The Haier n60 was in the news very much recently, as PalmSource decided to use it as its “test bed” for ALP. PalmInfoCenter recently got a nice pack of screenshots-find them online here:

But this is not the problem of this editorial. Today, we will focus on one of the biggest stupidities ever made by PalmSource IMHO, sorry PalmSource, but it as just dumb not to get into end user sales.

When Acer bailed a few months ago, people began to notice one thing: PalmSource is dependant on licencees for its survival. And this is a problem-licencees can come and go. Now compare this to PalmSource beeing an independant OS vendor too. If a company like Microsoft looses a licencee, they dont care. Users can purchase the operating system in a store and install it…

So, what PalmSource should do IMHO is offer a ‘palmization service’ for existing Windows CE handhelds. The rise of Palm OS emulators shows that many people dislike Palm hardware, but want the software. So, why use a emulator, if you could install your OS directly.

And last but not least, don’t forget that you usually earn much more cash from a direct sale than from a OEM one…

Related posts:

  1. PalmSource aquired by Access Co(Netfront dudes)
  2. On the history of PalmSource installer
  3. The Haier n60-specs and photos
  4. Don’t pull a TT with ALP, please
  5. Newsflash!!!!! PalmSource will be bought by ACCESS

2 Responses to “Welcome to Haier, the PalmOS licencee bred by PalmSource”

  1. The problem with direct sales of the PalmOS is hardware platform support. Several different hardware platforms, each with niggling little nuances, can be a pain to support when you have full documentation (like the OEM hardware providers and their development teams), and a nightmare if you are on the outside. It could be hard to get OEM’s to support direct PalmOS updates – who takes the support calls for such a system? Everybody gets into a finger point match, claiming “It’s not our problem – go complain to them!” Then everybody loses as the whole platform gets a bad name.

    Besides, PalmSource has its hands full trying to bring out a solid yet progressively featured next OS. Trying to take on this level of effort at this time sounds like overload.

    Maybe once they get the new OS out and stabilized they can take a look at something like this … but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    Don’t get me wrong – I would LOVE major OS update’s as much as the next Palm enthusiast. I remember those updates and upgrades of years (and hardware) gone by, and how much I liked being able to breath new features and bug fixes into my daily companion. I just don’t think it is in the cards…

    As for Palm, there are GAPPING holes in their Treo 650, but Palm is too busy selling hardware to be bothered with going back and patching up the units they have shipped. Heck, they probably have to get a reams of legalese written approvals from the carriers before they could even think of issuing any software updates! Palm is tying themselves to a fast growing market, but one in which they don’t call the shots, and they won’t be allowed to develope a direct relationship with what would traditionally be THEIR customers. The carriers are not about to loosen their stanglehold on their customers in any way – they want folks dependant on them and only them. Which, IMO, is just plain wrong.

  2. Hi,
    little to add here. Valid points!

    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

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