Business News Network: First, I was on TV again! BNN called me for a 7-ish minute hit on what the Surface announcement meant to Microsoft's future. The interview was with Amanda Lang, and we also touched on the Palm announcement, plus some thoughts on HP and Dell. The interview can be found here, and you get bonus points if you hold in your laughter when the earpiece comes out of my ear. I love the uncertainty of live television, and I love doing BNN interviews, because their anchors have written the book on interview technique and style. I learn something new every time I'm privileged enough to work with them.
InformationWeek: I did a Palm-focused interview by e-mail with editor Richard Martin. His piece, Palm's Foleo Fails to Wow Followers, published today. He quoted me as follows:
Carmi Levy, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group, is less dismissive: "By increasing the size of the device to accommodate a larger screen, Palm can potentially bring more satisfying online and multimedia experiences to the mobile user," Levy comments in an e-mail. Indeed, there's a whole class of potential users of mobile e-mail who have been turned off by the thumb-typing experience who may find the Treo, with its companion Foleo, more amenable. Another plus: the Foleo comes with a Wi-Fi connection, making it in combination with the Treo a dual-mode device of the sort many observers have been awaiting.TheStreet.com: Staff Reporter Priya Ganapati interviewed me for comment on the Palm device. She ended the piece, Palm, New Device Out of Touch, with my quote (I love when I get last quote...it suits my endless need to have the last word.) Here's what I said:
What the new device doesn't do is address Palm's most glaring current weakness: "Despite all the hype surrounding the announcement of new hardware," says Levy, "the key to success remains the operating system, developer support, and carrier support."
Palm has promised a new Linux-based operating system for the Treo by year's end, with devices based on the new OS available in early 2008. That's a long time off in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.
Foleo now seems like a sign of the company's desperation.ITbusiness.ca: Shane Schick, editor of Canada's largest tech trade publication, wrote this piece, Palm Foleo brings PC-like keyboard, display to Treos. He quoted me as a counterpoint to another analyst's perspective:
"Palm has no choice," says Carmi Levy, an analyst with industry research and consulting firm, Info-tech Research Group. "They couldn't introduce another derivative or evolutionary product.
Kudos to Palm for taking a chance with the Foleo, but I am not sure if this is the right bet."
[Other analyst says this...] “Nokia, Symbian-powered products are strong on the European side of the world, but have done little on this side of the Atlantic. Palm too needs to find a RIM-beater,” he said. “Apple (with the iPhone) has helped define the space. People are looking for solutions.”My last day with Info-Tech is this Friday (two days...yikes!) so I was highly conscious throughout the day that things were about to change. My new role will position me well to continue to work with journalists in this capacity. I have every intention of being the talking head that I've always been. I've built something pretty neat with this media-tech thing, so it'll be interesting to see where I can take it now that I'm following a new path.
Carmi Levy, an analyst with London, Ont.-based Info-Tech Research, agreed at the time that Palm was struggling to attract a business audience.
“RIM and Microsoft and Nokia offer enterprise-class solutions that are much easier to implement,” he said.
I look forward to seeing my name under my new banner. It will reinforce that I've done the right things to get myself to this place. (More on that on Friday...I've got news.)
Your turn: Why do significantly different technology products attract so much attention. Why are we fascinated by this stuff?