I wrote about the Garnet Virtual Machine for Nokia Internet Tablets last year and if you remember this is the application that allows you to run Palm OS applications on your Nseries device. Since the launch in November 2007, the ACCESS Garnet VM Beta for Nokia Nseries can boast over 15,000 downloads. I used it from time-to-time, but I was unable to run my TideTool application and it didn't take advantage of the display on these Tablets. ACCESS sent me an email announcing the release of Beta 2 that you can now download and install for free.
I am happy to report that my favorite TideTool application now runs like a champ and the Palm OS emulator is FAST.
New features include full screen support with portrait full screen (best default), portrait windowed, and landscape full screen, display mode hot-switching, and SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) support for better performance. The following applications are also now reported to be working:
- Google Maps(TM) (crash when accessing network)
- Agendus (application failed to launch)
- MegaBowling (crash when using 5 way navigation)
- MMPlayer (application failed to start)
- Pocket Tunes (various crashes)
- WorldMate (application failed to start)
- CorePlayer (application crashes)
- CredibleMed Easy E&M(TM) (application failed to start)
- ICUmath (application failed to start)
- Parens (and all applications that use the MathLib)
With the lack of PIM support on these Nseries Tablets, using Palm OS applications for this function makes a lot of sense. I now plan to see what other Palm OS applications I should load on the N810/N800 and if you have any recommendations, feel free to post them in the Talkback section.