Linux Today: Linux News On Internet Time.

Garmin Adopts Android And Windows Mobile

Jun 28, 2009, 09:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Hansberry)

"Even OS5 was the old kernel surrounded by basically a host OS that could enhance some operations of the device. For the most part, you couldn't write a native PalmOS 5 app. You wrote for 4.x and the Palm Application Compatibility Environment (PACE) ran the app for you, and PACE was basically OS 4.x. When they tried to make OS5 a native operating environment via OS6, it was a failure. Not a single device shipped with it. Palm didn't even bother. They then started a custom Linux version and eventually wound up with WebOS, which is shipping with the Pre. This isn't to fault Palm, it is to show you that even a company that has been making consumer devices for a decade can struggle with writing their own OS."

"I suspect Garmin threw in the towel on their flavor of Linux and opted to take an off-the-shelf OS like Android and Windows Mobile and add their own UI tweaks, custom features and drivers, leaving the heavy lifting to Google and Microsoft employees."

Complete Story

Related Stories: