Access Co., Ltd., has just announced that it will soon release a Garnet VM (Virtual Machine) for Nokia’s Internet Tablet series. This will make it possible for users of the N810, N800, and N770 to run thousands of off-the-shelf Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS)-based applications.
|Garnet VM on a Nokia N810
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“Access is leveraging our work on the Access Linux Platform which includes Garnet VM as one of three runtime environments along with Java and native Linux,” said Didier Diaz, senior vice president product strategy management, “Access Systems Americas. “This reinforces the value of Garnet OS-based applications to consumers and creates an all-around win: it will allow Nokia users to access the thousands of great applications running under Garnet OS; it will give our loyal developers a larger installed base of devices; and it will enable “Access to fine-tune Garnet VM based on customer feedback.”
Garnet VM will supports over 30,000 software applications, including some of the most popular mobile applications on the market, such as Google Maps, Snappermail, DateBk5 as well as games like Bejeweled, PacMan, and Sudoku. Access says it has achieved 80% compatibility validation with the library of Palm OS software.
The Nokia N770, N800 and N810 Internet Tablets run a Linux-based operating system, and offer wireless connections, high resolution displays, and support for a wide variety of Internet functions, such as VoIP calling, instant messaging, and email.
Garnet VM is expected to be available by the end of the year free of charge as a download from Access.
Update: Beta versions of the Garnet VM are available now. There are different versions for the three Internet Tablets available on the ACCESS web site at www.access-company.com.