OS 5 to Include Java Support, Web Browser, VPN Client
At the TechXNY tradeshow today, PalmSource's CEO David Nagel said that Palm OS 5 will include features important to enterprise customers.
PalmSource and Insignia Solutions are working together to create a standard Java interface to run on the Palm OS platform. It is also working with Access Systems America to develop a new, secure, proxyless browser for OS 5. The new operating system will also include an evaluation version of SoftRemotePDA Virtual Private Network (VPN) client.
Based on the Insignia Mobile Foundation, which provides a highly optimized implementation of the Java2 Micro Edition standard, and integrated with the PDA Profile (JSR-75) set of Java APIs, the Palm OS based Java solution will provide powerful Java capabilities. PalmSource has taken the lead to develop the PDAP specification and drive it through the Java Community Process with the goal of making it the Java standard for handhelds and smartphones.
The PDA Profile is a single, unified set of Java APIs that will let feature-rich handhelds and smartphone deploy Java-based applications. It gives Java developers a standardized, PalmSource-endorsed suite of Java APIs allowing them to develop Java apps for the broad range of Palm OS products.
Java has become an important standard in the enterprise market and in certain wireless markets, such as the mobile phone market. In the wireless market, Java support will let Palm OS products use dozens of mobile operator networks worldwide that have standardized their mobile services offerings on Java.
PalmSource will only give the Palm OS licensees an evaluation version of SafeNet's SoftRemotePDA to decide whether they want to include it in their handhelds. If they choose to do so, they will have to make an arrangement with SafeNet.
VPNs allow users to securely access private corporate networks over the Internet.
About OS 5
PalmSource put the finishing touches on the core of Palm OS 5 and sent it to the licensees earlier this month to include in their next generation of handhelds, expected in the coming months.
At the heart of the new operating system is its support for ARM-based processors. This will allow the Palm OS to run on much faster processors and greatly increase what it can do in the way of multimedia. It also offers greater security and wireless support.
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