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Palm's Nova OS now set for first-half 2009

updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon September 22, 2008

Palm Nova OS in Summer 09

Palm might not have a finished device based on its new operating system until several months into 2009, according to statements made during the company's results conference call last week. Although the company still says it's on track to finish its next-generation "Nova" mobile operating system by the end of 2008, the company now gives a larger release window that has extended from the previous early 2009 to the first half of that year, hinting at a release as late as June.

What might cause the slight delay is unknown. The software should eventually replace the old Palm OS but is unusually complex through its switch to Linux, which will open up software development but also requires that Palm develop backwards compatibility that will still run older Palm OS apps.

The software has increasingly been portrayed as the key to Palm's recovery from mounting losses at the company, which has seen its phone sales jump with the advent of the low-cost Centro but continues to face problems with its more lucrative Treo line. Nova will first be aimed at a new class of mid-range phones for Palm, which will be targeted at high-end home users rather than professionals.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bearcatrp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A little...

    to late to the game. I WAS an avid palm loyalist but they took to long to replace the aging palm OS. Goodbye palm. Surprised they didn't fold earlier.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Next year ... excellent..

    ,,,just in time to clean out their offices.

  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    forget it

    Why is anyone interested in this phone and OS now? One of the worst-run companies still in business. Not even Jon Rubinstein can save it.

  1. stainless

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A fitting end...

    Palm CEO bulked and laughed at the notion of Apple developing a mobile phone! Now who is having the last laugh!!!! My Palm treo 650 was the worse experience of a mobile ever! To death with Palm!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why wait for

    backwards-compatibility? I don't think Palm's WinMobile-based devices can run PalmOS-based apps. And if the new OS uses a similar interface that the original PalmOS used, then it's game over for this new OS anyways.

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969


    (Coco) Nuts!

    Palm will soon be another casualty of our failing economy. If they were smart, they would cut their loses and coordinate a deal with Apple to lease the iPhone OS instead. It would be cheaper for them in the long run because they could get it out the door before the company goes bankrupt.

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