Feeds

Palm preps pay-per-download PalmOS 3.5

Long-awaited upgrade won't be free

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Palm will finally release PalmOS 3.5 this autumn, and to add insult to injury as it were - Palm users have been waiting for the update since February - the handheld company is planning to charge for it.

Palm's senior director of consumer product marketing, John Cook, told the New York Times that users would pay no more than $20 for the upgrade, so it's not as if the company is going to bust anyone's budget. Though since the sum is such a token one, and as past Palm upgrades have always been free, you have to wonder why the company is bothering to charge for this one.

The company line, as evidenced by Cook's comments to the NYT, is that PalmOS 3.5 is a major upgrade and thus more worthy of a price tag than previous releases.

"Typically what you have seen in a Palm upgrade has been very incremental," Cook said. "We think we have added a lot more value."

Indeed, PalmOS 3.5 will bring in a host of third-party add-ons - including, we hope, Sony's multimedia extensions - and revised versions of the standard Palm apps. It should also support 'digital ink', as introduced with the recently released Palm m100 consumer-oriented handheld.

According to Cook, the upgrade will also include a new version of Palm's desktop software and the company's wireless Internet access code. He also mentioned that the upgrade will be made available for download from Palm's Web site, so we wonder if the $20 fee is simply covers postage, packing and handling for the CD version. That said, Cook's comments don't support that view, implying as he does that even the download will require users to enter their credit card details.

We shall see. And we may still have to wait some time for the upgrade. PalmOS 3.5 first appeared in devices in February. Palm promised it would release a version for existing users shortly, but we've yet to see hide nor hair of it. And even now the picture isn't clear: Cook said the upgrade would be released "sometime" this autumn.

Meanwhile, UK and other European users may have to wait even longer for the wireless Net access software. The code isn't likely to appear until well into next year, a Palm UK source told us, despite Palm's official line that the software would be released globally later this year.

Palm apparently prefers to wait for next-generation packet-based wireless networks rather than provide a GSM - the standard cellular network technology over here - version in the meantime. ®

Related Stories

Palm to bring wireless Net to its PDAs
Sony Palm PDA sells out on first day
Palm unveils Handspring hounding consumer PDA
Palm to bring wireless Web to Japan

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.