Palm OS 6 Will Be Finished In Late December
PalmSource has announced at its developer seminar, currently under way in Munich, that Palm OS 6, code-named Sahara, will be complete by December 29th. The new version will focus on wireless technology standards, security and multimedia.
Developers at the conference are being given a sneak preview at Palm OS 6, in order to outline long term product plans and strategies for using the new os. PalmSource expects to have applications that can take full advantage of OS 6 ready when devices running it become available. Palm OS 5 was released to licensees in June of 2002. Devices that made use of the new operation system became available in October of the same year.
In previous talks about the upcoming OS PalmSource CEO David Nagel stressed that Palm OS 6 will focus on next generation communications and frameworks for new and upcoming technologies. Specifically, scalable communications, more robust security features, a new multimedia framework with a scalable graphics engine, interchangeable I/O features (such as the ability to incorporate many different methods of data input) and a new messaging framework.
Developers will also be able to write fully ARM native applications. With OS 5 developers have had to use armlet's, or snippets of ARM code, to speed up applications to take advantage of ARM processors. OS 6 will also include Multi-processing/threading features, web services (XML/SOAP), a reference Java VM and the PalmSource proxy-less web browser.
Larry Slotnick, chief product officer at PalmSource, has given a few more details in an interview with CNET Asia. Slotnick says the new OS will allow developers to set application priorities to overcome particular difficulties arising with resource-hungry applications such as media players and multitasking issues. It will also contain a standard method for developers to switch screen orientations to easily, allowing both portrait and landscape mode.
PalmSource will release a software development kit for OS 6 at its spring conference on February 10 next year. PalmSource will still continue to develop OS 5 after the release of 6 and is making a special telephony edition of OS 5 for mobile phones.
PIC has previously attained possible early draft screen captures of what OS 6 may look like.
Thanks to Gaurav for the tip
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