Palm, Inc. has promised that the Palm Pre will eventually get support for playing Flash video, but some leaked images of this phone show that it may come with a YouTube application.
This is a good indication that Palm is going to solve the problem of Flash support the way several other device makers have: by creating a stand-alone application for playing one of the most popular video sites. HTC’s Windows phones come with a dedicated YouTube player and so does the Android-based T-Mobile G1.
Full Flash Support IS Coming
In February, Palm joined Adobe Systems’ Open Screen Project – a broad industry initiative dedicated to enabling the Adobe Flash Platform on a wide variety of devices, from phones to televisions.
“We’re aiming to bring a rich, Flash technology-enabled browsing experience to Palm’s impressive web browser,” said Michele Turner, vice president for Product Marketing, Flash Platform Business Unit at Adobe.
However, this doesn’t mean the Pre will have full Flash support on the day it is released. Adobe’s Flash Player for smartphones isn’t expected to be available until the end of 2009. This is why a stand-along YouTube player is necessary.
An Overview of the Palm Pre
The Palm Pre will be the first device to use Palm’s newly-announced webOS. This will be a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook.
The Pre itself will feature a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device will also be equipped with 8 GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
In the U.S. the Pre will be available first from Sprint, who will add its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. The launch day hasn’t been announced, but unconfirmed reports say it could debut on on May 17.
The GSM version for Europe and Latin America may debut later this year, and will have the 3G standard HSDPA.