Reactions from the Mobile Tech Industry
So what are other people saying about PalmSource's new moves? PalmInfocenter asked a few of our favorite webmasters, CEOs and mobile enthusiasts from all sides of the mobile Industry for their reactions on the historic events. updated
Rob Malda - Founder, Slashdot.org (USA, MI)
"A lot of companies have tried to use Linux for the core of their systems. I think this is fantastic, provided they understand that Linux comes from the guys who like to tinker. PalmSource will be legally obligated to return code changes back to the community. But I hope that they will take that further and make it not only possible to modify the system, but actually encourage it. I kind of doubt that will happen, but here's hoping!"
Peter Rojas - Engadget.com (USA, NYC)
"I don't know what exactly will come out of all this, or whether this will be enough for PalmSource to hit back against Microsoft and grab some marketshare away from Symbian, but it definitely shows that they're wiilling to take some risks and shake things up. Taking chances is exactly what they need to be doing right now."
Phil Torrone - FlashEnabled (USA, WA)
"I personally think Palm needs to drop the PDA line, only go after SmartPhones and if this get them shipping Operating Systems faster, it can only be a good thing for the entire industry. I'm still waiting for real multi-tasking once Cobalt comes out."
Kenny West - Founder, PalmGear.com (USA, NC)
"We are very encouraged and supportive of the recent announcement made by PalmSource regarding their acquisition of ChinaMobileSoft Limited," said Kenny West, vice president of Motricity's Palm Consumer Channel. "As a strategic partner, Motricity is well-positioned to support PalmSource's decision to develop a Linux version of the Palm OS. We are very committed in helping PalmSource further extend their leadership position in the mobile software industry."
Sammy McLoughlin - PalmAddicts (UK)
"I think this is a good move. I am excited and look forward to seeing what is to be developed. The Linux community are a enthusiastic and passionate group of people and I believe that Palm OS devices will be exciting and offer so much potential that I feel that as Palm users we will be able to take advantage of. To sum up how I feel - excited!"
Lindsey Dyson - Deputy Editor for PalmAddicts also notes, "Linux has appealed to me in the past. I share the same excitement as Sammy and I think that we will see some exciting developments and of course software titles. If anything I hope Linux will be able to allow us multitasking."
Jørgen Sundgot - InfoSync World (Norway)
"Although not entirely surprising given its shrinking base of licensees which develop mass-market devices, PalmSource's intent to acquire China MobileSoft is certain to raise eyebrows. The move could lend credibility to a platform which has attracted minimal attention from mobile device mainstays in the Western hemisphere, and is also likely to pose serious competition for mobile Linux market leader Trolltech's Qtopia platform."
Clint Patterson - VP of Marketing for Handango (USA, TX)
"We view this acquisition as extremely positive on three fronts. First, it ensures that Palm OS will exist - in one form or another - over the long term. Second, we applaud PalmSource's efforts to build smarter phones. Through our experience, smartphones drive significantly more revenue for developers and operators than basic phones, which only play midlets and ringtones. With more smartphones in the market, the entire ecosystem will benefit. Third, it promises an increase in the number of applications from which customers can choose. The loyal cadre of Palm OS developers coupled with the zealous Linux developer base creates a truly prolific developer community building more compelling mobile applications."
Michael Gartenberg - Vice President & Research Director, Jupiter Research (USA, NYC)
A year and a half a go I asked on my weblog, "What if PalmSource put the Palm interface on Linux?" and now it seems they have gone and done just that. This move can open up some opportunities for PalmSource to encompass a spectrum of products and allow licenses to build devices up and down the cost spectrum from the high to low end.
The Linux core will also give them the kernel functionality they need without having to develop it themselves, allowing licensees to innovate new form factors and get devices to market faster as well as serving as single source of platforms and applications for vendors.
The challenge they have is to carefully explain the platform differences to the market and how the old platforms will integrate with the new and what the opportunities for licensees as well as application developers are.
Rafe Blanford - All About Symbian (UK)
"The smartphone developer scene just got really interesting. Palm OS will be better able to leverage its 1 million developers in the smartphone arena. I've always seen Palm OS as more of a competitor for the Microsoft vision of smartphones (data centric versus Symbian's communication centric). Symbian, especially the Series 60 UI is something different. Which vision you agree with is both a personal thing and a matter for further debate, though I think there's room for both because it is more of a difference of use debate. Europeans favouring the communication centric versus the US data centric model resulting from a different history of PDA and mobile telephone usage."
Kent Pribbernow - PocketFactory (USA, IN)
"What's really interesting is that PalmSource has violated one of its most sacred principles of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), that cramming a desktop OS into a mobile device was a flawed..inferior design solution; a vision that was often used as a basis for criticism against Microsoft's Windows CE platform, which many accused of being a bloated desktop crammed into a Sardines can. And yet PalmSource now intends to bolt its OS onto a full blown desktop/server platform...like a tipsy truck-mounted camping trailer. Physician, heal thyself."
Carl Zetie - Analyst with Forrester Research (USA, MA)
"With the announcement of its plan to acquire China MobileSoft (CMS), PalmSource will greatly extend its reach in both the low-end feature phone market and the highest end of the smartphone market, bringing Palm’s ease of use to a broader audience. The merged PalmSource/CMS will be attractive to both operators and handset makers as a single source that can potentially address the entire range of their smart device requirements."
Moaz HAMID - Palmdubai.net (Dubai, UAE)
"It look like palmOne doesn't have to look further than palmOS as palmSource found the answer to the formula that puzzled palmOne, especially the present of palmOS in the Chinese market."
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