We have reached the end of the Palm OS

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.

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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 The Palm OS was outstanding for many years and started to get a bit buggy and outdated as people went beyond PDA functionality and looked to it for higher end multimedia and multi-tasking functionality.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?

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  • To think they had the rights to BeOS...

    and they did sweet tweet with it. <shaking head>

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS
    Arm A. Geddon
  • I'll miss PalmOS

    Small, simple, fast. A pioneer example for minimalism and functionality. It may be dead but its influence lives on.
    Ed Burnette
    • I agree, except ...

      I won't miss it because I'll just stick with my Centro as long as it works. It does everything I need and does it well.
      bmeacham98@...
  • The nicest feature of the Palm OS

    For me at least, was the desktop software that let you update the data on the Palm from your PC instead of having to sync it with some other overpriced app that's sold separately.
    T1Oracle
    • I agree the Sync feature was second ....

      to none, in fact every device I have had since does not do sync anywhere near as good.
      mrlinux
  • RE: We have reached the end of the Palm OS

    Access have a great PalmOS emulator running on the Nokia 800/810 tablets that would be a great addition to the Android platform. What a fantastic follow-on to your Treo and compatible with thousands of those PalmOS apps, unlike the bloatware that will be dumped on the Pre.

    MrBeck
  • RE: We have reached the end of the Palm OS

    I just bought the bluetooth keyboard and "documents to go ver 11" this week for my T/X! lol, I had a feeling that OS 5 would be phased out, not this soon. Oh well, I have a phone already and I'll use the T/X for organization, reading excel,word, powerpoint, and pdf files as long as I can. I bought it 2-3 years ago, and started to use it again just a couple of months ago. Love it. Except the hard re-boots every now and then.
    sphuot
  • The end of PalmOS

    Everyting has an end.
    But in the meantime, my T|X works more than fine. I can synch it pretty well. I can hear MP3s, look at photos, read documents, organize my activities, access Internet.
    My first organizer was a Casiopeia, the next one a Palm Vx. The next one, the T|X, just because there were no more spare parts for the Vx.
    It's always the same question: Do I really need more technology than this?

    Long life to PalmOS
    raul62
  • Why not donate the PalmOS to the open source community?

    There are still a large installed base of PalmOS units out there. It seems to me if Palm donated the source code to the open source community, PalmOS could continue on its own merits. If it sinks or swims would be totally dependent on whether interested developers and users had an interest on keeping it going. If it thrived, there would still be incentive for small developers to build PalmOS apps.
    steven.g.kahn@...
  • Good and Bad

    My two favorite apps are HandyShpr, a classic grocery list program, and Tasks. I had and old green monochrome screen unit a long time ago and loved the way the ToDo lists work in Tasks. I'd Synch with Outlook, and go. The list just works perfectly. Click the check box to complete the task, or click the date to get a handy menu to reschedule for any time during the next week. It's so simple, yet does everything you need in the easiest possible way.
    After I "upgraded" to a Dell Windows Mobile unit, I was continually frustrated with the ToDo list. Although it looked flashier, you have to click through several screens to do a simple reschedule. I actually liked the other aspects of the Dell better. I think it synced with outlook better, and you could do fancier stuff like Remote Desktop to a PC. (I don't know why I'd ever need to, but it was neat.) But even after trying all sorts of third party task apps for windows, I abandoned it and bought another Palm, simply for the Tasks app. I was that much more productive on the Palm.
    It seems so stupid but I just couldn't find a Windows Mobile app that did this basic job as well. Does anyone know of one for Windows Mobile? I want one that can reschedule or complete the task with one click, and without opening it. Is that so much to ask?
    The only thing I don't like about PalmOS is that try as I may, I can not get the Outlook sync to stop giving me duplicate contacts and calendar events, and the sync is just a little flaky, while with the Windows Mobile OS, I'd just sit the darn thing in the cradle, and it would always be in perfect sync.
    Anyway, I hope the new OS doesn't make things harder than they need to be just to look flashy.
    Hubbity Bubba
  • RE: We have reached the end of the Palm OS

    I started with a Handspring Visor, and then a Pro and now a Palm Tungsten. I'm happy with it and a separate Virgin Mobile phone, and have no wish to pony up a lot of bucks so that I can blog and drive at the same time. Hope my PDA and Palm desktop hold up until my demise, they're the last things I want to give up!
    emaher@...