Palm launched the Pre in June on US network Sprint, and is hoping the device – which runs its new mobile operating system, webOS – will help turn around company fortunes after many quarters of large losses. Further launches in Europe and Canada follow shortly (via Telefonica and Bell, respectively). Earlier this week analyst firm Gartner fired a warning shot to the vendor during release of its latest global handset sales report. "This device attracted a lot of media attention [in the most recent quarter] but showed mixed results at the cash register as sales only reached 205,000 units," said Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner. "Palm currently ranks tenth in the smartphone market and Gartner remains concerned about its ability to gain traction outside the US market, where its brand is less strong."
(Extracted from GSMA Mobile Business Briefing)