I’m back again. I was able to stop by the Sprint store and check out the Palm Pre Demo Unit. Check the youtube videos here…
After months of considering the usefulness of my TX now that I have a T-Mobile Dash, I decided to take the sell it. I also need the money to buy books for school and other projects that I will not name at this moment.
If you are interested in purchasing my Palm T|X, check out the ebay page here…
This has been my secret project for sometime. But after weeks of long and hard work, I’ve finally got it work somewhat smoothly. Music can be played in the background and the device moves much quicker than that of PocketTunes running. The 312MHz processor on the TX makes the visualization move smoothly as well. Being that the TX’s processor does not dynamically change like the UX’s HHE processor, Media Launcher is always running in 312MHz. I’ve only gotten the music part to work. The movie part does not work at all. Still need to work on it. But that this would be a nice addition for other Palm users and CLIE converts. Enjoy
1) Backup Palm T|X First
2) Download MediaLauncher for TX Fix
3) Extract MediaLauncherTXFix.prc file first. Copy to SD card then to Internal Memory using File Explorer. You can also Hotsync this file. Run this on your TX before installing other Media Launcher files!
4) Then proceed to copy the rest of the files to your SD card then to your Internal Memory using a File Explorer.
Do the steps in this order or it will not work!!
APRIL FOOLS DAY!!
This turned out to be a really great prank. Although I know I disheartened a lot of CLIE converts and regular Palm users, it was funny as hell.
I programmed this application using HB++.
The Graphic Progress Bar was provided by Dmitry’s ProgressBar Library.
The XP theme progress bar images were created by me.
It took me 3 hours since I got the idea, at 4PM on April Fools Day, to program, debug and release it. But it was worth it. I am still amazed how much conversation come out of it at 1src.
The reason is WiFi.
T-Mobile is quite possibly the only carrier in the US that pushes the ability for handhelds to have WiFi. If you look at their current line up of handhelds that aren’t Blackberry or Sidekick, you have all WiFi-based devices. Now you may be saying well the Sidekick and Blackberry don’t have WiFi. That’s true but the Blackberry still has more of a business presence than the Treo. The Treo may be used in corporate offices but not as widespread as the Blackberry. Now that leaves the Sidekick right. The Sidekick was a venture that T-Mobile was smart to grab. They saw early on that a communication device for teenagers to young adults was a key device to have. I had the first Sidekick and loved it even when it was Black & White; due to it was reliable much like the Blackberry is. But it was limited! Now Palm could easily replace the Sidekick and Blackberry, but due to Blackberry’s lead and limitation on applications, it is supposedly the better and more secure business solution. Having worked for a company that used T-Mobile and Cingular Blackberries, they definately don’t want to drop that. Don’t forget, T-Mobile is a GSM company meaning its bands work in other parts of the world unlike Sprint and Verizon.
The second reason I believe this is because of T-Mobile Hotspots. T-Mobile is on a mission to bring WiFi Hotspots to multiple cities and regions across the US and the World. So far they have 8,292 hotspots in the United States. While the hotspots are not as widespread as WAN networks such as EDGE and EVDO are, they provide much faster internet. Having looked at their hotspots page, they clearly push the mobile devices they offer for regular cell service for hotspot service as well…
Palm has to put this myth to rest about cellular companies not wanting WiFi in their cellphones due to it would take away from their data plans. There is clearly one company that wants it more than anything and stopped offering Treos after the 600.
T-Mobile has their low end non-data phones. Their mid-range (although expensive) Sidekick and lower-end Blackberries. They have their business-class Blackberries. They have merged their business-line with their mid-range line in introducing the MDA, the T-Mobile Dash and SDA all with WiFi.
I have a feeling that if Palm offered a WiFi Treo, T-Mobile would be one of the carriers to pick it up if not the first.
If Palm can experiment with a harddrive in a PDA, why not experiment with what they already know, WiFi, PDAs and cellphones.