 pm

I finally had a chance to watch the new twenty-six minute video those fellow maniacs at PreCommunity posted yesterday. It’s a great overview of the Palm Pre and is worth watching even if you’ve seen all the others several times by now.

One thing I noticed was a change from an earlier video I grabbed screensnaps from. The video was from USA Today (and I can’t find it now) and showed the second Launcher screen which at the time was a rare thing to see (it wasn’t shown in the big CES demo by Duarte).

The first Launcher screen:


Notice the different arrangement of icons! And it continues here too, on the second Launcher screen:


And what PreCommunity also revealed was a third Launcher screen, below:


This new icon arrangement could be due to any number of reasons. I just thought it was interesting that things have not stayed consistent.

And now that we’ve seen three Launcher screens, it makes me wonder just how many of them there can be.

Update: And for those who might have forgotten, this is what the Launcher screen looked like at the CES demo:




  1. I recall one of the videos stated that the launcher screen is highly customizable (similar to PalmOS screens) where one could move things around, add contacts, websites, etc.

    Comment by TreoKing — February 19, 2009 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  2. I remember reading that you can rearrange the icons on the launcher screens anyway you want, just like on the iPhone. However, the iPhone is limited to three screens and the Pre can have as many as you want.

    Comment by Mark Reid — February 19, 2009 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  3. I think they also said you could you have more than four rows of icons on a screen if you want and scroll down to see the rest, whereas the iPhone home screens don’t scroll down.

    Comment by Mark Reid — February 19, 2009 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  4. This is a good sign… if the icons are showing up in different places it means the OS is mature enough that customization is enabled and working. Remember when the Iphone was launched it only had one screen & you couldn’t rearrange icons.

    However the Iphone now supports 9 screens, with 16 icons to a screen. Pre should offer a tighter layout if desired.

    Comment by e2mtt — February 19, 2009 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  5. Mike – I’m thrilled that you are nuts about digging every scrap of info out of every frame of every video. Keep up the good work.

    I was excited to see the new icons (GPS settings, sounds and alerts, yay!), this all makes it more real to me. I didn’t really notice that the launcher screen has evolved or changed.

    Had we previously seen the screen swipe left or right from within the launcher to access another panel of launcher icons?

    Was that an app store icon (it looked like a shopping bag) on the panel that showed up when he swiped to the right that only had two icons? It is on this image:

    Do we know anything about the PalmID icon? Might it be that we create a PalmID to set up our billing method for the app store and have a centralized place from which we manage Synergy services?

    I wonder if Palm has a plan for either a desktop web portal or PC app that links your cloud data (via Synergy) to a Pre-ish desktop experience a-la Folio. I’d actually be really excited about that. Anyone else?

    Comment by Galt — February 20, 2009 @ 12:09 am | Reply

  6. @Galt: I don’t know what that icon is next to Amazon Music Store. Since PreCommunity shot the vid, maybe if they look at it on their ginormous monitors the title will be legible to them. They shot everything in HD, I believe (which my weak PC cannot handle).

    It will be interesting to see how icons can be rearranged and organized. Obviously most of the Palm reps have been given a demo routine to carefully adhere to and won’t allow us peons to personally molest a Pre by tapping on icons that might not yet lead to anything!

    Comment by mikecane — February 20, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

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