I love conspiracy theories too
1. This seems like a real possibility. Though really, I don't think anyone should be crying foul over not receiving 1.4.5 just yet (except maybe Pixi owners).. there really wasn't any noticable change .. at least none that I've readily noticed, but then again, I'm one of the non-official country Pre users! If there delays on a massive update - a la the jump from 1.1.2 to 1.4.1, then I could understand. Save yourselves some white hairs!!
2. To be honest, Touchstone was plagued with problems. Mine works intermittently, and really, the whole thing is a fad.. afterall, my Oral B toothbrush has the same technology!!!
3. I disagree with this one. Whilst the lacklustre sales from initial release of Pre / Pixi and rumors of building inventories may discourage carriers from fighting over exclusive rights, the fact is, with a name such as HP behind Palm, carriers will get comfort from the fact that build quality will more than triple and Palm has the resources to continue to develop innovative products.. Don't forget that HP has dropped that the next year we will see some "new and exciting products"... I'm sure that we'll see some features that are unlike anything we've ever seen before.. not just features that are built into the phone to keep palm in the game. I'm sure HP knows that Palm needs to be a game-changer in order to gain further on its pitiful marketshare!
4. I think Palm will follow the same ideals as Apple and try to release firmware for old devices as well as the newer devices, but rather, simply disable features that the old devices have no chance in running.
I honestly can't imagine the next few firmware releases requiring any big-jumps in hardware... The Pre/Pixi already do multitasking, which older iphones can't do... my guess is the next few releases will just be improvements to included PIM apps, improvememnts to the browser, access to APIs for devs and optimization of code to make things run smoother.. so i reckon Pre/Pixi owners should be safe for a while yet... of course tho, we'd miss out on video calling!!
No fragmentation on webOS!!