No more Palm OS devices from Palm, other details

Pre Central has posted Palm CEO Ed Colligan's talk with investors, revealing many interesting details. Amongst the most interesting of these is the fact that Palm will not release any more PalmOS devices after the Pre, and will concentrate on Windows Mobile and webOS. This no-more-PalmOS mantra does not include the Centro, being released by other carriers.

Palm has revealed other exciting news, such as the fact that the Pre will have an App Store at launch, as well as the ability to 'side-load' applications, either wirelessly or via USB. This is good news, and maybe other companies will follow suit. Colligan also talked about Pre's carrier exclusivity; North America will be sold on Bell Canada, Latin America will have multiple carriers and Europe is highly suspected to be Vodafone. However, for those not too happy about this, the Pre will be targeted for release on other carriers in 2010.

Lastly, Colligan talked about patents, stating Palm has 15 years worth of patents (around 1500) and happily mentioned there are currently no legal troubles with Apple. He also talked about patent fights between companies, saying, "The reason you do that is to have a defensive position. It's like two little porcupines going around, and you don't want to touch each other because you might get stung. You peacefully coexist and everything's OK and you keep working together. We're very respectful about people's intellectual property, we believe we're huge innovators and have been for a lot of years and that this product has an enormous number of innovations in it. If something does happen there, we do have the portfolio, we think to defend ourselves and to be successful doing that. But nothing's happened to date, so we're really just focused on getting the product out the door."

All this is good news for those waiting for a Pre, although if you want one on another carrier, you'll want to wait until next year.

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Good riddance to bad rubbish. I have always hated the palm OS because it was always buggy as hell and they have horrible tech support. Them switching to windows mobile will save me so much heartache and pain.

I feel sorry for the saps that want a pre (I don't want one as it doesn't perk my interest) in canada but have to goto bell, no one should need to goto bell for any services.

I was hoping Rogers would be the first to get it. But looking at Sprint and Bell, it appears the Pre would be a CDMA phone first, GSM sometime later. That would make sense as Palm did plan to release a GSM Pre towards the end of 2009 or early 2010.

After Bell dicked around with our Sympatico billing, I can't see myself returning to them anytime soon.

it's good to see palm finally have the balls to cut their sagging sacks off for a fresh start.

palm os is pathetically well beyond its life cycle and should have been buried a long time ago.

I hope you change you're rom for a cooked one. If not, pm me, I'll guide you. Believe me, once you'll had flash, you won't go back to those loosy oem roms.

Sad to see the Palm OS die :(

My first time on the internet (Windows 95 era) I entered a contest and won a Palm Pilot right from US Robotics it was really sweet at the time that I could download and install applications on a handheld I have been a devoted Palm user until 3 years ago and then switched to Windows Mobile.