Thursday, April 12, 2007
Juicy story which we read today in PalmInfocenter . Ed Colligan, CEO of Palm, Palm Inc's during the Analyst Day has revealed the company's plans regarding PalmOS and Linux: Palm is preparing a new operating system based on Linux . Not to be confused with PalmSource ALP which we have already spoken several times .
Combination of 5 PalmOS Garnet with a Linux kernel
- Most importantly, this development of Palm itself, is that it combines the PalmOS Garnet (PalmOS 5) current with a Linux kernel. On the one hand supposed to be our beloved PalmOS simpre not forgotten, but by a presumably improved multitasking, robust and support new technologies Linux kernel. On the other hand, it seems that PalmOS Cobalt (PalmOS 6) is completely forgotten, although maybe Cobalt is nothing more than an advanced Garnet, and whatever it is used. Anyway, the new OS is certainly enough to seem current, and changes occurring underneath, something I think we all appreciate PalmOS users.
Many improvements are anticipated to the current PalmOS 5
- Ed Colligan out as key points in the new operating system the ability to have a team of fast ignition, easily portable with a long battery life. These are precisely the most important qualities of PalmOS, and I think a great success that has not been left in oblivion.
- Additionally other missing from your current operating system, such as simultaneous voice and data processing, features and greater flexibility to support varied hardware enhance (hopefully the wifi from within this flexibility).
PalmOS has many advantages over Windows Mobile and other competitors
- Another aspect that is intended to enhance the Web browsing and online services. They have examples of backup systems and automatic software updates. Regarding Web browsing, just remember the recent agreement with Opera , creators of the popular mobile browser Opera Mini , to realize that they think go far.
- Finally, there is the new operating system sleeve is removed, but you have been developing in Palm since quite some time .
Another fact that transpired in the subsequent press conference, is that the new products that use both PalmOS 5 as the new OS will be on the market later this year, and a new type devices still unknown . In addition, these new products are not necessarily onsale through operators (carriers), but also will be for sale directly. Bets are open then whether or not these teams include phone functionality. Maybe they're thinking of something like the Nokia 800 .
There are still many things in the air. There have been no hardware or technical data SDK, nothing is known about the compatibility with the current or future PalmOS development environment. But one thing is clear: there will be significant developments and not much time.