Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

I'll be liveblogging an interview of Jon Rubinstein in a few minutes, from All Things D. They're promising some important news never seen or heard of even in rumors.

Archive below:

3:24 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Jon Rubinstein and Roger McNamee are on stage. McNamee is known for making bold statements in regards to the competitive relationship between the iPhone and the Palm. He says its going to make everyone drop the iPhone and buy a Pre.

3:27 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive



Jon says that he was retired from Apple when Palm approached him. "It's so rare to be able to start from new products."

3:29 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Walt: What are you doing differently at Palm that you did not do at Apple?

3:29 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
They're doing a demo. It's stuff we've seen before. He's showing off cards, which are like processes or programs or windows. That can be switched between. This is how you manage multitasking on the Pre.

3:31 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:33 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
The Amazon Store:

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:34 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Here is our Pre guide and the original liveblog.

3:35 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
iTunes Syncing!

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:36 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
The pre shows up as an ipod. Is Rubinstein using his previous knowledge from being an iPod engineering lead to connect this? "They're practically a monopolist."
Kara: Is Apple open to this? Jon: I can't see why they wouldn't be.

3:38 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
The Pre mounts as mass storage, so you can presumably import songs from the USB mounted drive to iTunes, and obviously you can manage the songs from iTunes to the Pre.

3:40 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
The Palm Pre App store. They're going to have a dozen apps in the store at launch. Roger says at 4:20, they'll get more apps. (Major stoner, I love this guy.)

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:41 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
The Palm Pre App store. They're going to have a dozen apps in the store at launch. Roger says at 4:20, they'll get more apps. (Major stoner, I love this guy.)

3:41 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:41 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
apps stay on the device, iTunes won't manage (obviously) apps.

3:43 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
He's demoing fandango app. It integrates with location awareness and works with the calendar.

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:43 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:45 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Twitter integration:

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:48 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

3:50 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Roger: The Pre is for people who use the web a lot and care about data syncing in the cloud. There is a mirror on the back "Why wouldn't you want to make a phone for women." Kara, raises an eyebrow, "only women need mirrors?"

3:51 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Roger on exaggeration, that he's not the only one. "Nokia told you they had flash. They have flash light"
3:51 PM ON MAY 28 2009

B. Lam:
Jon: I think there's a variety of people who want a real keyboard. Surprisingly, the crowd applauds.

3:54 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Walt: Can a developer put a virtual keyboard on the Pre? Jon: I don't know why you'd want to, nothing's stopping them. Roger: Well, if you have four hands.
Mossberg pretends to put on his make up using the Pre's mirror back, as Kara chides Roger for his previous statement about women needing mirrors. Roger says the segment is under served. Tech is aimed at testosterone ladden men, he says. The iPhone has a feel, its a bit large in your pocket, he says. "The Palm Pre has a Different Feel"

4:00 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Walt asks why they're days away from the launch and they haven't released the SDK. Jon says they're moving forward in steps. Fair enough. The iPhone's true SDK didn't come out for quite some time. Walt asks: Why, if its so easy to program for, why isn't it out there? Roger: Because there are limitations to what you can do with a new venture. "We don't want to push it out there until its close to being right and then have people help us get it completely right."

4:01 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Walt is asking him about supply problems and rebate issues. Basically, he's asking, where can we get these phones? Jon agrees there will be shortages, but provides no real answers to the question.

4:03 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
"Maybe it's awkward." Roger on the Pre working with iTunes.

4:03 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
Walt jokes, is there a special line for iPhone converts? Roger: Of course, the line wraps around uranus.
Question from the crowd: Will the GSM version be coming soon? In a few months, says Jon.
Walt: Is Verizon getting it? Jon: We love Sprint, I can't comment on unannounced comments. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A YES TO ME.

4:12 PM ON MAY 28 2009
B. Lam:
I think we're wrapping up in the liveblog, but check the front page for more.