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…