Feeds

Finally some QUALITY apps for Android: PalmOS emulator ported

Just woken up with long beard, curly fingernails?

Top three mobile application threats

PalmOS users who've become objects of ridicule with their refusal to upgrade can now switch to Android while keeping the favourite PalmOS apps.

The technology comes from StyleTap, whose PalmOS emulators made Windows Mobile and Symbian usable for so long. Now PalmOS obsessives can buy a port of the emulator for Google's Android operating system.

Quite what applications that obsessive is running we're not sure. For many years PalmOS was the only mobile platform which could play a decent game of Go, but that's no longer true. We're struggling to think of a single PalmOS application we'd even use today even if it wasn't going to cost us $49.95 - the emulator's price tag.

But individual sales at that price isn't really what StyleTap is about: the real customers are vertical industries who are struggling to support legacy applications which were developed for PalmOS and have never been ported to newer platforms.

StyleTap now contends that PalmOS applications are the most portable of all, being able to run on such a wide variety of devices and gadgets: though we'd argue that, by that logic, applications developed for the Sinclair Spectrum (for which there are plenty of emulators) are even more portable.

The problem with Spectrum titles is they lack graphical interaction and networking of any kind, while PalmOS apps can still hold their own on a mobile handset - just about. For companies with existing codebases StyleTap is the only alternative to starting again from scratch.

In December the company released an iOS port for jail-broken Apple devices because its software isn't allowed into the iTunes store. Apple doesn’t permit emulators, as they'd provide an alternative to iTunes for application distribution, so the iOS version of StyleTap is only available in the Cydia store.

The Android version isn't in the app stores either, though the company says it will be, so desperate users will have to download direct from StyleTap or just wait another few weeks - which shouldn't be a problem for anyone who's stuck with PalmOS to this point. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.