New Palm Nova OS to be unveiled at CES 2009

Palm, as a company, seems like it’s in the verge of a meltdown. While other smartphone platforms are flourishing, and subsequently raking in the big bucks (or if not, then at least surviving), Palm has experienced significant losses. There hasn’t been one innovation on Palm’s front in years, and many suspect there may be no way to save them.

But the company bills on newfound hope for next year, as they take the stage during CES 2009 to unveil a completely new version of their operating system, currently codenamed “Nova.” Much of what it’s capable of is still unknown, but it is said that with this new smartphone OS, Palm aims to “bridge the gap between Research In Motion’s (RIMM) BlackBerry devices, oriented to work and e-mail, and Apple’s iPhone, oriented to fun.”

But while the Palm Nova OS sounds like something to look forward to, even executives themselves at Palm will admit that it won’t be a direct rival to the BlackBerry or iPhone platform. So how is this supposed to save Palm?

Palm’s general idea, according to a report from Business Week, is to create a platform that’s flexible enough to support a wide range of customer desires. They know that no single product can satisfy all the unmet needs of today’s digital consumers, so they’re going for that front.

We expect to learn more about Palm’s Nova OS as CES 2009′s launch date draws near, though we’re only fairly optimistic about them making a comeback in the smartphone arena shortly after that.

Author: David Gonzales

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  • Edward Virtually

    The real tragedy here is that Palm had years and years as the sole player in the field, and could easily have developed a real (single threaded is not) operating system in that time. But they chose to just collect profits instead and are now in a fight for their life vs. Windows Mobile, Asteroid, and whatever the iPhone's OS is called.

  • http://www.electronicpulp.net David Gonzales

    Exactly. Hopefully by now, they've learned their lesson. Though you can't really blame them, since their behavior was typical of successful entities back in their prime time (letting your product or service rot just because the competition seems to be unable to catch up), at least they're doing the right thing now and trying hard to catch up

  • Edward Virtually

    The real tragedy here is that Palm had years and years as the sole player in the field, and could easily have developed a real (single threaded is not) operating system in that time. But they chose to just collect profits instead and are now in a fight for their life vs. Windows Mobile, Asteroid, and whatever the iPhone's OS is called.

  • http://www.electronicpulp.net David Gonzales

    Exactly. Hopefully by now, they've learned their lesson. Though you can't really blame them, since their behavior was typical of successful entities back in their prime time (letting your product or service rot just because the competition seems to be unable to catch up), at least they're doing the right thing now and trying hard to catch up