Sony Demoing Palm OS 5 (Updated)
Sony is putting on in Tokyo this week a show called Dream World, designed to show off its latest technology. Included in this is a demonstration of a handheld running Palm OS 5. PC Watch, a Japanese website, has a picture. Unfortunately, no other details are available.
Update: A Sony spokesperson emphasizes that this is more of a demonstration of the capabilities of Palm OS 5 on an ARM-based processor than a sneak peak of a future hardware release. According to him, it is premature to draw any conclusions about the hardware features of future handhelds based on this.
This display model is running a video side-by-side with a NR70V to demonstrate the improved multimedia capabilities of an ARM-based processor when compared with a Dragonball one. It also shows that Sony has successfully added hi-res+ support to OS 5.
Sony is still keeping a tight hold on information about its plans for OS 5-based handhelds. This isn't an official announcement of a new model. Sony doesn't give its display model a name or even suggest when or even if it will be available.
Since PalmSource completed work on Palm OS 5 in June and sent it on to its licensees, there has been tremendous anticipation for the first devices using the new operating system. Quite a bit of information has been leaked about an OS 5 device from Palm, rumored to be called the Tungsten, but little has surfaced on anything from Sony.
Thanks to Kevin Harrison for the tip and Eugene for his help with the translation. -Ed
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