Colligan Talks About Next Generation Palm OS Progress
Palm's CEO Ed Colligan made a number of comments on the next generation linux-based operating system currently under development at Palm. Colligan made a series of comments on its progress, potential and estimated delivery during remarks at today's Q1 FY08 investor conference call.
Colligan told investors in his opening remarks that the Centro systems team and all Foleo engineers are now totally focused on delivering the next generation platform. He also put a concrete timeframe on its debut, stating they expect it to be "available" by the end of next calendar year.
After years of lingering rumors, Colligan first confirmed the project at an analyst event in April 2007. The OS is widely expected to be the long awaited replacement to the Palm OS. This Linux based OS has been largely developed at Palm and is not to be confused with ACCESS Inc's mobile Linux project, ALP.
Colligan further remarked that part of the focus on the new OS is that Palm does not lose the ease of use and developer support they have had for more than a decade with the Palm OS and will extend Palm's rich heritage of innovation.
Later in the Q&A section of the conference call questions about the new OS came up a number of times and Colligan made further remarks on the issue. When asked about how progress was coming along and if Palm was meeting its milestones on the new OS Ed remarked that the development has "gone as well as possibly could be expected" and he felt that it was coming along on schedule. He also stated that there was much more excitement around it internally at Palm as developers at Palm are now starting to see it working on devices.
When asked where things stood on the Foleo project post cancellation, Colligan again touched on the next-gen OS saying that the future system will enable Palm to deliver a whole range of different products in various form factors including a Foleo like device, all using the same Palm platform.
Further on in another question Colligan remarked that Palm is not ceding the high end of the smartphone market to anybody, and that the next generation device will deliver more revolutionary device types.
Click the audio player below to listen to a couple of selected quotes from the conference call. You will be able to find an archive of the call on Palm's Investor Relations site sometime soon.