We have reached the end of the Palm OS

Summary:With the announcement of the Palm WebOS in January we knew this day was coming and according to PreCentral Ed Colligan confirmed that the only Palm OS devices coming in the future may be Centro devices from other carriers. Palm ended dedicated PDA/non-phone devices a couple of years ago and now confirms that they will focus on WebOS and Windows Mobile Palm devices moving forward. I am sure there will be many fans of the current Palm OS who are disappointed, but the OS has been around for 12 years and will continue to live for a few more as people still use their PDAs, Treo, and Centro devices.

With the announcement of the Palm WebOS in January we knew this day was coming and according to PreCentral Ed Colligan confirmed that the only Palm OS devices coming in the future may be Centro devices from other carriers. Palm ended dedicated PDA/non-phone devices a couple of years ago (with the Palm Tx and LifeDrive) and now confirms that they will focus on WebOS and Windows Mobile Palm devices moving forward. I am sure there will be many fans of the current Palm OS who are disappointed, but the OS has been around for about 13 years and will continue to live for a few more as people still use their PDAs, Treo, and Centro devices.

I still have a Sony CLIE UX50 (my favorite dedicated PDA) and a couple other Palm OS devices in my collection and enjoy pulling them out from time to time and remembering the good old days when I started with a US Robotics/3COM Pilot 1000 in 1997. Palm had to eventually make major updates or move on from the Palm OS and it definitely had a good run. The Palm OS was outstanding for many years and started to get a bit buggy and outdated as people went beyond PDA functionality and looked to it for higher end multimedia and multi-tasking functionality.

Will you miss the Palm OS? Care to share a favorite memory from the past?

Topics: Software, Hardware, Mobility, Operating Systems, Wi-Fi

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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