Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2007 22:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless 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'.
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Palm doesn't have a plan
by saterdaies on Thu 4th Oct 2007 14:22 UTC
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Palm just doesn't have a strategy. Microsoft knows that it wants - to be a software developer for a lot of handhelds. Palm doesn't know if it wants to go the Apple route (writing the software and creating the hardware) or the Samsung/HTC/etc. route and concentrate on hardware. With Palm being the only customer, this leaves ACCESS in a really weird place. There might be no market at all for what they're making.

While Palm isn't so far behind (Windows Mobile and Blackberry just aren't so advanced and have significant problems of their own), they won't catch up simply because they don't know what they want to do.

Frankly, when Palm bought BeOS, they should have taken the plunge and made that their next generation platform. It would have required work, but it would have paid off. At this point, I think it makes sense for ACCESS to push Be. Even if they have to open-source it, they could become the RedHat of handhelds. Companies would come to them to get it running on their platform. People would buy apps from them that run on it. Being the head of an open-source project does mean that people come to you (and pay you) to do things. And Be is way more appropriate for handhelds than Linux (different things are better at different applications). Companies are already paying Microsoft a bundle for something crappy, if ACCESS jumped in the game with a nice Be for handhelds, we might see a new viable platform.

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