Palm OS Interface to be Redesigned for Smartphones

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A few weeks ago, PalmSource revealed more of its plans for the next version of the Palm OS, which will be based on Linux.

This will make some dramatic changes, and part of this will be MAX, a new system for handling the user interface.

Many have assumed that this will still have the same general look and feel as the this operating system has always had.

Maureen O’Connell, PalmSource’s Senior Director, Corporate Communications recently told Computing Unplugged that this isn’t necessarily so.

“It’s not particularly our intention that MAX “inherit much of the traditional look and feel of the Palm OS” — while this paradigm works fine on PDA-like devices with touchscreens, it’s not as effective on more “phone like” devices — MAX is intended to address both effectively,” she said.

O’Connell did not reveal any additional details.

More About Palm OS for Linux

The code-name for the next version of the Palm OS is Access Linux Platform (ALP). The final name for it has not yet been announced.

This will be able to run applications written for previous versions of the Palm OS, but also contain new features, like concurrent multitasking.

The first devices running ALP are not expected before 2007.

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