PalmGear Now Officially Retired
In a rapid closure of the events first mentioned here earlier this month, the PalmGear.com domain is now officially shuttered as of November 27th. All traffic to the PalmGear.com site is now being redirected to the "new" hybrid PocketGear.com site in a effort to swiftly dissolve all references to the classic PalmGear domain, URL and branding.
In addition to the main PalmGear site closure and redirection, Motricity, the owner of both the PalmGear and PocketGear trademarks, domains, and online stores, has also closed down their network of affiliate sites. One casualty of these closures was that our very own PIC/PalmGear store was terminated without prior notification. The ACCESS (formerly PalmSource) and PalmGear co-branded store has also vanished with only a brief message to inform customers of the closure.
Interestingly, Palm Inc.'s Motricity-powered Software Connection store is still going strong as of this writing. With new apps being regularly added to their new releases page and no mention of the PalmGear/PocketGear merger on Palm's site, itís possible that their Software Connection store is going to continue on indefinitely and/or could be spun off and merged into the MyPalm online portal at some point in the future.
Another long term fixture at PalmGear that did not make the move is their once extensive library of freeware titles. It's unknown how many classic Palm OS titles have lost their online presence in the process as the site used to host a large number of niche freeware titles maintained by smaller independent developers and hobbyists.