Preview of Palm OS 5
With PalmSource just getting underway in San Jose, Palm has posted a Palm OS 5 backgrounder at PalmOS.com. PalmInfocenter News Editor Ed Hardy is attending PalmSource and will bring us detailed updates further into the day and all this week.
Palm OS 5 is expected to ship to licensees in the early summer and features a host of improvements, most notably the transition to faster ARM processors and enhanced security, multimedia and wireless support.
Also officially announced today, is the new name of the Palm OS subsidiary. Lead by David Nagel, the group will go by the same name as the annual developers conference, PalmSource.
Key Improvements in Palm OS 5
Even with the enhancements to Palm OS 5, the operating system continues to have a small footprint. "The memory footprint, even the new ARM version, is very efficient," said Gina Clark, vice president of marketing for PalmSource. "It continues to fit inside 4 megabytes (of memory), as it does today. So no change is required by the licensees (of the Palm OS)." The benefits of the efficiency of the operating system translate to the same long battery life and modest hardware requirements that the Palm OS is known for.
- Enhanced security -- To keep sensitive data private, Palm OS 5 offers strong 128-bit systemwide data-encryption services based on the de facto standard RC4 encryption algorithm from RSA Security. In addition, end-to-end security is provided through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) services for email, web browsing and online transactions.
- Multimedia -- The ability to record sound and play CD-quality digital audio brings higher fidelity sound to mobile devices. Support for high-density screens (up to 320 x 320 pixels) doubles screen resolution, and new selectable color themes will let users customize devices.
- Wireless -- In addition to current support for WAN and Bluetooth, Palm OS 5 supports 802.11b for connections to wireless Local Area Networks.
Nagel's keynote today will cover the following:
- The preview of the Palm OS 5 beta, the next-generation Palm OS, and demonstrations of pre-release ARM-compliant hardware from Intel, Motorola and Texas Instruments. The final version of Palm OS 5 is scheduled to be delivered to licensees in early summer.
- Demonstrations of innovative new Palm OS based software programs, incorporating technologies such as speech recognition, biometrics, multimedia, collaboration, wireless networking and Bluetooth.
- Demonstrations of enterprise solutions and products will show why 83 percent of the respondents in a Jupiter research study said their companies plan to support Palm Powered™ devices for mobile applications.
- Demonstrations of new Palm Powered devices from market leaders Handspring, Palm, Inc., and Sony will show why Palm OS continues to lead the worldwide handheld platform market.
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