New ALP Screenshots (ACCESS Linux Platform)
To coincide with the LinuxWorld conference taking place in San Francisco, ACCESS launched a new website and also some screenshots of its ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP) which helps to give us an indication as to what the future of Palm’s own next generation operating system might look like (a Treo running this new OS is anticipated at the beginning of 2008).
There’s no doubt that the interface looks quite clean and elegant – one which finally provides more color depth and a 3D feel. In fact I find that it looks rather similar to the interface found on the Apple iPhone.
A few interesting things about ALP include the fact that it is expected to have support for various inputs from a standard QWERTY keyboard, 5Way Nav button, touchscreen and digitizer as well as multiple hard keys. Additionally, an enhanced networking and communication support means that it can offer multiple simultaneous (data + voice) connections, TCP/IP, WiFi (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0, USB data transfer, IrDA (Infrared) and serial. Furthermore, resolutions supported include QVGA (240 x 320), HVGA (320 x 480) and WVGA (800 x 480)…
Separately it also looks like ACCESS will be placing a greater emphasis on multimedia with a robust built-in MP3 music player, video player and photo album management solutions.
While all of this is undoubtedly great news I personally still feel that Palm will have to address (arguably urgently) not only the challenge of a new operating system implementation but also to make significant changes to its hardware, software, services and content strategies – all of which have been in serious decline over the past year and a half.
ACCESS Linux Platform [Official Website]
Treonauts are always pushing for a better future…