DGOS Update, m500 deal, eReader on webOS
Quickies: Kicking off this batch of quickies is a report from Tam Hanna from TamsPalm of a Palm-sponsored developer event in Germany on February 10th. No word as any specific details such as time or even the venue for the session. The event is intended to celebrate the one-millionth app download from the Palm App Catalog as well as cover important topics for European WEbOS developers around the usual items of discussion such as Mojo, Ares, and the upcoming PDK.
Secondly, Dmitry Grinberg has posted several updates to his DGOS blog since our last report. The latest news for his project is that USB mass storage compliance is coming to the Palm TX and T|E2 NAND issues have been sorted out. Most encouraging of all is the news that he is hoping to give a UI demo soon for DGOS. DGOS is Mr. Grinberg's ambitious effort to create a new Palm OS-compatible OS for scratch. His current list of target devices includes the TX, LifeDrive, and Tungsten E2.
Up next, we have what may be the last chance to purchase a "like-new"version of one of the classic Palm OS handhelds. Tech e-tail giant Newegg has a quantity of rectified Palm m500 handhelds for sale for $19.99 + $1.99 shipping. Earlier in the week these units were on special for $9.99, making it one heck of a deal. No flap cover, documentation or software is included with the device and customer reports state that the unit is obviously previously used. Customer reviews also state that this unit thankfully runs OS 4.0 with classic Graffiti, not the newer OS 4.1.2 that some later-production m515s received. Still, for a classic device that many people (myself included) consider the pinnacle of PDA design, that price is hard to beat, especially if you need a spare Universal Connector Hotsync cradle.
Finally, PreCentral has reported the news that longtime Palm OS E-book stalwart eReader is not going to be ported to WebOS anytime soon. PreCentral's article also has a nice roundup on the current state of the union as far as E-book readers for WebOS. All things E-book are a hot topic not, what with the recent Apple iPad announcement and the usual wrangling between the traditional content publishing houses and digital delivery content resellers such as Amazon and Apple.
I've been playing around with eReader for Android recently after using it for years on my various Palm OS devices and the news that the Barnes & Noble-owned entity is not going to support Palm's latest platform is quite disappointing. Longtime readers may be familiar with the active history of that company, as prior to the current B&N ownership, eReader was owned by Fictionwise, Motricity/PalmGear, and Palm Inc. after originally launching as PeanutPress.