Palm’s Ed Colligan has declared Palm OS dead on multiple opportunities – once the Centro is gone, no consumer Palm OS devices are available. OK – Janam and Acceca still have a few industrial ones…but these are either too expensive or too feature-poor.
Even though Palm owns the Palm OS name, it is not the sole controller of the operating system’s fate – the Japanese ACCESS co (which bought PalmSource) continues to develop the product under the name Garnet OS.
An Access employee has now posted the following to a Palm OS developer mailing list:
Hi everyone –
With the recent discussions about PDA hardware that Palm no longer sells (TX, etc.) I was wondering how many of you still need to get Garnet OS (nee Palm OS!) devices for yourselves or for customers who are using your applications.
Maybe there is still enough of a market for non-phone devices at lower prices than the ruggedized ones from Janam and Aceeca. ACCESS has partners who could be interested in supporting this if the business need was reasonable.
If you have such a need or are interested, please email me. I am putting together a short set of questions to qualify this market need.
I would love to hear more from you all out there – leave a comment here and I will put you in touch with Tom!