Possible Confirmation of Non-PalmSource Palm OS

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There have been rumors and speculation for months that Palm, Inc. is planning to create its own mobile operating operating system. Now, a web site claims to have definitive proof of this.

According to Software Everywhere,  an industry analyst has confirmed that Palm is developing a Linux-based operating system that will compete with the one PalmSource is working on now.

Of course, this analyst isn’t named, but the site claims he has a reputation for accuracy. 

Supposedly, Palm’s own Linux-based operating system will hit the market next year, which is roughly the same time PalmSource’s will.

And, as Palm has exclusive rights to the “Palm” brand, it could name its upcoming operating system the Palm OS. This will give it a strong competitive advantage over the one being developed by PalmSource, which sold its rights to the “Palm” brand last year.

Not a Replacement

According to Software Everywhere‘s source, Palm does not intend to sever its relationship with either PalmSource or Microsoft.

Rather than dropping its use of either one of these company’s mobile operating systems, Palm is supposedly hedging its bets by developing one in house.

Geographical Competition

Since late last year, PalmSource has been owned by Access, Co., Ltd., a company based in Japan.

Palm, Inc., on the other hand, is based in the United States.

Therefore, there has been some speculation that Palm’s mobile operating system will be tailored for the Americas and Europe, while PalmSource’s will be aimed at Asian consumers.

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