Garnet VM Beta 3 Released for Nokia Tablets

Garnet VM NokiaAccess has released a new update to its Palm OS Garnet VM for Nokia Internet Tablets. New features in the Garnet VM Beta 3 (v1.02b) include various bug fixes in Garnet VM core components, some bug fixes in Garnet PIM applications and application compatibility updates for Billiards and Toxic Balls.

The Garnet VM is a virtual machine that essentially acts as an emulator with the ability to run native Palm OS applications on the Nokia N770, N800 and N810 devices. It supports over 30,000 native software applications written for the Palm OS, including some of the most popular mobile applications on the market, such as Google Maps, Bejeweled, SnapperMail and Sudoku.

The Garnet VM runs compatible Palm OS applications with a 320 x 480 screen resolution. There are settings to change the default storage size, display configuration and storage heap. Basic versions of the Palm OS Garnet Address Book, Calculator, Date Book and Memo Pad are included. Users are able to install any Palm OS application and can configure compatibilty per app (memory, display and device model).

Nokia Palm OS TabletThe Garnet VM for Nokia Internet Tablets also includes Graffiti 1 character recognition, TCP/IP Networking support, the ability to Network Hotsync and language support for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

You can check out our earlier article with pictures and video demo of the first version of the Garnet VM released in Nov '07.

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what a waste of resources

happyPalm @ 11/26/2008 1:09:56 PM # Q
When will ACCESS release the Linux smartphone?

RE: what a waste of resources
akalefty @ 11/26/2008 5:05:54 PM # Q
We don't make phones, we make software. Our customers make phones, and I don't comment on their road maps or release plans.

RE: what a waste of resources
Gekko @ 11/27/2008 1:10:17 PM # Q

you have customers? your track record says ALP is a road to nowhere.

RE: what a waste of resources
SeldomVisitor @ 11/27/2008 1:23:41 PM # Q
> you have customers?...

Soon! Soon!

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Why Garnet...?

LuisAngelCastillo @ 11/26/2008 2:13:58 PM # Q
Why a VM with Garnet and not with NOVA or Palm OS 6...

RE: Why Garnet...?
SeldomVisitor @ 11/26/2008 2:28:57 PM # Q
Different companies.

RE: Why Garnet...?
LiveFaith @ 11/26/2008 3:06:43 PM # Q

An emulator for an actual OS is almost always preferable to those for vaporware OSes.

Pat Horne

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Dead dog + dead dog

mikecane @ 11/26/2008 4:02:17 PM # Q
Does not equal one live cat.

RE: Dead dog + dead dog
LiveFaith @ 11/26/2008 4:41:24 PM # Q

I thot this would rattle your cage. Looks like time to bring back the tab baby! Palm OS sw on the Nokia tablet sounds about like digital Utopoia to me!

Pat Horne

two drunks
Gekko @ 11/27/2008 1:12:56 PM # Q

an Access-Nokia collaboration is like two drunks trying to keep each other from falling.


Nokia pulls out of Japan, nobody notices

RE: Dead dog + dead dog
mikecane @ 11/28/2008 10:56:07 AM # Q
Nokia will soon kill their Anti-Internet Tablet and nobody will notice *that*, either.

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Put It On Android

DarthRepublican @ 11/27/2008 12:33:54 AM # Q
I just got a T-Mobile G1 and I would love to be able to run Datebk5 and HandyShopper on it.

Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680
RE: Put It On Android
Gekko @ 11/27/2008 1:08:52 PM # Q

G1 vs. PalmOS review please?

RE: Put It On Android
SeldomVisitor @ 11/27/2008 1:22:42 PM # Q
> G1 vs. PalmOS review please?

Way cool!



RE: Put It On Android
DarthRepublican @ 11/27/2008 7:10:50 PM # Q

G1 vs. PalmOS review please?

But, but, but are you asking for a G1 vs Treo/Centro review or an Android vs PalmOS review? Because as an OS, Palm can't hold a candle to Android but in terms of UI, and PIM apps, the PalmOS is clearly better.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. One of the reasons why I bought the G1 in the first place was because the data connection for my Treo 680 had been becoming increasingly slow and unstable. Now previously when I ran into similar problems, I would hard reset it and reinstall my apps. But not this time. This time I got a G1 and the difference was stunning. The G1 has 3G, wifi, and GPS radios and they all work perfectly and seamlessly without any lag (other than the obvious slower download speeds that are inevitable when only a slower Edge connection is available). The G1 automatically drops the 3G connection and switches to my home wifi network and vice versa in a fraction of second. I can quickly and easily install apps-most of them free-from the G1's app store. The browser is fast, allows you to keep multiple pages open, handles full non-mobile websites with aplomb, and never seems to crash or slow down.

The UI on the other hand while very pretty, lacks the "Zen of the Palm" that makes the Treo so simple to use. While the G1 has done a nice job of duplicating the Treo 680/Centro phone application (only the main phone screen is missing), it lacks little things like the ability to bring up your Bluetooth settings by tapping on a tiny icon. The PIM applications are bad. There is no built-in to do list or memo pad. There is no desktop sync and the Calendar application is very basic.

The nice thing about the G1's connected nature is that I can pop out the SIM card and use it as a web tablet with my wifi connection. But this turns out to be a double-edged sword. For some reason, the G1 appears to forget about your open browser pages and about your non-Gmail e-mail account when you remove its battery. The one thing that Palm did right when it moved to NVFS memory was that an NVFS PDA or smartphones could drain its battery without losing data. Now I have to worry about losing my e-mail setting if my battery runs out of juice. And this is a very real threat-the G1's battery life is terrible.

I haven't really had enough time to fully evaluate the G1. I hope to post a more comprehensive review on my blog later.

Screw convergence
Palm III->Visor Deluxe->Visor Platinum->Visor Prism->Tungsten E->Palm LifeDrive->Palm TX
Visor Pro+VisorPhone->Treo 180g->Treo 270->Treo 600->Treo 680

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