updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue April 10, 2007
Palm turns to Linux OS
Palm has used its Investor Day event to announce that the next version of the PalmOS will be based on a new Linux kernel. In the past the company has used either proprietary software or Windows Mobile, as in the case of the Treo 750. PalmOS 5 devices will still be released later in 2007, but the company will thereafter switch PalmOS entirely to the new architecture, with the only alternative platform being Windows Mobile.
Surprising however is the revelation that Palm is not using the Access Linux Platform, which was developed by the buyer of Palm's former software subsidiary, PalmSource. The new OS is being developed entirely within Palm, and should even substitute components formerly supplied by Access, such the web browser. Instead Palm will be using Opera for browsing, and most likely ChatterEmail for messages. New features will include multitasking and simulataneous voice and data. The first devices with the new PalmOS will arrive by the end of 2007. [via treocentral]