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Palm launches its own app store

Bringing it in line with rivals such as Apple, Android and (soon) RIM, Palm has unveiled a new, mobile-based app store. It already had a desktop-based app store, obviously, but not one that allowed software to be downloaded straight to the handset.

Bringing it in line with rivals such as Apple, Android and (soon) RIM, Palm has unveiled a new, mobile-based app store. It already had a desktop-based app store, obviously, but not one that allowed software to be downloaded straight to the handset.

Technically, Palm now has two mobile app stores - one for the ageing Palm OS, and the other for Windows Mobile. Amusingly, this means Palm has beaten Microsoft to the punch - Redmond still hasn't gotten its act together enough to launch a proper WinMob app store. Methinks it will do so pretty soon, though.

We can also, hopefully, expect to see the successor to the Palm OS - the Access Linux Platform (ALP) - make a proper appearance early next year. I've been to a few 3GSMs/Mobile World Congresses now, and Access (ex-PalmSource) has always been there saying "almost ready". But this time it's make or break.