Please tell us more about yourself and your company
As you all probably know, I’m the owner of RNS::, the company behind Hi-Launcher, and popular Treo utilities like TopSelecText or TopNewRingtones lately reviewed at TamsPalm. And many, many other apps for Palm OS.
What were your initial impressions after the webOS announcement?
Looks better than latest ideas from Palm (like Foleo). Perhaps it has future if it is ready to compete with its direct competitors who are much stronger (like iPhone). I like its design. Too bad Palm didn’t put Palm OS on it
What did you expect Palm to do? Were your expectations met?
I expected Palm to do what they did, but… with the old good Palm OS. Now I’m afraid they finally told “farewell” to their first child – Palm OS.
The operating system is said to be web-only. Do you think that its possible to create solid applications in such an environment?
Sure. But it depends on the definition of “web-only” system. Once the developer’s docs are released we’ll have an idea of what is possible on the new device.
WebOS is not able to run old Palm OS code. Can you understand this decision?
Yes, I understand. They just don’t care about the potential they got thanks to the thousands of third-party applications. Now, having written “PACE” (the transparent program that lets older Palm OS applications run on Palm OS 5 devices), how hard can it be to write a similar “emulator” to run these applications on Palm Pre? If they cared, they would create something like this.
Many have compared webOS to the iPhone, thinking that most applications will be crapware. Do you think that a solid economy will be built around the pre?
That’s what I’m afraid of the most: that the answer is: no. Palm is too weak now to “build its economy”
Do you plan to develop applications for the pre? Could you give us a preview?
No, I don’t plan. I plan to switch to the leading platforms, and not platforms without potential Sorry, Palm.
If you could change one thing about webOS, what would it be?
If I could turn back the time, and if I were a Palm manager, then I would not even create WebOS. The time that software architects and engineers spent on creating the new system could have been then focused on updating Palm OS, and bringing it back to life. With the modern design of Pre, I think that this would DEFINITELY bring Palm much more profit, happy customers, and developers! They had the solid ground, which they wasted.
If you could ask Palm one question, what would it be?
At first I thought that I should ask whether they will release any new device with Palm OS. But that would be a ridiculous question. Does anyone still believe they will do so?
As a result I came to conclusion that the question should be why did they kill Palm OS? But I already answered this question myself: because they don’t care about their profits (perhaps they have enough), their loyal customers, and third-party software developers.
So the most accurate question is: “Palm, how dare you not care about everyone who believed in you and helped you raise your operating system?”
Anything you would like to add
Yes Perhaps my question to Palm stated above sounds distressing, but I’d like to assure them that neither I care about their OS now. Neither Palm OS nor Palm WebOS. They are past all belief to me. And I think many Palm OS developers think the same way now. We’re switching to platforms with future, not with failure.