by Mike Masnick

PalmSource Finally Shows Its Smartphone OS

Took 'em long enough. While just about everyone has known that the future of the PDA market was in smartphones, the folks at PalmOne and PalmSource have been twiddling their thumbs -- often giving lipservice to the idea, but seemingly unable to do very much (other than buy Handspring for their Treos). Now, PalmSource is finally revealing their smartphone operating system -- and they claim it will soon be included on 11 different products, though they fail to name which ones. Of course, there already are a few smartphones powered by PalmOS, so you can assume those will make the jump, but it may be interesting to see who else they've convinced that they can be a serious alternative to Symbian and Microsoft. In the meantime, many people actually (surprisingly) claim they're pretty damn happy with their current smartphone or PDA OS provider and plan to stick with them going forward (suggesting, perhaps, that PalmSource isn't as late to the game as you would think...).

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