Since the Palm OS switched to running on ARM-based processors, it’s been theoretically possible for the same device to run both the Palm OS and Windows Mobile. However, no company has ever tried to do this, until now.
Oswin Technology, which is based in Singapore, says it intends to release versions of its latest smartphone running not only the Palm OS and Pocket PC, but also Linux, MXI, and Windows CE, according to The Business Times.
What many Palm OS users will find most interesting, though, is the fact that Oswin says that this device, called the Zircon Axia A108, will be the first in the world to run Palm OS Cobalt.
All the versions of the smartphone will use the same hardware, so users will have the option of sending their device to Oswin and having the operating system changed.
The version running Windows CE is available now, the Pocket PC and MXI versions are expected in the third quarter of this year, while the Palm OS Cobalt and Linux versions are expected in the fourth quarter.
Oswin says it intends to release this device worldwide.
An Overview of the Zircon Axia A108
The Axia A108 uses a Freescale i.MX21 processor and has 64 MB of RAM.
It’s 2.2 inch screen has a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels.
Like many smartphones, the Axia A108 has a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera.
This is a tri-band GSM (900, 1800, 1900 MHz), GPRS Class 10 device.
The Axia A108 uses a candybar design, but Oswin says it will make other models with a sliding numberpad or a keyboard.
Oswin Technology is affiliated with Group Sense Technology, whose GSPDA subsidiary makes a line of Palm OS smartphones.
Thanks to Palm Infocenter for the tip.