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Palm Foleo Delayed Until October? Nope.

Thu Aug 23, 2007 - 8:46 AM EDT - By Dieter Bohn


Update: We just heard back from Palm. They're sticking to a 'summer' release, they say. If that changes, they'll definitely let us all know. In other words - keep an eye out for the autumn equinox on Sept 23rd, the official end of summer.

The Foleo, Palm's "Mobile Companion" that many were also looking as as the first mass-market Linux subnotebook has apparently hit a snag, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg: "In a round of checks yesterday we learned that the Palm Foleo will be delayed,." Originally slated for a "Summer" release that may have hit the back-to-school crowd, Foleo hopeful were forced yesterday (an early rumored release date) to remind themselves that summer technically ends on the autumn equinox, Sept 23rd this year.

If true (TreoCentral is seeking confirmation from Palm), it caps off another bad couple of weeks for Palm - who faced yet more Treo 700 ROM update issues, a premature "pre-announcement" of what many consider a potentially disappointing Palm Centro, and a blunt Engadget editorial in which the writers there offered advice to Palm. Although Palm has already publicly stated it's pursuing goals much in line with Engadget's editorial, it was nevertheless a small blow to their image. A Foleo delay definitely doesn't help.

The delay is supposedly due to bugs in the software, especially the software that syncs with the Foleo: "in particular the nominally high-volume Treo 680," wrote Goldberg. TreoCentral's own sources confirm that there are definitely bugs in the software in several places, although the core functionality of the Foleo seems stable.

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