Palm News - Centro GSM + Linux OS Delayed
Today we have some good news and some very bad news… For starters the good news is that a leaked image appears to confirm that a new Treo smartphone (pictured below) is headed to AT&T. The device looks identical to the Sprint Centro but has the Treo logo at the top left which might hint that it may be released as the Treo 500p. Additionally, it’s interesting to see some new applications on the device such as PushToTalk (finally) as well as AT&T’s Xpress Mail, (Shopping) Mall and Music.
On another front, the very bad news is that Palm’s CEO Ed Colligan appears to now have confirmed in a recent conference call that the long awaited Linux OS that the company has been frantically developing for some time (years) will not become available on new devices before “the end of next calendar year” (end 2008).
At first I thought that this was a mistake and that Colligan had been misquoted but it’s now the second time within a few short weeks that he has given an estimated ETA of late 2008. I thus have to reluctantly and very disappointingly conclude that my previous hopes of seeing a new high-end Treo smartphone with the Linux OS by Q1 ‘08 are now pure fantasy.
Overall, I don’t know whether to feel angry or simply dismayed at this latest delay. While I guess that I can live with the existing PalmOS for a while longer, I nonetheless find it unacceptable not to see meaningful improvements to the PalmOS in the meantime – an area where Palm has done next to nothing in the last few years. Like me people are scratching their heads wondering why the company has not even made basic, simple and quick changes such as applying a more modern skin to give it a more attractive look and feel.
I have absolutely no doubt that when released the Linux OS will be absolutely great – Palm is spending literally hundreds of millions on its development – but we’re all simply tired of hearing that “it’s coming soon”. Sure, there are already signs thanks to the Centro and Treo 500 that at least Palm’s hardware design team is starting to get things right again but it unfortunately suffers because of the lack of the new OS…
Treo 500p image via GearDiary
Treonauts hate to be delayed…