Where is Palm OS 6?
The next generation version of the Palm OS was promised to be completed by this time. Dec 29th has come and gone without a peep out of Sunnyvale. Is Palm OS 6 still on track for an on-time release to licensees?
The December deadline has now come and gone without a word out of PalmSource. No press releases, developer communications or any sort of official announcements have gone out. PalmSource Director of Competitive Analysis, Crhis Dunphy, stated in an email that the PalmSource offices have been closed for the holidays between Dec 24th and Jan 4th. He did confide that things are "going good" at PalmSource but could not give any sort of official word until the office re-opens this Monday.
The new OS is said to focus on next generation technologies, wireless technology standards, security and multimedia. Developers will also be able to write fully native ARM optimized applications. OS 6 will also include Multi-processing/threading features, web services (XML/SOAP), a reference Java VM and the PalmSource proxy-less web browser. OS 6 will also include Multi-processing/threading features, web services (XML/SOAP), a reference Java VM and the PalmSource proxy-less web browser.
PalmSource also previously indicated they will release a software development kit for OS 6 at its spring conference on February 10, 2004. 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. Handhelds running Palm OS 6 are not anticipated to debut until at least the summer of 2004.
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