Palm OS 4.1 Upgrade is Now Available
As expected, Palm has made available an upgrade to Palm OS 4.1. The Palm OS Upgrade with Mobile Connectivity is available in CD-ROM format for $39.95 at the Palm Store. Handango is also offering the upgrade CD.
According to a Palm spokesperson, the upgrade to OS 4.1 will be free to current users of Palm OS 4.0 though Palm hasn't officially announced this.
This upgrade program is only for Palm-branded handhelds. Other licensees are responsible for releasing their own. The Palm OS® upgrade CD comes in desktop versions for both Windows and Mac.
The older Palm models that can be upgraded to OS 4.1 include the whole V series, the Palm III, IIIx, IIIxe, and IIIc. The IIIe and m100 series do not have flashable ROM and the Palm VII series doesn't have enough room in its ROM for OS 4.1.
The new features in OS 4.1 for OS 3.5 users include the Mobile Connectivity Kit, which allows the handheld to connect to the Internet with a mobile phone. It also includes the Note Pad app for scribbling notes directly on the screen and improved alarm controls. The on-screen keyboard has also been improved.
Many of the new functions in OS 4 are hardware-related and won't affect older models that lack the hardware involved.
The only differences between Palm OS 4.0 and 4.1 are bug fixes.
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