Palm OS 5.2 Available – Inlcudes Support for Graffiti 2

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PalmSource has made Palm OS 5.2 available to licensees which oddly enough, will include support for Graffiti 2. However, there is no word if Sony or Palm will give this update to NX series or Tungsten owners.

You may be wondering, what happened to 5.1? Well that’s a great question. 5.1 was supposed to offer suppor for Web browser 2.0, which had the promise of ridding the universe of the Net Front browser. Oddly, the issue seems to be lost, as there is no mention in the release notes.

So now we’ll have access to Graffiti 2, long before anyone had anticiapted. Personally, I thought they’d hold off until OS 6, but the Pocket PC camp must have PalmSource nervous. Obviously they already had plans to distribute G2 before the deal was announced. This rush to market feels a little knee-jerk to me…I’m hoping the software is better thought out than their marketing strategy.

There are other notable improvements as well –

– Added a flag for PDA’s with internal phone components, which should make certain software applications function with a bit less overhead
– Dropped automatic request for telephony RSSI value from phone in response to a Bluetooth PPP connection. This improves both interoperability with Bluetooth phones as well as performance when connected
– Improved compatibility with SMS networks
– Defined an API for the use of a collapsible input area, more commonly known as virtual graffiti. This means the lives of software develoers will be greatly improved going forward when designing software to take advantage of extra screen real estate.

There are also about 50 bug fixes that only super detailed nerds like TheWraith will appreciate (this is a test to see if he reads our news section). PalmSource has also updated the Simulator, which is similar to an emulator.

Of course the current OS 5 device owners may be left in the dark, as neither device manufacturer is obligated to give you this update. In fact, Sony has a long history of not giving updates like this, so don’t hold your breath. Palm would be oh so smart to make it available though…in the attempt to keep up.

Brian

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