Don’t ask me why, but it looks like the folks at Access’s are slowly but surely starting to get desperate to get at least some brand attention from their purchase of PalmSource Inc.

Long-term Palm heads will probably still remember the legal spat about the text recognition software used on original Palm OS handhelds – after winning it and doing nothing with the IP for ages, the boys now make it available as freeware(!!!) for Android OS.

An email sent out to a Palm OS developer’s newsgroup reads as follows

To everyone who is using Android and remembers fondly the days of PDAs with Graffiti for input, now you can download Graffiti for Android from the Android Market. Install and grab your stylus or just use your finger to enter text, even without looking, just like you did on your first Palm Pilot!

Download for free from the Android Market http://market.android.com/search?q=pname:com.access_company.graffiti

Now if I could ask a few favors:
1) Have you shipped an Android app that uses text and your users could benefit from Graffiti? Please pass this on and let them know there is an alternative to their current hard or soft keyboard. Or give Graffiti a plug on your site. Email me if you do this and maybe we can quote you in press releases and other marketing, increasing your exposure, too.

2) If you like it, give it a good rating and comment. The more stars the better! Then we can release more free apps.

3) If you have suggestions how you have found success marketing your Android apps, I would appreciate your ideas. My boss’ goal for me is to get this up to the >250k downloads level!

Anyone want to risk a bet when Access Co will be declared bankrupt? The writing is on the wall…

Related posts:

  1. Graffiti lawsuit games – part 2
  2. Access releases Netfront Life – for Android
  3. Slashdot this! Graffiti on something slightly larger than a Palm…
  4. Digital Daily: HP has shelved its Android tablet
  5. More on Handango’s Android app store

14 Responses to “Access offers Graffiti as freeware for Android”

  1. Graffitti as in Graffitti 1, or this annoying Graffitti 2 Palm released to please Xerox ?

  2. Yeah that is a very good question. I get the impression that it would be the Graffiti 2 because Aceeca’s PDA32 screen shots (in Tam’s comparison article) show Graffiti 2. I think Graffiti 2 sucks and have always switched my devices to using the original Graffiti.

  3. It’s Graffiti 1.

  4. Hi,
    thank you all for talking back!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  5. NOpe…. not downloadable anymore…..

  6. Hi,
    doesn’t really surprise me – looks like they just figured out that giving away part of your IP was not too smart an idea ;)

    If they now find out that they are all but f”ed, and unwind voluntarily like StacElec did, then I am surprised by their intelligence…

    Big thanks for talking back
    Tam Hanna

  7. “OKdone” is wrong – it is still available; I just installed it.

    Here’s what the page looks like in the market:
    http://apps.doubletwist.com/Graffiti-for-Android/-2536848428918952836

    BTW: Much to my surprise, it’s Graffiti 1! See the screen shots on the above link.

  8. Hi Max,
    as said, I struggle to see much reason in this move.

    It would prolly have made more sense to help Nokia with its S40 browser…

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  9. It didn’t move; it’s still in the Android Market. I just provided a URL so you could view the market without being on an Android device. For some reason Google doesn’t let you do this (http://www.android.com/market/), but other people do.

  10. Hi Max,
    thank you so much for talking back.

    Would you be willing to contribute a review maybe?

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  11. Has anyone gotten Graffiti for Android to work on a tablet (not a phone)?

  12. Hi Mark,
    thank you so much for talking back!

    I unfortunately don’t have an Android device, so I can’t say much more.

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  13. If anyone has the graffiti installer file for android..id like to install this on my tablet. Thanks!

  14. Hi toyger,
    very sorry, but I do not have these files myself!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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