Palm admits new OS 18 months away
Another day, another delay
Palm CEO Ed Colligan has confirmed the new Palm OS won't be finished until the end of 2008. Originally scheduled for release by the end of this year, the operating system's launch date has continued to be pushed back, despite the added attention of the engineers freed up by the scrapping of Foleo last month.
The new OS will allow Palm to release a whole range of products, including something similar to the ill-fated Foleo. Development is, apparently, progressing "as well as possibly could be expected".
Palm OS was developed by Palm for its organisers. In 2003, Palm spun out its OS division into a separate company (PalmSource), and licensed the OS back, with a view to licensing to other people as well. There was not much interest, however, and when Palm started using Windows Mobile for some of its own devices, things looked very grim for PalmSource.
So PalmSource, and the rights to Palm OS, were bought by Japanese mobile software company Access, which said it would create a Linux base, with a Palm compatibility layer, and called it Access Inc's mobile Linux Project (ALP).
Meanwhile Palm, the hardware manufacturer, licensed the Palm OS back from Access, and announced that it too would be using a Linux base for a (different) new version of Palm OS, with a compatibility layer. This is the version now scheduled for release at the end of 2008.
Quite how many Palm applications users will want to run by then is open to question, so compatibility could well be a moot point. Anyone wanting to run Palm apps can easily do so on Windows Mobile using StypeTap, and very soon they'll be able to use Symbian handsets too.
It's hard to see the killer feature that's going to drive adoption of an OS which gets more out of date each time it's delayed. ®
Looking wistfully at old Palm 3i sitting on shelf
Why is it that these days when I hear the word 'Palm' I immediately get an image of Cletus Spuckler in my head?
I really wish Palm would come out with a new update soon! I really like Palm devices, but it's dragging on so much...and I want to buy a new phone, but no, there is no Palm device for me to upgrade too...
So it looks like Symbian, but my money application program is Palm OS only. Plus I hate Outlook, so I'm using Palm Desktop. As far as I know, Sunbird isn't nearly ready to be used mainstream (although it's coming on leaps and bounds) and there is no way to sync it with a Symbian phone. I could use SyncML (and there are loads of public servers available) - but the SyncML plugin for Sunbird absolutely sucks (because it doesn't work).
So we're back to square one, and I'm thinking I should just buy a Mac, because then it would be so much easier to simply run a standalone calendar application which I don't need to pay for.
Their only chance would be
to make a working linux distribution for phones and sell that. If it has a palm layer or not doesn't really matter nowdays. Their biggest competitor nowdays is the openmoko project which also aims to make a linux phone.