|Wed Dec 8, 2004 - 8:52 PM EST - By James Hromadka|
First, we plan to make the Palm OS look and feel and the PalmSource� PIM applications available for all price classes of mobile phones, from entry level to high end. CMS and its subsidiaries already have a very wide range of mobile phone applications and a software platform for low-cost mobile phones, as well as a Linux-based smartphone offering. This software is used in a number of current and planned Chinese mobile phones. The CMS software programs will continue to be available, and in the future we plan to equip them with the Palm OS interface, PalmSource PIM functionality, and data compatibility with Palm OS -- and we'll be selling them worldwide.PalmSource's hope is that by working with the Linux community, it will be able to compete more efficiently and cost-effectively with the global mobile phone market. The PalmOS that runs on top of Linux will not replace the current PalmOS, and PalmOS 6.1 (Cobalt) is complete and will have devices based on it shipping in 2005. No date has been set for the release of PalmOS on Linux, but more information will be provided next spring at the company's developer conference.
Second, we intend to increase the rate of innovation in Palm OS, and the range of potential licensees, by making it available on Linux. The Palm OS user interface and the PalmSource PIM applications you know will remain, as well as the advanced features that we've built into Palm OS� Cobalt's software frameworks. Properly written Palm OS applications will also be able to run on Palm OS for Linux.
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