Smartphones with Palm OS II Definitely Coming Next Year

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Palm Inc.’s CEO said today that his company expects to release before the end of 2008 devices running the Linux-based operating system it currently has in development.

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Ed Colligan said, "Our Palm systems team… is now totally focused on delivering our next generation platform, which we expect to be available before the end of the next calendar year,"

This statement came during a conference call after Palm announced the results of its most recent financial quarter. It confirms an earlier report, which said the introduction of this operating system is 12 to 18 months away.

The company said this spring that it expected to have devices running this software on the market in 2007.

More About Palm’s Next Operating System

In May of this year, Palm announced that it is developing its own operating system that will be based on Linux, but also include important parts of the Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS Garnet).

At that time, the company laid out its future plans in broad strokes, but gave few details. It even refused to give the name for this upcoming operating system, although the smart money says that it will be called the Palm OS, as Palm, Inc. now owns all the rights to the "Palm" brand. It is therefore generally referred to as Palm OS II.

Since that time, the company has consistently refused to reveal additional details. The same was true today.

Colligan says the upcoming operating system will be as easy to use as the current one, and Palm has promised in the past it will be able to run legacy Palm OS software.

"Our customers are our most important asset, and we want to be sure their transition to our next generation system — which will extend Palm’s rich heritage of innovation — will be seamless," Colligan said today.

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