Sunday, February 20, 2005

The CMS merge is starting to take effect

PalmSource recently bought China MobileSoft, and thus aquired a working Linux distribution caled mLinux that targets mobile devices (smartphones mainly). At the time when PalmSource first published the informations about the aquisition, everybody was buzzing about how China MobileSoft has 10 licencees for their OS-totally ignoring the nice tidbits that come with mLinux abnd that will possibly benefit Palm Os users. TamsPalm has taken a short look at the programs CMS has on offer-here is what I found:
mBrowser
Finally, the Palm OS gets a usable web browser. Yahoo! Visit the homepage to take a look at the stats, everything seems to be there what you need everyday(Javascript, HTML4 , Unicode support...). While this may not be a benefit for current OS5 devices who still have to stick out with their abysmal web sleepers, the future of the Palm OS looks brighter now...
mMMS
Here we have a full-fledged SMS/MMS application. Looks as if the days of FunSms's unlimited growth finally are counted.
In addition, CMS has loads of other applications available that will greatly enhance the Palm OS's wireless capabilities. Among them is a Flash Player, a dictionary, games, a media player, etc. These applications come packed in two main distributions called mFone and FeaturePhone, that can be licenced as appropriate!
Lets conclude for now-this is a merger that really has a reason. When Be was bought up, I felt that little of the technology could be reused. Too different were the BeOS and the Palm OS. However, now PalmSource has actually bought another mobile technology provider, that already has working tech that goes well(unlike Be....). The licencees are no small companies:

  • CEC Telecom
  • CEC Wireless
  • Cellon
  • Intel
  • Freescale
  • NeoMagic
  • Skyworks
  • Texas Instruments
  • Konka
  • ZTE
Palm OS users shall be on the look for new stuff to come-exciting times to come, dudes!
What do you think?

3 Comments:

Blogger Ben Combee said...

mBrowser has good specs, but I think that Web Browser 3.0 (running on Palm OS Cobalt) actually does a better job of complex site and style handling. mBrowser doesn't have PNG or CSS support, things that are in WB 3.0.

In the OS 5 space, I've been really pleased with Blazer 4 on the Treo 650. It's been able to handle almost all of the informational sites I've needed to go to.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Steven Fisher said...

The big news, long term at least, is HotSync going away. But I'm sure PalmOne will continue to ship HotSync devices for a long, long time. :(

6:13 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
thank you all for the interesting infos.
The problem with Blazer is IMHO: only available on freaking Treo 650/Tungsten T5, not available to huge user base due to ....
Best regards
Tam Hanna

10:58 AM  

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