Sony Announces OS Upgrade Program
Starting next month,, Sony Electronics will offer an official upgrade for the Clié N710C from Palm OS 3.5.2 to the latest version, Palm OS 4.1. The upgrade will be done by Sony technicians. For $50, Sony will pickup the handheld, upgrade it, and return it with a CD containing all the apps that come with the N760C.
According to a Sony spokesperson, they decided to upgrade the handhelds with their technicians rather than letting customers do it to "ensure a smooth transition".
Update: Sony has issued a correction to their original statement and now says that the upgrade will not include the three replacement styli. Also, I spoke with a Sony spokesperson about this upgrade prior to the official announcement and was told they would have a two day turn-around. Another person from Sony has now said that information was incorrect and the time this upgrade would take has not yet been determined. -Ed
In addition to support for 16-bit color, the OS 4.1 upgrade program from Sony also offers new applications for the N710C, including the ones that allow Memory Sticks to be mounted as removable drives on Windows PCs. It will also includes the updated version of PictureGear Pocket and its new companion app, Photo Stand.
To many users, this is a moot point as they went ahead last week and performed an unauthorized upgrade using a pirated version of OS 4.1.
In Japan, Sony has dropped the price of the equivalent program for the N700C to 6,000 Yen, about $50.
Thanks to Eugene for the tip about Japan. -Ed
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