Palm Nova - Palm's new operating system

Already on January 8, 2009 at CES, Palm promises to show the long-awaited new operating system, codenamed Palm Nova, which has been rumored for a long time. They say that Nova’s functionality will surprise everyone: there will be features that “no one has ever seen” (these are the words of one of the Apple developers who have now switched to Palm). According to some reports, there will even be some rudiments of an intelligent interface. For example, your smartphone will independently download weather forecasts from the Internet for the dates and places that are indicated in your diary for business trips.

Perhaps Nova is Palm's stagnant company’s last hope to keep up with the outgoing locomotive of the smartphone market, which is dominated by the iPhone and Blackberry. Things are getting worse with Palm. The latest version of Palm OS remains Palm OS 5, which was released six years ago. The appearance of Palm OS 6 was expected three years ago, but this never happened. The Nova software platform is based on the Linux kernel and will be significantly different from all previous versions of Palm OS.

Simultaneously with the OS on January 8, a line of new Palm models based on it will be announced. They will be positioned as a cross between Blackberry (smartphones for work) and iPhone (smartphones for everyday use). Entering the market for all this is planned for mid-2009. At best, in 2009 they will see three or four new Palm models.

Well-known manager John Rubinstein (former senior vice president of Apple for hardware development) was invited to conduct this new project , and the project is financed by a group of investors led by former finance director Apple Fred Anderson . A number of talented engineers who have left Apple work with them. In total, the company hired 150 new developers, most of whom are working on this particular project.