Join Date: May 2005
Location: Are we there yet?
PalmSource has taken the next step toward becoming CMS (USA), Inc. I don't anticipate seeing many of the new (and future) licensees' handsets in North America unless they are privately branded or the new OS and UI is entirely modular for carrier convenience.
Where does this leave Palm? Unless they are secretly developing a new OS (which explains their response to broken Find on the E2 was "intentional" and why developers I have contacted re NVFS issues have been unable to resolve, claiming Palm problem-lack info from them) or have killer product forthcoming in the LifeDrive line, basic handhelds are in line to become like calculators (or, if I'm wrong, like the disposable cellphone). Given the Zire 21 is now $60, I think the writing is on the wall. I'm sad; does everything have to be a phone?
Don't get too excited about the Treo 650. It has broken calculator too.
There must be something Palm is quietly working on... Could it have anything to do with the folding screen they recently patented?