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Announcing Springboard: The Verge’s documentary on the forgotten history of the Treo
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Announcing Springboard: The Verge’s documentary on the forgotten history of the Treo

A decade earlier than Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, a tiny workforce of renegades imagined and tried to construct the trendy smartphone. Practically forgotten by history, somewhat startup known as Handspring tried to make the future earlier than it was prepared. In Springboard: the secret history of the first actual smartphone, The Verge’s Dieter Bohn talks to the visionaries at Handspring and dives into their early successes and eventual failures.

It’s a half-hour-long documentary that includes the key gamers at Palm and Handspring: Donna Dubinsky, Jeff Hawkins, Ed Colligan, and extra. It’s one of our most formidable video tasks up to now, and we are able to’t wait to point out it to you.

Handspring could now not be a family title, however it was briefly one of the quickest rising companies in American history, promoting Visor private digital assistants. However the firm had larger aspirations: it noticed a cell future and took the first steps towards what would develop into the trendy smartphone — even because it confronted skepticism from the whole trade.

The dream of the Handspring Treo turned out to be too far forward of its time — earlier than both the know-how inside smartphones or the trade that bought them was prepared for it. And a quantity of unhealthy inside choices and out of doors disasters would stall Handspring lengthy sufficient that Apple would go on to do what Handspring couldn’t.

Springboard can also be a take a look at an earlier time in tech — when the dot com bubble was bursting, however huge tech hadn’t coalesced into 5 – 6 titanic monoliths. It was a time when many futures appeared potential, even one the place a tiny startup might win the coming smartphone wars.

Springboard premieres first on Monday, October twenty fifth, on The Verge’s new app on TV streaming gadgets: Roku, Amazon Hearth TV, and Android TV (Apple TV coming quickly). Search for The Verge app on your streaming system or learn how to download here.

If you wish to be the very first to see it, Springboard may also be screening in New York Metropolis on Saturday, October twenty third, and we’ll do a stay Q&A session proper after. We hope you can also make it! You will get tickets here.

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