Is Palm's upcoming New-ness CES event related to the Nova OS?

Is Palm's upcoming New-ness CES event related to the Nova OS?

Summary: I received an invite and follow-up phone call from Palm last week inviting me to a special event to be held at CES in Las Vegas in January. Last year when Palm brought people to an off site location, they showed off different color Palm Centro devices and this disappointed most all journalists who attended. Thus, there is a bit of doubt about what Palm will show this year. They are generating a lot of buzz and according to Business Week Palm will actually reveal the Nova Linux operating system that they have been working on for years. I think Nova needs to be the subject of their announcement and anything less will probably mean Palm will be irrelevant in the mobile space moving forward.

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Is Palm’s upcoming New-ness CES event related to the Nova OS?I received an invite and follow-up phone call from Palm last week inviting me to a special event to be held at CES in Las Vegas in January. Last year when Palm brought people to an off site location, they showed off different color Palm Centro devices and this disappointed most all journalists who attended. Thus, there is a bit of doubt about what Palm will show this year. They are generating a lot of buzz and according to Business Week Palm will actually reveal the Nova Linux operating system that they have been working on for years. I think Nova needs to be the subject of their announcement and anything less will probably mean Palm will be irrelevant in the mobile space moving forward.

The Palm Nova OS has been under development for something like three years and given that we now have a market full of the Mac OS X (iPhone), Android, S60, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry devices Palm is going to have to show off something fantastic that will get people to switch back to Palm. Windows Mobile implementation was a good move for Palm and was necessary to allow them to continue in the market since the Palm OS was aging without any successor. I know there are still people using the Palm OS and the Centro has been doing quite well for those moving from a feature phone, but it isn't a powerhouse OS that can compete with all of these latest devices.

The Nova OS devices are supposed to bridge the gap between the iPhone and BlackBerry, but I am not sure exactly what that means now that the iPhone is supporting the enterprise market with Exchange ActiveSync support and BlackBerry devices are very appealing to consumers with the Pearl, Curve, Bold, and Storm. Windows Mobile seems to already bridge that gap too with outstanding enterprise support and very good consumer appeal with multimedia functionality. S60 give you enterprise support too and has even better multimedia creation functionality than any other OS. The latest smartphone figures from Gartner show that the Palm OS has a low 2.1% of the worldwide market share and has gone from the leader to the bottom in a few years.

I still have a place in my heart for Palm since my first PDA was a Palm device and I do hope they announce something amazing at CES. We'll have to wait and see what happens on January 8th.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • should have gone with Android

    They're late in the game and will need to catch up. Better yet, they would need developers, and there aren't many left after Android. If this is their PALM style running linux, than they just shot themselves in the foot. Frankly, they need to be sporting another OS or should have released theirs before Google did.
    Maarek
    • Pride?

      Once Android was announced and especially after it launched I fail to see why Palm didn't throw their resources into the Android ring. If they could make the move to WindowsME and pay for it why not take an OS that you can build on for free and truly make a big end user bang. The will have to implement the same things in their OS (Exchange etc.) that they'll have to do in Android.
      storm14k
      • Google spyware

        Why would Palm want to help Google spread their spyware? Android should be boycotted unless we can be assured that Google gets NO data from it other than version number for updates.
        jorjitop
  • RE: Is Palm's upcoming New-ness CES event related to the Nova OS?

    The Palm OS is old and still works better than Windows Mobile, is faster than Blackberry... and if they would just produce a phone with a working browser and about 60GB of storage sold at the $200 price point or less... they would own the market... even without a new OS. XP seems to be an old OS you guys are happy with. I switched from Windows Mobile to the Centro a year ago and it is sooooo much better. No device resets needed... very speedy. I can't think of a feature it is missing honestly...
    notlehs
    • I could agree....

      Except for seeming to have a string of crappy built Palms I loved the OS vs WindowsME. And now that I'm getting to see a BlackBerry in action I'm wondering what all the hype is about. I never used my palm for email when I had it so I don't know how that compares to the BB but aside from that the Palm OS blows the BB OS out of the water.
      storm14k
    • Centro is missing WIFI...

