Palm OS might be dead but don’t count Palm out yet


Palm_logoThere are no shortage of Palm OS death notices but I wouldn’t count Palm out just yet.  Rumors are bouncing around that Palm is working on a secret device that may be unveiled at the upcoming D: All Things Digital conference thrown by Walt Mossberg.  Both Brighthand and I4U are reporting that Palm will indeed debut this new project at the conference and it’s got some tongues wagging, as rumors like this do.  Not much is known about the device that some are calling the Hawk other than it’s a new category of device, not a handheld nor smartphone.  The UMPC market makes a good fit for Palm as I see it since they have the technical know-how to design and produce such a device.  Heck, it’s not like they have anything else to do.  The D conference will unfold May 29 – 31 in California so we’ll keep an eye out for any word from Palm.  What do you think, would you buy a Palm UMPC?

(via engadget)



I am interested in what this product is. Palm hasn’t updated their pdas in a while. New pdas would be nice.


My Tungsten|E is just about dead, but I’m keeping it around until the iPhone come out.

However, Apple’s PIM suite of applications (mainly Address Book and iCal) are not nearly as robust as Palm’s (Calendar, Memos, and Contacts), and that’s the only thing keeping me in the Palm camp. If Apple were to release a major upgrade in it’s PIM suite, it would be all over for Palm, at least in my book.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for users (but a death knell for the hardware side of Palm) if they licensed their PIM apps to Apple?

Mike Cane

I already have. It’s called a LifeDrive.


And, yeah, given that this thing will probably run PalmLinux, it’d be closer to a MID than a UMPC.

I’m sick of non-standard stuff and my recent LifeDrive experience only emphasizes my earlier post about cheap devices. I’ll have a post about this on my blog later today too.


Palm is a good example of a company without goals. They started as the best pda maker in the market and have ended as I don´t know what.

Anyway… About this rumor, would have more sense if what Palm is planning to make now is a MID instead of a UMPC.

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