01/10/2009, 06:37 AM
We know that there is no intention of supporting desktop sync (beyond the device acting as a mass storage device and you syncing your music and stuff as you would with any mass storage device) but...
Like the iPhone (when synced with Apple's MobileMe
service) and the G1, the Pre is designed to sync not to your desktop or laptop, but to the Web. That includes not just whatever service Palm will offer (the Web OS developer sitting behind me during Palm's demonstration wouldn't say what that might be)
, but also such popular Web services as Google
My guess here is that there will be a palm desktop of sorts - but it will be an online yearly fee job. I also think that's the model that other developers will follow for anything that needs a sync - you get the app for free and then pay for the on-line storage. This makes more sense from a business point of view, instead of selling an app once, you get to charge people every year.
If palm is *really* sensible - the developer partners online apps will be handed via them and a single gateway - so if you want splash id, you sign up via the palm website and so on - it all bolts-on.
With the paradigm shift that this phone represents, it doesn't make sense for palm (and certainly not to spirit) to let people develop apps that need a desktop sync because it, for wont of a better word, breaks the concept (and doesn't rack up data charges for the carriers or convince you to take an unlimited plan).