      NT
      mrlinux
  • RE: Is Palm's upcoming New-ness CES event related to the Nova OS?

    I have been using a Palm device since they came out in 1996. They are by far the simplest to use. This is coming from somebody that does not mind complicated tech toys. But when it comes to productivity, simple is good.

    How can you beat Palm's Hot Sync? I have info in my Palm Treo 755p that I input back in 1996. The device and Desktop DO NOT lose information as does Active Sync.

    I briefly used a Windows device (Dell Axiom) in 2003. I missed an appointment not once but twice because it did not sync it to my computer. I sold the Dell on eBay before that could happen again and went back to Palm.

    Now do I think that there is nothing better than Palm? No. Well, maybe no.

    I think the iPhone is totally cool. I would love my Palm to interface and look as good as an iPhone. I would love my Treo to work as good as a Blackberry when it comes to communication. I think Palm needs to step up and get with the times.

    Multitasking would be a good place to start. Or maybe even tabbing applications so that you can switch between a phone call and web browsing. Or between using the calculator and Datebook without having to leave one app to go to another.

    A thinner lighter device would be nice. No, a Centro is not the answer. I still want a quality device, not something that looks like it came from the toy department at Wal-mart.

    Fixing some of the bugs would a plus. Like Bluetooth staying on when switching out the battery. I use the phone a lot. Two batteries a day. (No, it's not bad battery life...I talk about 3500 minutes a month, plus E-mails and access the web for job related sites.) Sometimes I forget to restart the Bluetooth application after I swap out a battery. I remember when I hear my phone ringing from my briefcase in the backseat. Everybody's ears must be ringing at Palm, Inc. when my phone is ringing and I can't get to it and the Bluetooth is off.

    How about more memory? Memory is cheap these days. How about a few gigs for kicks? 60 would be good. 80 even better. 100 could give me an orgasm.

    GPS would be good. (A Centro is still not the answer. I want a real phone.)

    How about staying with one type of SD card format? All of my Comet and Daynotez (two killer apps) records for the past 4 years are scattered over several SD card formats. I keep my old Palm Lifedrive with Comet and Daynotez on it around just to be able to read the SD cards.

    How about a faster processor? Sometimes when I think the Palm isn't responding to a command I move on to another app only to have the first app open then close and then the second app open. Granted I'm impatient but I think that the processor could be faster (more memory would also be a help here.)

    I could go on and on. Why don't I switch to an iPhone or a Blackberry you ask? They just can't do what this Palm 755p can do. And the best part is that there is no other device or application for any other device that I am aware of that offers the security that I have with my Palm.

    My Palm locks down not only the device but it will hide private records as well. I keep credit card and banking info on the device and the passwords to all of my accounts and websites so that I will always have it with me. That info is hidden until I ask for it. Then when I am done it hides it again automatically in case I forget to. Can your device do that?

    What if I lose the device you ask? Simple. A text message sent to it telling the device to delete all of my info erases ALL info on the device and SD card. The most I lose is whatever I've entered into it from the time I left the house in the morning until I've sent the "Delete" message. The device is synchronized AND backed up each night on my home computer and during the day on my laptop. Can your device do that? Apple won't even let you sync to more that one computer. Actually, it won't even let you sync at all.

    Apple calls it syncing. It's not. The computer tell the device the info. The device can't tell the computer the info. If I add a phone number to my contacts on my Treo and then add another phone number to my contacts on my computer, both will have that same info the next time I sync. Not all devices can do that. And Active Sync will just delete the record if the record changed on both between syncs. Palm will place BOTH records on your computer and device and then tell you it did that. Then YOU get to determine which is correct and delete it yourself, not the sync process.

    Yes, it's time for Palm to step up and modernize. But it should never loose the simplicity or qualities of it's OS.

    Another note: Chances are nobody's two thumbs can type as fast on those little keyboards as I can write graffiti.
    thomasj106@...