PalmSource will replace its proprietary operating system with Linux, following the ac acquisition of mobile phone software firm China MobileSoft.
The move might look smart, it also signals a degree of despair over at the developer of the Palm OS software for PDAs and smart phones. Following the collapse of the PDA market, the company last year revealed a new strategy for its software, focussing development on two new versions targeted at both low and high and smart phones.
While continuing development of the Smart phone Palm OS, few device manufacturers will find the system appealing now that Palmsource effectively has said it will kill the software over time.
On the other hand, PalmSource has upset only a few manufacturers with the move. It most important customer is still Palm One, but the number two Palm OS player Sony last year abandoned the market for PDAs. There are few credible players left.
China MobileSoft on the other hand currently has 10 licensees shipping its software on more than 30 phone models in China.
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