Palm OS Quickies: Astraware MLT, Google Maps
Starting with the good news, long-time mobile software specialists Astraware have released a new version of their My Little Tank game for Palm OS users. Bearing version number 1.14, this is the first update to the title since a major update November of last year. The new update adds support for numerous new languages with no new gameplay or content updates. A full listing of the added languages can be found on Astraware's product revision page. You can reference my review of this fun little game from way back in 2006. I still play it occasionally and would put it on the short list of classic Palm OS games that have stood the test of time quite well, as last year's update really added some additional value to the title.
Google Maps Mobile
On a more worrying note, I was recently helping someone configure a relatively new Palm Centro and decided to download the latest Google Maps Mobile (22.214.171.124) release for Palm OS devices. I went to the usual Google Maps download page in Blazer (google.com/gmm) and was greeted with this error message "Sorry, the Google Maps application does not work on your OS 5. However, you can access Google Maps on the go by using the web version".
Fortunately, I was able to find a link to an archived version [google.com] of the download but this could disappear at any time. This is always wise advice when dealing with downloadable software that might be close to EOL status or whose develop may have gone out of business or just simply ceased support. So to everyone who has 126.96.36.199 on your Palm OS device, make sure you Hotsync your device and/or backup your various PRCs!