Palm OS Undergoes a Profound Change

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Access, Co., Ltd. has just announced that it is changing the name of the current version of the Palm OS.

When this was released in 2002, it was called Palm OS 5. This was later changed to Palm OS Garnet. Today, it is becoming Garnet OS.

As Access is currently calling the next version of this operating system ALP (Access Linux Platform), this means there may never be another Palm OS device released.

But Maybe Not…

The reason Access is making this name change is because it sold all the rights to the "Palm" brand to Palm, Inc. several years ago.

There have been many rumors and much speculation that Palm, Inc. is in the process of developing its own operating system. If this is true, then the company has the right to call this the "Palm OS".

Access Powered

Naturally, as the name of its operating system is no longer the Palm OS, Access needs to change the "Palm Powered" logo that appears on devices running it. That’s why it unveiled a new "Access Powered" logo today.

This will appear on handhelds and smartphones running any operating system from Access, either on the hardware itself, or on splash screens. The logo may also be included on customers’ packaging, marketing and sales collateral, tradeshow exhibits and other promotional items.

The Name Game

A certain amount of confusion about nomenclature is probably justified at this point, as virtually everything having to do with the Palm OS has had a name change over the last several years at least once, and sometimes twice.

When Palm, Inc. merged with Handspring in 2003, it changed its name to palmOne. PalmSource was spun off as a separate company at that time, and the two companies shared the rights to the "Palm" brand.

When palmOne acquired the full rights to the "Palm" brand from PalmSource in 2005, it changed its name back to Palm, Inc.

Later, PalmSource was bought by Access, Co., Ltd, and subsequently announced it will be re-named Access Systems.

As mentioned earlier, Palm OS 5 became Palm OS Garnet, and is now Garnet OS.

ALP is only the code-name for Access’ upcoming operating system. A new name for it will be announced later this year.

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