Rumor: Palm OS 4.1 Coming Nov. 15
According to an anonymous source, Palm is going to release an upgrade to Palm OS 4.1 on November 15. This will be a free upgrade for those who already have OS 4.0 but Palm will be charging those who would like to upgrade from OS 3.x. The price is not yet available.
A Palm spokesperson would confirm only that Palm is going to release OS 4.1 before the end of the year and that the upgrade will be free for those with Palm-branded handhelds already running OS 4.0.
Last summer, Palm promised an OS 4.0 upgrade for many current models in November. This included the III, IIIx, IIIxe, IIIc, V, and Vx. Palm said at that time that they will be charging for this upgrade but not how much. While most previous upgrades were free, Palm is charging $20 for the OS 3.5 upgrade.
The only differences between Palm OS 4.0 and 4.1 are bug fixes. There have been no new features added. Palm itself created the OS 4.1 upgrade then gave it to its licensees to distribute. The upgrades Palm will be distributing will work only on Palm-branded handhelds.
Because of the nature of the bugs that needed to be fixed in OS 4.0, this won't be a simple patch. The ROM will need to be re-flashed.
Sony is already shipping the N760C with OS 4.1 and will soon be offering to upgrade the N710C from OS 3.5 to OS 4.1 which will cost $50 and require the handheld to be shipped to Sony where the new OS by a Sony technician. There has been no word on a Sony upgrade from OS 4.0 to 4.1.
It is not yet known if Palm will be handling its upgrade in the same way but in the past its upgrades have been done by the user.
Handspring models do not have flash ROMs so they can't go through major upgrades like a switch to OS 4.0. However, most of the new features in OS 4.0 are already included in Handspring's version of OS 3.5.
While HandEra is working on an upgrade to OS 4.1, they are not yet ready to say when it will be available.
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