Updated: More Details About Palm OS 6
At the Palm Inc Analyst day 2002 and in an interview with the Register, PalmSource has begun to loosely discuss and divulge plans for the next generation Palm OS 6. The Reg puts it well when they say that OS 6 will be as big a change for PalmSource as OS X was for Apple.
It is expected that OS 6 will possibly incorporate code and technologies acquired when Palm Inc purchased Be, Inc in August of 2001. However, the majority of work put into OS 6 will focus on new universal frameworks and programming API's for existing and upcoming technologies that will be built into the Palm OS platform. Another visible change will be improvements and tweaks to the already graceful Palm user interface (UI).
In David Nagel's presentation at the recent Palm Analyst day in New York City, he stressed that Palm OS 6 will focus on next generation communications and frameworks for new and upcoming technologies. Specifically we can expect to see scalable communications, more robust security features, a new multimedia framework, interchangeable I/O features (such as the ability to incorporate many diffent methods of data input) a new messaging framework and support for web services. Think of frameworks as a broad collection of related programming API's designed to make using the new features common across all devices and licensees.
As the display technology improves and the cost of hardware drops we can also expect to see support for higher resolution screens, much faster processors and new wireless communications.
PalmSource's Chief Competitive Officer, Mike Mace, says that we'll likely see a phased beta program with interim releases. It is speculated that OS 6 will ship to licensees sometime in mid-2003 though this is unconfirmed. Mace also said PalmSource intended the make the new OS Microsoft .NET compatible, and will likely partner with others to provide a run time for the platform.
Update: PalmSource COO, Mike Mace has made a few clarifications and provided some more answers to questions about Palm OS 6 in the comment area.
Thanks to the many who sent in the Register link!
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