The news many have been eagerly waiting for has finally appeared: a major telecom has committed to releasing a smartphone running the Linux-based replacement for the Palm OS that has been created by Access, Co. Ltd.
This device — the Samsung i800 — is scheduled to be introduced around the middle of this year by the European telecom Orange.
It will be the first device running Access Linux Platform (ALP), and will offer this operating system’s new user interface, access to thousands of Palm OS Garnet-based applications available now, and the ability to run native applications written specifically for this new OS.
At this point, the companies involved are not releasing many details on the i800, like what form factor it will use, price, etc. However, these will likely emerge as the device gets closer to release.
Big News for ALP
After Access purchased PalmSource in 2005, it acquired the rights to the Palm OS, and its successor, the Access Linux Platform (ALP).
However, some had begun to wonder if this operating system had a future, especially after PalmSource’s biggest licensee, Palm, Inc., announced a plan to release its own Linux-based successor to the Palm OS, partially based on technology purchased from Access.
The announcement from Orange and Samsung should go a long way toward quieting these doubts. Especially considering the first ALP device will be on the market many months before Palm will release a model running its next-generation operating system.