Palm OS brand hands over to Access


Palm OS brand hands over to Access

Antony Savvas

The Palm operating system brand for mobile devices is to be officially dumped by its new owner, which is now concentrating on Linux-based software systems.

PalmSource, the company that owned the Palm OS, was sold by PDA maker Palm to Japan’s Access last year.

Access, which has developed its own OS and browser software, said the Palm brand will now be subsumed by the Access OS brand.

Access’ NetFront browser is used on 279m mobile and fixed devices worldwide, and the Palm OS is used on 40 million mobile devices worldwide.

The first product from Access to combine technologies from both NetFront and Palm is the Access Linux Platform (ALP), announced this February.

To help incorporate the Palm brand into the Access technology offering, the company has adopted a new logo and launched a new website.

PDA maker Palm now relies on the Windows Mobile OS from Microsoft.

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